Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin

October 20, 2013
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 is just perfect for Fall.
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You've heard of cinnamon and apples.  And honey with cinnamon.  Right?  But cinnamon and pork?  Probably not so much.

No, cinnamon and pork probably isn't a standard flavor combination that pops in your head.  But as I recently discovered, pork and cinnamon are really yummy together.

Combine apples, cinnamon, honey, and boneless pork loin in the slow cooker and you'll have one totally delicious, easy meal. 

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 when I first heard about putting these flavors all together?  Oh, I think you should be!  Because this slow cooker combination delivers up one tasty and satisfying meal that's just perfect for Fall.  

To make this tasty meal, start with a boneless pork loin that's about 2 or 3 pounds and cut some slits all across the top, about an inch deep and about an inch apart.  These slits are going to hold a yummy drizzle of honey and apple slices to bring great flavor into the meat.

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Next, season the pork loin with salt, pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg -- all over and inside the slits.

Brown the pork loin on all sides on the stove top.  This step is optional, but browning the meat before placing it in the slow cooker give the meat color and brings increased depth of flavor to the finished dish.

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Then place the browned pork lin in the slow cooker, drizzle it all over with honey, and stuff apple slices into the slits.

Looks good already, doesn't it?

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

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And then let the slow cooker do its thing for about 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 super tasty Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin.

It's a beautiful thing.

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

Enjoy!

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Yield: about 10-12 servings
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Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin

Combine apples, cinnamon, honey, and boneless pork loin in the slow cooker and you'll have one totally delicious, easy meal that's just perfect for Fall.
prep time: 20 Mcook time: 6 Mtotal time: 26 M

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

instructions:

How to cook Slow Cooker Apple Pork Loin

  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. 
  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.
TRACEY'S NOTES
  1. Browning the pork loin 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, if you'd like.
  2. 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?
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17 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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  10. This sounds lovely and really tasty. Thank you for sharing this.

    Simon

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  11. Will it cook/appear the same with a pork tenderloin (vs pork loin roast) in the crock pot?

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    1. Pork tenderloin is a much smaller cut of meat than pork loin roast, so no they will not cook the same.

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  12. OMG!!! THIS WAS DELICIOUS!!! I had only a 1 1/2 lb boneless pork sirloin roast, cooked it with about 1/2 cup of apple juice instead of 1/4 cup as I like more "gravy", and cooked it for 4 hours on low. Came home from work and so tender and juicy! Neighbor asked what I had been cooking all day, as I live in an apartment and she could smell it, which she said tasted as good as it had smelled! Try it! It is super easy and SO GOOD!!!

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  13. Would you have to add any liquid to it? Can you get good results with out? Xx

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  14. could you use a boston butt roast?

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  15. Oh that sounds delicious!! I've pinned it for my next pork roast. Thanks for sharing.

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