Crock Pot Pork Loin with Apples

By Shannon February 11, 2014 Crock Pot

Some days do you feel overwhelmed that you are too busy to make a home cooked meal? I know I have those days, too.  I am a big fan of crock pot recipes, and this is one of my all-time go to recipes when I know I won’t have time to cook.  I love this recipe because it is so versatile, and you can pretty much serve the pork with any side dish.  This pork is flavorful, and the combination of seasonings will remind you of hot apple cider on a crisp fall day.  Leftovers are great for sandwiches, too.

 

Crock Pot Pork Loin with Apples and Roasted Potatoes with Balsamic and Dill

Crock Pot Pork Loin with Apples and Roasted Potatoes with Balsamic and Dill

Crock Pot Pork Loin with Apples

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Ingredients:

1 pound whole pork tenderloin

½ teaspoon meat tenderizer

4 cloves of garlic

½ teaspoon ground rosemary

½ teaspoon onion powder

Salt and pepper to taste

1 medium apple

1 small onion

1 large carrot

2 cups apple juice

Preparation:

  1. Wash and pat dry pork.
  2. Sprinkle pork on both sides with tenderizer and let rest.
  3. Slice the garlic cloves lengthwise into ¼” slices.
  4. Make 1” cuts in the pork and stuff with garlic cloves, spreading them out, approximately 3-4 on each side.   Place the remaining slices in the crock pot.
  5. Season the pork with the rosemary, onion powder, salt and pepper on each side.  After sprinkling the seasoning on, rub the seasoning on the meat.
  6. Place the pork in the crock pot.
  7. Cut the apple into quarter slices and place in the crock pot.
  8. Slice the onion into rings and place in the crock pot.
  9. Cut the carrot into ½” pieces and place in crock pot.
  10. Add the apple juice.
  11. If you are in a rush: Cook on high for 3 hours, or until the meat is tender.  If you have all day, cook on low for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender.

 

Variations: You can substitute the apple juice for apple cider, hard apple cider (the alcohol will burn off), or apple juice/grape juice combination.

You can also add in 1/2 cup sauerkraut, or substitute the apple for pear.

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