October 20, 2013

Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin {with Honey & Cinnamon, too!}

Combine apples, cinnamon, honey, and boneless pork loin in the slow cooker and you'll have one totally delicious, easy meal.  Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin - it's just perfect for Fall.

You've heard of cinnamon and apples.  And honey with cinnamon.  Right?  But cinnamon and pork?  Not so much.  No, cinnamon and pork isn't a standard flavor combination that pops in your head.  But as I recently discovered, pork and cinnamon are really yummy together.  Especially ...

... when you put pork and cinnamon and honey and apples all together.

In a slow cooker.

And add some onions, too.

Are you intrigued like I was?  Oh, I think you should be!  Because this slow cooker combination delivers up one tasty and satisfying meal that's just perfect for Fall.  


Start with a boneless pork loin ... about 2 or 3 pounds ... and cut some slits all across the top, about an inch deep and about an inch apart.  Those slits are going to hold a yummy drizzle of honey  ... and apple slices.  You know, because they can.


Next, season the pork loin with salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  All over.  And inside the slits.  It's super tasty that way.


Brown the pork loin on the stove top {this step is optional, but I think it adds depth of flavor and gives good color} ...


... then place it in the slow cooker, drizzle it with honey, and stuff apple slices in the slits.  Looks good already, doesn't it?


Add some more apples, some onions, and some more cinnamon to the pot ...


... and then leave it be!  For six hours.

Aren't slow cookers great like that?  I mean seriously, walk away for hours ... and hours ... and hours ...

And when you come back, you've got deliciousness.  Like this.

It's a beautiful thing.



Oh, and guess what ... cinnamon and onions are really good together, too!

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Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin
Source:  Crossfit + Paleo = A Winning Combination's Crockpot Honey Apple Pork Loin

Ingredients
  • 2 to 3 lb. boneless pork loin roast
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon, divided
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 or 3 apples, cored and sliced (peel left on)
  • 2 or 3 onions, peeled and left whole
  • 1/4 c. apple cider, apple juice, chicken broth, or water
  • 4 T. honey
  • 2 T. olive oil
Directions
  1. Cut slits, about 1/2 to 1 inch deep, across the top of the pork loin. Sprinkle all sides and inside the slits with salt, pepper, nutmeg, and 1 teaspoon of the cinnamon. OPTIONAL: Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Place pork loin in the Dutch oven and brown on all sides. (Browning is an optional step. I brown my loin prior to putting it in the slow cooker to give color and more depth of flavor. But this step can be skipped.)
  2. Scatter a few apple slices in the bottom of the slow cooker; pour in apple cider (or other chosen liquid). Place pork loin on top of apples. Drizzle honey into each slit and all over the top of the loin; place an apple slice in each slit. Fit remaining apple slices and onions around and on top of pork loin. Sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon.
  3. Cook on low setting for 6 hours.
NOTE: If your crockpot/slow cooker is like mine, you may need to get creative to fit the pork loin in it.  I usually have to cut the end off and place it in along the side.  Hey, whatever works, right?

Enjoy!


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10 comments:

  1. Great recipe. Thank you.

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  2. My favorite way to eat pork is with apples and onions! This looks great!! Thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking party!!

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  3. Oh my. This pork loin looks amazing! I love the combo of pork and apples. Pinning!

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  4. Roasting pork with apples is my most favorite way to enjoy pork. Yours looks mouth-watering. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck...do come back again soon please.

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  5. this looks so deelish, and now that we went apple picking, I have to figure out what to do with them all. success!

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  6. What could I replace the honey with? I cant do honey but this sounds delish.

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  7. What could I replace the honey with? I cant do honey but this sounds delish.

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    1. Just leave the honey out, Tracy ... it will still be delicious. Enjoy!

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  8. Can you add potatoes to this recipe in the slow cooker?

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  9. I just made this, and with delicious results! I cooked it on high and then reset to low and left it in longer than expected... lets just say Pork doesn't need overcooking. Still delicious!!! Entire house smelled like I was baking! Paired this dish with kale today for a scrumptious lunch!

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