Simple Crock Pot Pork Loin Recipe
Don't you hate it when you forget to think about dinner and everything that sounds good is rock solid frozen? On those days I'll either cook one of our meatless favorites, or a recipe like this crock pot pork loin will save the day. 🙂
We had a couple pork loins in the freezer from our local farm (pastured pork, no antibiotics, the animals aren't fed animal by-products, etc. – get healthy meat here if you don't have a good local source), and I literally threw them into the crock-pot at 1:00 in the afternoon.
Pork Loin Recipe
- Pastured pork loin, however many pounds your family normally eats. For six of us, I use about 4 pounds. Cook more if you want leftovers.
- 1-2 cans of pineapple (get the kind in its own juice, without additives)
- Another small can or two of pineapple juice.
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup fermented soy sauce
- A few cloves of fresh crushed garlic
For best flavor, first brown the pork loin on all sides in a pan with bacon grease, lard, beef tallow, etc. (good fats for high heat), but if yours is frozen like mine usually is, just throw them into the crock pot. Put it on low if it's the morning, or crank it to high if you don't remember to get dinner going until the afternoon. Add fermented soy sauce, garlic, and the pineapple juices, reserving the pineapple to serve with the pork later.
Cook until the pork is soft and falling apart, but don't leave it too long or it'll dry out. I had it on high for about 3 hours and then turned it onto low for another hour or so until we were ready to eat. Just before serving, toss in the pineapple to warm it up a little.
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Have it with a big tasty salad and there's dinner!
I've also served it with other in-season fruits, and plain old buttered noodles (we love Einkorn pasta, but you could also use Spelt, GF/Rice, GF/Quinoa, or sprouted grain pasta) – just toss them with plenty of pastured butter, sea salt & pepper.
Everyone gobbled this whole meal up, and it really didn't take much time at all!
If you have other favorite quick meal ideas, comment below!
More pork loin variations to try:
- Kent’s Easy Asian Pork Loin (gluten-free & low-carb)
- Pork Loin with Cranberry Red Wine Sauce
- Another yummy pork loin that is so tender: Grilled Marinated Pork Loin (and a grilling tip, too)
- Charcoaled (or grilled) pork roast with French brine, from Stanley Fishman
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