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How To Cook a Pork Roast in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Pork loin roast, with its golden, tender crust and moist, supple center, stars as the centerpiece of holiday tables and dinner parties alike. Its large size, however, means it can easily dry out in the oven, which is why we now turn to the slow cooker for a fail-proof way to cook pork loin roast for a crowd.

Easy Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast

If you like, like me, have struggled to cook a pork loin roast that isn't bland or dry, this recipe is for you. This straightforward technique uses the slow cooker to cook a crowd-sized pork loin roast (about five pounds) to perfect juicy tenderness without any hands-on effort. Start this pork loin roast four to five hours before dinner, and make your sides and dessert while the pork cooks. This pork loin roast also holds well, so you can greet guests before slicing and serving.

Get started here: 3 Important Things to Know When Buying a Pork Loin & Everything About Pork Loin Roast: How to Buy It and Cook It to Perfection

Essential Steps for the Best Slow Cooker Pork Loin Roast

  • Add the apples and onions first. Before you brown the pork loin, preheat the slow cooker and add a layer of sliced apples and onions. This not only adds flavor to the finished pork, but it also keeps the pork elevated and away from the slow cooker's heating element, helping it cook more evenly.
  • Brown the pork loin. Browning the pork on the stove before adding it to the slow cooker gives it a gorgeous caramel color and adds a ton of flavor. I love using a cast iron skillet for this, but you can any wide pan that can accommodate your particular roast.
  • Deglaze the pork pan with cider and vinegar. After you transfer the pork loin to the slow cooker, deglaze the pan with apple cider and a little apple cider vinegar. Pouring this liquid over the pork slowly steam the pork roast in the slow cooker.
  • Cook the pork to 145°F. Slow cook the pork loin roast for 4 to 5 hours, but check the internal temperature starting at 4 hours. You want the loin to reach 145°F.
  • Rest the pork before slicing. Before slicing the pork loin roast, rest the pork loin — out of the slow cooker — for 15 minutes. Slice the roast into 1/4-inch-thick slices before serving with the apples and onions.

Plus a few to avoid: Mistakes to Avoid When Making Roasted Pork Loin

Holding and Serving the Pork Loin Roast

If you need to keep the pork loin for up to an hour before serving, turn your slow cooker to low and return the uncut pork loin to the slow cooker where it will hold temperature while it waits for the sides to be finished or for you to greet guests.

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