If you like pork loin…you are gonna LOVE this super easy crock pot pork loin recipe! Not only does it take only 5 ingredients, it goes together in a flash too!
The most time-consuming thing here is prepping the bacon. AND you can easily bake it. If you’ve never baked bacon before and decide to give it a shot…well, you might be in love with the process afterward.
Bake Ahead Bacon for the Crock Pot
I know, I know…this isn’t EXACTLY part of a crock pot recipe. But it is SO COOL! And it’s so very easy too. It’s also a great time saver.
You can bake it anytime you have spare time. Then drain it, cool it and freeze it for quick and easy meals. BUT, you really don’t need extra time anyways. When you bake bacon you don’t have to babysit it like you do in the skillet.
You simply place it on a pan, put the pan in the oven and bake at 400 for 12 to 15 minutes. I did this in my toaster oven…
Now that doesn’t always mean it’s gonna go in the crockpot around here. I mean who can resist a BLT every now and then? You maybe, not me ;)
Crock Pot Pork Loin Prep Step-by-Step
The prep work for this recipe is pretty dang easy. You slice grooves partially through the tenderloin, stuff in the ingredients and toss it in the crock.
(Pstt…Only slice 2/3’s to 3/4’s thru the pork loin. That’ll be just enough to hold the ingredients in the grooves and it will still hold together when you get it out of the crock pot later.)
Well, maybe don’t toss, how about “place”…that’d be a better word. I usually toss stuff in the slow cooker but if you do that, everything will fall out…so place it in the crockpot please.
And lastly, pour the maple syrup over the top. Then cover and cook on low for 5 1/2 to 8 hours. The longer you cook it, the more it’s gonna fall apart. But fair warning, over 7 or 8 hours, and you’ll be chancing it drying out. But then you can always shred it and turn it into shredded pork sandwiches of some sort.
I’ve never done that with fresh herbs, but I’d be game to give it a shot :)
Freezer Meal Directions
This is a really cool, sorta elegant freezer meal too. I’d use dried herbs and mince the garlic if I was freezing it. Other than that…just toss it in a ziplock bag and then defrost it overnight before cooking it…
And here’s what you get when you’re done…
The garlic doesn’t look it…but it is SOOO tender. It gets a really buttery flavor and it’s absolutely delicious.
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Video
Here’s the video for prep…for those that don’t care for step-by-step directions…
Crock Pot Pork Loin Printable Recipe
Here’s the printable recipe and the Pinnable one is below. Enjoy & Rock that Crock!
- 1 2½ to 3-pound pork loin
- 20 or more cloves of garlic, partially crushed
- 6 to 8 slices of bacon
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons dried or ¼ cup fresh herbs of your choice
- Butter or oil the crockpot insert
- Cut slits in the pork loin about ⅔'s to ¾'s through every inch or so
- Stuff each slit full of bacon, garlic, and herbs
- Move to the crockpot and drizzle with maple syrup
- Cover and cook on low for 5 to 8 hours
Slow Cooker Sides That ROCK With This Pork Loin…
If you’re looking for an awesome side dish to serve with this recipe, here are a few ideas you might want to check out :)
- Butter and Herb Crockpot Mushrooms
- 5-Ingredient Buttered Crock Pot Bacon Ranch Potatoes
- Crock Pot Green Bean Casserole