This delicious Slow Cooker Pork Roast recipe is super tender, fall-apart deliciousness! Flavors of lemon and rosemary act as ideal companions to the saltiness of the pork.
Feel free to reduce the sodium, as lemon can act as a natural salt substitute. This family favorite recipe is perfect for a more heart-healthy diet.
💚 Why You'll Love This Recipe
For a simple and delicious way to prepare your next pork roast, try this yummy slow cooker pork loin recipe! Flavored with lemon, rosemary, and a blend of other spices and herbs, this is a super tender and flavorful roast.
And the best part is it's so easy to prepare right in your slow cooker! Gather your ingredients, prep early in the day to allow for cooking time, and have a perfectly cooked pork loin when dinnertime rolls around on busy days!
Just like these Crock Pot Pork Chops with Mushroom Soup, this no fuss slow cooker pork roast is ideal for a hearty and filling meal with limited prep! And if you love the lemon flavor of this dish, try this Lemon Pepper Seasoning.
🧂 Ingredients Needed
- pork loin - a hearty and tender cut of meat that's perfect to cook in your slow cooker.
- garlic powder - for some garlicky flavor that pairs well with the other ingredients.
- dried rosemary - gives your sow cooker pork loin that signature woodsy rosemary flavor and works well with the lemon.
- dried thyme - enhances the rosemary with a subtle minty and lemony flavor.
- salt and pepper - to taste.
- lemons - can be used as a natural source of "saltiness" and add a nice citrus tang to your roast.
- chicken broth - helps keep your roast nice and moist while it cooks.
- white wine vinegar - adds a slight bite to the flavor.
- cornstarch - helps thicken the sauce a bit and makes it perfect for serving as an optional gravy.
- Place pork loin in the slow cooker. In a separate bowl, combine garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper and cover the roast.
- Juice two lemons and combine lemon juice with chicken broth and white wine vinegar.
- Pour the broth over the pork loin.
- Top with lemon slices and cook on low heat 6-8 hours, or until tender and cooked through.
For pork, a lot of moisture will be created automatically while it cooks. It's still good practice to add at least a bit of liquid to prevent sticking and burning at the bottom of the slow cooker, and depending on the type of liquid it can also add lots of flavor and keep the pork loin juicy and tender.
This is an extra step that isn't necessary. If you want to add more flavor, feel free to brown the outsides of your roast before slow cooking to get that caramelized layer for richer color and flavor.
Absolutely! As long as you cook everything properly and fully, there's no harm in putting just about any kind of raw meat in your slow cooker.
💭 Expert Tips and Tricks
- This slow cooker pork loin can also be cooked on high for 3-4 hours if you need it done quicker.
- Don't pour the broth right on top of the roast, as this can wash off the seasoning. Pour around the pork loin instead.
- To make a gravy that goes perfectly with this roast, take two cups of the juices from the crockpot and bring to a boil in a saucepan. Mix together 3 tablespoons of cornstarch with ¼ cup of water and stir into the juices, then heat and stir until the gravy reaches your desired thickness.
- Be sure your pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F.
📌 You'll love this super juicy and tender slow cooker pork roast with its own homemade gravy. Combine the flavors of aromatic rosemary and thyme with acidic lemon for a flavorful roast that's so simple to prepare in your slow cooker!
💡 Substitutions and Variations
- Add vegetables like onions, carrots, or potatoes to work veggies right into your main dish!
- Garnish with additional rosemary, thyme, and a sprinkle of lemon juice.
- 4 to 5 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice can be substituted for fresh lemon juice.
🥫 Storage and Reheating
Leftovers are great to freeze, or you can shred the pork and use it to make pulled pork sandwiches. Stored in the fridge in an airtight container, your pork should be good for 3-4 days. Leftovers can be frozen for 3 months or so.
To reheat, you can transfer back to the crock pot and heat on low until heated through. You can also heat in the microwave. From frozen, allow the pork to sit in the fridge overnight to thaw before reheating.
🍴 What To Serve With This Dish
Serve your slow cooker pork loin over this Instant Pot Quinoa or alongside a batch of Simple Garlic and Rosemary Potatoes. You could also pair it with these yummy and unique Air Fryer Corn Ribs or a sweet and comforting Cornbread Casserole! For a simple and classic approach, whip up some mashed potatoes and green beans.
✔️ More Slow Cooker Recipes You'll Love
- Slow Cooker Breakfast Burritos - Perfect for a special breakfast or brunch, these yummy burritos can cook overnight for an easy morning meal!
- Crock Pot Buffalo Mac and Cheese - It only takes 5 ingredients to make this bold mac and cheese with some added buffalo heat.
- Crock Pot Pumpkin Cake - Don't forget dessert! Your slow cooker is great to prepare sweet and decadent treats like this autumnal pumpkin cake.
- Lasagna Soup - This comforting and savory soup from Stay Snatched is loaded with melty cheese!
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Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Lemon and Rosemary
- 1 Slow cooker
- 3 pound pork loin roast (up to 4 pounds)
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- salt and pepper to taste
- 2 lemons
- 2 cups chicken broth
- 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ¼ cup water
- Prepare a slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place the pork loin into the slow cooker.3 pound pork loin roast
- In a small bowl, combine the dry seasonings. Sprinkle the seasonings over the pork loin.1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon dried rosemary, ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves, salt and pepper to taste
- Juice 1 ½ lemons. Slice the remaining lemon half into rounds about ¼ inch thick.2 lemons
- Combine the chicken broth, lemon juice, and vinegar. Pour the liquid around the pork loin.2 cups chicken broth, 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
- Top the pork loin with the lemon slices. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, until tender.
- Remove the roast and slice to serve. Keep warm.
- To make the gravy, remove two cups of the juices and place in a saucepan. Heat the juices until boiling. Stir together the cornstarch and water until mixed. Add the cornstarch slurry to the juices and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the gravy has reached your desired thickness.3 tablespoons cornstarch, ¼ cup water
- If you don't have lemons on had, use about 4-5 tablespoons of bottled lemon juice.
- Garnish with fresh rosemary or fresh thyme, if desired.
- This pork loin can also be cooked on high for 3-4 hours if you're in a pinch for time.
Nutritional information is an estimate. The nutritional values for your final dish may vary based on measuring differences and products used.
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Can this be made with pork shoulder instead of a loin roast?
I have not done it myself for this recipe, but in most cases that is a substitution that will work. Just pay attention to the cooking time as it might need to be adjusted a bit. 🙂
Love, love, love the flavors in this slow cooked pork. Can’t wait to make again.
Love that I can have this cooking all day while I get stuff done during this busy time of year. Also, it's so delicious! Definitely a win-win!
Super delicious pork roast recipe! Love how easy it was to make too.
This came out perfectly tender and flavorful! Will make again!
I love the flavors you've chosen for this pork roast and I LOVE that it can be made in a slow cooker. Anything to save time! Thanks for the great recipe.