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Succulent Slow-cooker Pork Loin in Gravy

It’s that time of year when I like pulling out the slow cooker and letting it cook dinner for us!

This slightly adapted recipe is from Trisha Yearwood’s Home Cooking cookbook.  Not only can she sing, she can evidently cook very well also.  Her cookbooks are filled with down-home simple recipes that would appeal to most anyone.  

We really like pork and I really like the slow-cooker, so this recipe is a win win!  It has the right mix of ingredients with its spicy rub, chicken broth, lemon juice and soy sauce.  The pork is fall apart tender and delicious
Trisha says, “ Before I found this recipe, my attempts at cooking pork loin usually began with high hopes and ended with dry, overcooked meat.  The secret is the slow-cooking crockpot.  Spices in the rub get a chance to really flavor the loin, and it doesn’t dry out.  In fact, it’s so tender that it actually falls apart!” 

Browned in skillet

Ready to slow-cook

The singer/cook is right ~ it is scrumptious!  I hope you try it and like it as much as we do!

Slow-cooker Pork Loin in Gravy


1 (2-1/2 to 3 pound) pork loin
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon cooking oil
2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 teaspoons low-salt soy sauce
3 tablespoons cornstarch
Salt and pepper


Trim the visible fat from the loin; if necessary, cut the roast to fit into a 3 1/2, 4-, or 5-quart crockpot.
In a small bowl, combine the garlic powder, ginger, thyme, and pepper.
Rub the spice mixture over the entire surface of the loin.
In a large skillet, heat the oil and brown the loin slowly on all sides, drain off the fat.
Transfer the loin to the crockpot.
Combine the chicken broth, lemon juice, and soy sauce; pour over the loin.
Cover and cook on a low heat setting for 8-10 hours or on a high-heat setting for 4-5 hours.
When the roast is done, transfer the meat to a serving platter and cover to keep it warm.
To make the gravy, pour the juices from the crockpot into a glass measuring cup.
Skim off the fat.
Measure 2 cups of liquid, adding water to the juices, if necessary to make 2 cups.
Transfer the juices to a saucepan, reserving 1/2 cup.
Stir the cornstarch into the reserved 1/2 cup of juice until dissolved, then stir into the juices in the saucepan.
Heat, stirring frequently, until the gravy is thickened and bubbly, 5-7 minutes.
Cook and stir 2 minutes more.
Season the gravy to taste with salt and pepper.
Slice the roast and serve it with the gravy.

As my dear Aunt Ruth used to say,  “Deeeee-licious!!!”

Be sure to visit my friend, Linda’s blog, @My Kind of Cooking for great tips and delicious easy recipes! 

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  1. I have never had a failure from my slow cooker yet and this does sound so good. A great dish for these cool nights that are now upon us. Keep well Diane

  2. Looks like you managed to get it moist and tender - no easy trick - nice job Pam

  3. I unloaded my slow cooker when I discovered that tenderness and flavor were as easy (or easier) to achieve in a low oven for a mere 3 hours. No browning required.

  4. This is my favorite recipe from that book. The pork is all nice and tender and the gravy has a wonderful flavor. We like to refer to this as the blue plate special at my house. LOL! Looks delicious.

  5. Pam,
    We love pork loin, too, but have never cooked it in the slow cooker. I love the rub, which adds a lot of flavor. A winner for sure.

  6. I just made a pork shoulder in my slow cooker yesterday! I love pork and my slow cooker too. I'm saving this recipe to try soon. It looks mouth-watering!

  7. I need to dust off the slow cooker just for this recipe! Thanks for the inspiration, Pam!

  8. This looks so delicious! Will have to give this a try sometime! Thanks for sharing!

  9. The slow cooker is definitely perfect for meat like this!

  10. Oh Wow! That plate with the mashed potatoes and gravy along side of the pork, looks to die for!! I know what I'll be craving all day now :)

  11. Mmm, that would make good tacos :)

  12. A slow cooker and pork seem to be made for each other. Your meal looks delicious.

  13. Thanks Pam...going to make this tomorrow night for my Michigan guests.

  14. I have a whole loin in the fridge that I am going to break down tonight. Maybe I'll use this recipe for one of the roasts.

  15. Pam All I can see is the comment box. I tried google plus no luck... I have a new laptop cant imagine how else to pull this up... thanks Claudia

  16. Fantastic recipe!!! Did not change anything in recipe. Tastes wonderful!! This is my new go-to chicken recipe! Thanks!!! Pickup Lines Google Gravity Tricks I love you quotes Good Night Quotes


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