Crock Pot Pork Loin with Vegetables
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We’re serving up a delicious Crock Pot Pork Loin Recipe… But first, let me just say, I never get tired of simple crock pot meals. Especially those that are healthy, yet cozy and inviting.
We eat a lot of chicken and fish in our house, with the occasional grilled steak on the weekend.
Yet one protein I feel often gets sadly overlooked is good ol’ pork. In the summer I tend to grill whole pork tenderloin and serve it with salad. However, the rest of the year I almost forget it exists. What a shame.
I’m trying to remedy the pork-less rut this spring, by cooking some of my favorite pork laden comfort foods.
Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables is an old classic I’ve made for years, just not as often as I would like.
It’s extremely simple to make, with just one whole pork tenderloin, a few veggies, and a simple pour-over sauce that turns into a rich savory-sweet gravy while cooking. What’s not to love?
Pork Tenderloin Crock Pot Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need for this simply delicious pork recipe.
- Pork Tenderloin – Or Pork Loin. To determine which one is best for you to buy, scroll down to the next section. Other than that, this is the main star of this dish.
- Baby Potatoes – This is the starch of the dish. Who doesn’t love potatoes with a meaty meal?
- Baby Carrots – To make this roast a little healthier (and sweeter) we are adding carrots. They balance the rest of the flavors perfectly.
- Red Onion – If red onions don’t go over well with your family, substitute them for yellow onions. When cooked they practically taste the same.
- Garlic – For flavor and seasoning.
Now for the sauce which marinates the pork and the vegetables and eventually turns into the gravy.
- Musselman’s Apple Butter – This brings a distinct sweetened cinnamon-y applesauce flavor to the sauce.
- Dijon Mustard – To balance and compliment the apple butter with tangy flavor.
- Low Sodium Soy Sauce – To add salt and depth. But don’t add too much, a little goes a long way.
- Beef Broth – Even though this is beef flavored broth, it goes perfectly with our pork loin recipe!
What Is The Difference Between Pork Loin And Pork Tenderloin?
Although they sound alike Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin come from different parts of the pig.
A pork loin is a larger and often tougher cut of meat that usually needs to be cooked for a much longer period of time.
However pork tenderloin is long and narrow, so it cooks much faster than pork loin. It’s great for grilling! Yet make sure not to overcook it because it dries out quickly.
Fortunately, in this recipe, the crock pot makes it possible to use either pork tenderloin or pork loin.
How To Make Crock Pot Pork Loin With Vegetables
Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and lay it in the skillet. Sear the pork loin on all sides to seal in the juices and create a crust. (If using a regular skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil.)
Cover the bottom of a large 6-quart crock pot with the chopped onions, baby potatoes, and carrots. Lay the seared pork loin over the top and surround it with the remaining vegetables.
For The Gravy
In a small bowl, whisk together minced garlic, dijon mustard, soy sauce, beef broth, and a surprise ingredient, Musselman’s Apple Butter for a thick zesty sauce with a touch of sweetness.
Pour the mixture over the pork and vegetables.
I love sneaking apple butter into unexpected places. It provided depth and richness, that turned an ordinary recipe into something special.
Musselman’s Apple Butter is now made without High Fructose Corn Syrup. Look for more sweet and savory apple-icious recipes here!
Slow Cooker Pork Loin
- Cover the crock pot and turn on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 2-4 hours. Once the potatoes are tender, dinner is ready.
- Take out the tenderloin and cut into thin slices. Place on a platter, surrounded by vegetables.
- Taste the gravy, and season with salt and pepper as needed. Then pour the gravy over the pork and serve.
Pork Tenderloin Q&A
Do I Have To Sear It First?
Searing the pork loin helps lock in the juices and also give the exterior an appealing appearance. You do not have to sear it first, but it will definitely look and taste better if you do.
Can This Recipe Be Made With Chicken Broth Instead?
Yes, it can! Use either beef or chicken broth. If you are looking for a recipe using less salt try using low sodium broth.
Can’t Find Apple Butter!?
If you can’t find Apple Butter at your local grocery store, you can always make it at home. One of my blogger friends Gina has an amazing Homemade Apple Butter Recipe. You would have to make the apple butter ahead of time but it is SO worth it!
Or you can always try to order it online. Good luck!
This Crock Pot Pork Loin recipe is a true crowd-pleaser.
It’s a sure bet with the starkest meat-and-potato eaters and fills the kitchen with a marvelous aroma that wafts over you as you walk in the door after a long day.
Give it a try!
See The Recipe Card Below For How To Make Crock Pot Pork Loin with Vegetables.
More Simple Dinner Ideas To Try!
- Chicken Sausage Apple Squash Sheet Pan Dinner
- Caribbean Shrimp Burgers
- 4-Ingredient Magic Grilled Chicken Breasts
- Pork Sukiyaki
Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables
- 1 1/2 - 2 pounds pork tenderloin or pork loin
- 1 1/2 pounds baby potatoes
- 1 pound baby carrots
- 1 large red onion, peeled and cut into large chunks
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
- 1/3 cup Dijon mustard
- 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 cup beef broth
- salt and pepper
- Chopped parsley for garnish
- Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and lay it in the skillet. Sear the pork loin on all sides to seal in the juices, about 8-10 minutes total. (If using a regular skillet, add 1 tablespoon oil.)
- Cover the bottom of a large 6-quart crock pot with the chopped onions, baby potatoes, and carrots. Lay the seared pork loin over the top and surround it with the remaining vegetables.
- In a small bowl, whisk the minced garlic, Musselman's Apple Butter, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, and broth together. Pour the mixture over the pork and vegetables.
- Cover the crock pot and turn on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 2-4 hours. Once the potatoes are tender, dinner is ready. Cut the tenderloin into thin slices and place on a platter, surrounded by vegetables. Taste the gravy, and season with salt and pepper as needed. Then pour the gravy over the pork, sprinkle with parsley, and serve.
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Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Musselman’s Apple Butter. All opinions are my own.