01/04/2017

Crock Pot Sweet & Sour Pork Loin with Pineapple

Winter brings on the urge to hang out at home in front of a warm fire, watching your favorite show wrapped in soft throw. It also brings on the urge to eat yummy comfort food. There’s almost nothing as comforting as a home cooked meal and when you can make something delicious with very little effort, I’m all in.pineapple-loin-close1-wmA new, satisfying dish that I recently came up with is this recipe for a pork roast that is a little sweet along with a bright burst of flavor from apple cider vinegar and fresh pineapple. There is very little cooking involved because once you sear the pork and caramelize the onions, all you do is add in the remaining ingredients and let the slow cooker do all the work.crock pot sweet & sour pork searedAfter several hours in the slow cooker, your simple cut of meat has turned into something incredible. The meat is absolutely mouth-watering and fork tender. I took one last step and thickened up the drippings into a luscious gravy. Oh my…this is some kind of comforting goodness. I served my new creation with herbed brown rice and roasted veggies. I knew I’d done something special when the lively dinner conversation kept going even while my boys got up from the table to serve themselves a second helping.

So, let’s go ahead and embrace winter with easy, heartwarming dishes and that bring a little happiness to family and friends. Ahhh…contentment.pineapple-pork-overheadwm

Crock Pot Sweet & Sour Pork Loin with Fresh Pineapple

1 – 3 pound pork loin roast

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 onion – sliced

1 cup apple cider vinegar

1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

1/2 cup honey

1/2 cup brown sugar

3 cloves garlic – minced

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

2 cups fresh chunk pineapple

Slurry thickener – 2 teaspoons corn starch mixed with 2 teaspoons cold water

  • Heat olive oil in a cast iron or heavy bottom skillet. Salt and pepper all sides of pork roast and sear in skillet. Remove and place in crock pot. Sear onions in hot pan until slightly browned. Place onions in crock pot with pork loin.
  • In a medium size bowl, mix apple cider, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, salt and red pepper. Pour over roast. Place pineapple chunks around pork and cover with lid. Cook on HIGH for 5 hours or LOW for 7.
  • When done, remove pork and pineapple from slow cooker and place on serving platter. Turn slow cooker on high, add cornstarch slurry and stir to mix well. As mixture starts to bubble, keep stirring until desired thickness is achieved. Spoon gravy over pork loin. Serve!

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for stopping by and linking this recipe to First Monday Favorites. I love the combo of pork and pineapple, they just seem to complement each other so well. Hope you’ll come by next month as well. I’m on FB as Sid’s Sea Palm Cooking, with First Monday Favorites as a group on there as well.

  2. I love cooking pork in the slow cooker and that pineapple makes this lovely.

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