This is going to be the last pork loin recipe you will ever need!
The recipe takes less than 10 minutes to get ready, and cooks while you are at work. You come home to a house that smells like heaven, and dinner just about done! Add in some mashed potatoes or wild rice and vegetables and you’re done! The gravy is something I had never tried with pork, but can’t imagine not having it now. The meat will fall apart trying to slice it, so just fork shred it and enjoy!
This pork loin recipe uses some unusual flavor combinations, but I promise it is amazing. We eat this at least once a month. The best part, is that even with a family of 6, there is usually almost 1/2 of a loin left, and it makes phenomenal sandwiches for leftovers. I purchase pork loins at aldi. They come pre-cut as a half loin. They are usually about $6-$7 for each. So when you factor in the other ingredients, potatoes, and some veggies, this meal feeds our family of 6 for under $15! With enough leftovers for sandwiches for 2 days as well.
This is the slow cooker that I swear by! I own three in this size, and have never had a problem with hot spots or any other problems. I can’t recommend it enough. In fact, I have given this slow cooker as a housewarming gift with this very recipe printed!
- 2.5 - . pound pork loin with the fat trimmed off
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1/8 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 2 cups chicken broth (homemade or low sodium)
- Zest of one large orange
- Juice of same orange
- 3 tsp soy sauce (I use low sodium)
- 3 tbs cornstarch
- 1. Mix the spices and orange zest in a bowl. Rub mixture over pork loin. I personally cut the loin in 1/2 first, as I find it fits in my slow cooker better this way.
- 2. In a large skillet, heat the oil, and brown all sides of the pork loin over medium-high heat. You just want a quick sear, not to cook it through. Transfer the pork loin to the slow cooker.
- 3. In a bowl, combine the chicken stock, soy sauce, and juice from your orange. Pour this over the pork loin.
- 4. Put the lid on your slow cooker. Cook your pork loin on high for 4-5 hours, or low (which I do) for 8-10 hours.
- 5. Once ready to serve, remove the pork and place on a platter. Cover with foil to keep warm. Pour the liquid in the slow cooker into a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Mix the cornstarch into 1/2 cup of warm water. Stirring to make sure all lumps are gone. Pour this into the cooking liquid to thicken into gravy, stirring constantly. Season with salt and pepper if you wish
We have cooked pork loins many ways in our home over the years. This recipe though, is the one we keep coming back to. This makes a great, simple meal for company as well. Just start it in your slow cooker, and forget it while you entertain your guests! The meat is good without the gravy for those who don’t like that as well.
Let me know in the comments if you try it, how you like it!