Crock Pot Pork Loin with Vegetables
Crock Pot Pork Loin with Vegetables: An easy slow cooker pork loin recipe with potatoes, carrots, and onions in a rich tangy gravy.
Crock Pot Pork Loin
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.
This recipe was delicious. I would highly recommend.
Made tonight and the picky eaters ate it ! I did add chili powder and some cornstarch to thicken the gravy! Will add to my rotation.
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I normally don’t care for Pork but WOW this was sooooo delicious!
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I made this with your ‘Easy Baked Fish with Garlic and Basil’ and together it was one of the best meals I’ve ever made. I will definitely be on my monthly meal rotation 🙂
This was delicious!! The flavors were so unique and tasty!!!
I really like the recipe. I didn’t need as much time as the recipe called for. Will do this one again. Thanks…
Great recipe. One little step I added was deglazing the pan with a little of the beef broth after searing the loin.
Crazy question and since the pork does not have to be seared, can I use frozen pork? I do several recipes with the pork frozen and it ends up moist but do not know in this recipe
It should work, but unfortunately, I can’t offer an exact cooking time on that. If you give it a try, please report back! :)
Does the gravy go into the crock pot? Or do you make it and put on top after the roast is finished cooking?
The gravy is made in the slow cooker as the pork cooks. There’s no need to make it separately. :)
Quick Question: I just purchased a 7qt CrockPot. Will the measurements of the ingredients/time stay the same? I’m finding that having a 7qt instead of 6qt is posing a problem for recipes :(
Thank you very much!
You shouldn’t have any issues here, although, the cooking time might end up closer to the 8-hour mark.
Is it OK to substitute sweet potatoes for the baby potatoes?
Sure! Let me know how it turns out. :)
This dinner was a huge hit for Mother’s Day! Definitely get the low sodium soy sauce. I could only find regular and the “gravy” was a bit salty for my taste but the flavors are delicious. I too poured the droppings into a pan on the stove and added cornstarch to thicken as I doubled the recipe. A little sauce goes a long way. We have gravy left over to freeze and use at a later date!
This was delicious. I used pork loin and cooked 6 hrs on low in crock pot. The loin was about 2.5 lbs. Definitely sear it and definitely use the apple butter. I wasn’t sure on that but the sauce was addictive. I used an extra cup of broth so it wasn’t really gravy. I used extra potatoes and the were drying out because they weren’t in the liquid. Anyway, i didn’t need it. They would have been fine.
Thanks for a great recipe.
This was so yummy! I could drink the gravy! I thickened the gravy in a pot with cornstarch after it cooked. Everyone gobbled it up. This will go into regular rotation at my house now! Thank you for sharing!
Yum! I did not have apple butter so used unsweetened applesauce along with a little nutmeg, clove and cinnamon. Also did not have soy sauce so used Worcestershire. Cooked on high 4 hrs and meat was very tender.
My family loved this dish, even my kids who don’t like pork! The apple butter, Dijon mustard, soy sauce combo is so delicious! I am going to try it in my new Instant Pot this weekend. Thank you for something different.
That’s so great to hear! I’m very happy the kids enjoyed it! :)
Hi, I have a 4 pound pork loin. How long should I cook it and do I need more “sauce”?
If your slow cooker is large enough, you should be able to fully double the recipe, to make sure you have enough sauce and veggies to accompany the pork. It will take a little longer to cook… About 8-10 hours on low. :)
Going to try tonight.. should I cut the potatoes or throw them in whole??
It depends on the size of the potatoes. If you buy the mini potatoes, you can leave them whole.
This was one of THE best dishes I have made. I will admit that I did not use the Apple Butter because it did not appeal to me. We loved it and it will definitely be a regular on my dinner table.
I did not make this recipe yet but would love to try it in the instant pot (IP); any recommendations?
I would brown it, then add all to the IP and cook on high pressure for maybe 10 minutes – long enough to cook the veggies as well as the meat. Let the pressure release naturally for 5-10 minutes and then release it all. You may want to thicken the sauce with some cornstarch, etc, since the IP doesn’t let the moisture evaporate while it’s cooking. That’s my take on it anyway, based on other similar recipes I have. Good luck – I’ll make it that way too. I love the apple butter ingredient!
I made this, but (like lots of others I’m sure) didn’t have any apple butter handy. I substituted with honey and it was delish, but more of a tangy honey mustard taste. I’ll have to think ahead next time and buy apple butter!
Where’s the gravy recipe
This is a self-saucing recipe. The juices in the bottom of the crockpot make the gravy. :)
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Will it mess it up if I don’t 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 if first, but it will definitely look and taste better if you do.
Made this recipe & it was delicious! I didn’t have any apple butter, so I substituted with Maple/Pumpkin butter instead..OMG! Out of this world!
The photo clearly shows a pork tenderloin which is what I just put into my crockpot. Is it supposed to be a pork LOIN which is much shorter. And I seared it all sides as the recipe called for. Have I just botched my recipe?
No, you’re right on track. Yes, there is definitely a difference between pork loin and tenderloin. I used the words “pork loin” in the title because most people aren’t award of the difference and search for tenderloin this way. If you followed the recipe, it will turn out perfectly! :)
The recipe calls for pork loin, but the photo looks like tenderloin to me. A 1.5-2 lb. loin would be much shorter. Curious, because the two cuts of meat cook quite differently.
My dad wants a recipe to make pork loin in his crock pot. This looks great but he doesn’t have access to Apple Butter. Suggestion?
There are ways to make apple butter at home. You can find tons of recipes for home-made apple butter online.
This sounds so Good! Would it work the same with two smaller pork loins? I would love to make it this week with the loins that I have on hand!
Currently have this in my crock pot while I am at work! Can’t wait to try it, it was super simple to put together!
Exciting! Let me know what you think after you taste it. :)
Hi! I’m super excited to try this recipe this week! I did have one question, and it may be a dumb question, but in the beginning when you are wearing the pork loin, is it searing the pork loin 8-10 total or 8-10 minutes on each side?
Hi Staci, It’s not dumb! :)
Sear for 8-10 minutes total, about 2-3 minutes per side.
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This was really good and easy!!
Could you do this without beef broth or with chicken broth instead?
Hi Paige, Absolutely! :)
I have never owned a slow cooker any recommendations on brand and type
What could you use instead of mustard?
The apple butter addition is everything! Love this
It’s a perfect dinner!
I love it when the crockpot can do all the work!
Wow! That sauce is awesome. Did you know that pork is the most eaten meat in France? Beats chicken, fish, been and lamb.
We are on Spring Break next week and this is going on the must-make list
Hi I made this yesterday except for the sauce~ I added low sodium chicken broth and apple pear juice.
It is delicious, I wondered can you make the sauce
separately? Also can I use apple preserves instead of apple butter? Thanks :)