Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 3 reviews

Crock Pot Pork Loin is slowly cooked in a delicious garlic balsamic sauce, resulting in fall-apart tender, and super flavorful meat. This is a very tasty and easy midweek dish for busy families. 

The beauty of this recipe is that it tastes like the traditional Oven-Roasted Pork Loin, but with less hassle. I love pairing it with Garlic Roasted Potatoes, Mac and Cheese Casserole, or Big Mac Salad.

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Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork Loin

This Crock Pot Pork Loin recipe is hands down one of my ALL-TIME favorite pork recipes. Firstly, the garlic balsamic sauce complements the meat greatly. It is full of flavors, and when cooked over a longer period of time, it tenderizes the meat to perfection. 

Secondly, it is one of the easiest recipes you can make during the busy weekdays or weeknights. You simply dump the ingredients into the crockpot, set the cooking time, and let it do its magic.

The smell and aromas will fill your room with plenty of joy. Also, if you are super busy, set it up prior to leaving for work. When you come home in the evening, a warm and delicious dinner will be waiting! 

I love using loin cut here. However, pork shoulder roast or even pork chops will work just as well. Give it a try, and you will see why this easy recipe is such a hit with everyone!

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What is pork loin?

It is important to know the difference between loin and tenderloin. They are two different meat cuts.

  • The loin is a thicker and wider cut and can be bone-in or boneless meat. It goes under the same name as a center-cut roast, center-cut rib roast. 
  • Tenderloin is a thinner cut, that is also longer, narrower, and is always boneless meat cut. In addition, tenderloin is leaner, and pretty much does not have any fat. 

Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Loin Recipe Ingredients:

For this recipe, you will need the following ingredients:

  • Pork loin
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Balsamic reduction
  • Molasses
  • Soy sauce
  • Brown sugar
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken or vegetable broth
  • Fresh garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Seasoning: such as salt, black pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, Italian seasoning

cooking crockpot balsamic pork loin

How to make crockpot pork loin?

  1. Prepare the meat: Pat dry the loin using a dry paper towel. Then, using a sharp knife, trim out the visible fat from the top. 
  2. Sear it: In a skillet, over medium-high heat, add some olive oil. Next, add the loin to it, and sear for 3-4 minutes on each side until it is golden brown. You can skip this step if you have limited time. However, searing the meat will form a delicious brown crust on the surface of the roast. 
  3. Make the balsamic garlic sauce: In a bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, minced garlic, chicken broth, soy sauce, brown sugar, and seasoning, and the rest of the ingredients.  Whisk to combine. 
  4. Cook it: Add the seared loin to the pot, fat side up. Then, pour the sauce all over the meat. Cover the slow cooker with the lid, and cook.
  5. Rest and Serve: Once done cooking, remove the meat from the pot and transfer it to a cutting board. Then, cover it with foil and let it rest for 5-10 to let the juices and flavors combine.

How long to cook pork loin in the crockpot?

  • For a 4 to 5-pound cut, the cooking time should be 4-5 hours on HIGH or 8-9 on the LOW setting. This is the optimal time for perfectly tender and juicy meat. If you are going to cook shoulder or Boston butt instead, the cooking time should be increased to 5-6 hours on HIGH, or 9-10 hours on LOW. The shoulder is a tougher cut of pork, therefore it needs a longer cooking time. 
  • For smaller (3-4 pound cut), the cooking time should be about 3.5 to 4 hours on LOW. 

How do you know when the Pork Loin is done cooking?

After 4-5 hours of slow cooking, you are guaranteed to end up with juicy and tender meat. However, the best way to ensure the doneness is by using an instant-read thermometer. Insert it into the thickest part of the loin. The internal temperature should read 145 degrees F. 

crockpot balsamic pork loin

What to serve with Crockpot Pork Loin?

You can serve this dish with pretty much anything. I love pairing it with:

During the holiday season, I recommend serving it with the following side dishes:

How to store leftovers?

You can easily refrigerate leftovers using an airtight container for up to 3-4 days. Also, feel free to slice the meat and use it on sandwiches, or morning omelet. 

To freeze, use a freezer-safe dish, or an airtight container, and freeze it up to 3 months. 

More delicious Pork Recipes:

shredded balsamic pork loin

Recipe Tips:

  • You can make this recipe using various cuts, such as shoulder, Boston butt, neck, or even chops. 
  • Also, you can adjust the marinade based on your taste. For example, add other seasonings, like ranch seasoning, taco seasoning, or cajun seasoning
  • Instead of chicken broth, you can use vegetable broth. 
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5 from 3 reviews
Crock Pot Pork Loin
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 8 hours Total time: 8 hrs 15 mins

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Calories: 427 Carbohydrates: 17 Protein: 46 Fat: 18 Saturated Fat: 4 Cholesterol: 125 Sodium: 1044 Potassium: 901 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 15 Vitamin A: 130 Vitamin C: 3 Calcium: 38 Iron: 2
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Mike P

In the description of the recipe it says to cook a 4-5 # pork loin on low 4-5 hours. However, in the recipe, it says to cook the pork loin on low 8-9 hours. What is the correct time?

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Hi Mike, it should be 4-5 on High settings, or 8-9 on LOW. thanks for your question.

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Nicole

Wow the meat came out super flavorful and moist. My whole family gave it a 5 star, the best loin we had ever. Thanks for sharing!!!

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thank you!

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Sarah Bailey

Is there anything quite like a pork loin at times? This sounds like an absolutely delicious recipe and I love that it can be done in a crock pot!

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Pam Wattenbarger

I have a pork loin in the fridge to cook for tomorrow. I was wondering what to do with it and this recipe is it!

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Terri A Steffes

I love this flavor combination, the balsamic carmelized beautifully. Thank you!

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sara lafountain

Oh wow, this marinade looks so amazing. I love using balsamic as a base. Pinning this recipe and making it very soon!

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Chef Dennis

I think I just heard my tummy grumble! This Crock Pot Balsamic Pork Loin looks really delicious and could really satisfy everyone's tummy.

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Jennifer Van Haitsma

I haven't have pork loin in ages, but this looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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Lynndee

I love using my slow cooker. Going to save your recipe and add this on the menu for next week. Looks good!

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Lois

That is absolutely beautiful. I can taste it when I look at it.

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Jenn @ EngineerMommy

Oh this pork loin recipe looks and sounds sooo delicious. I totally want to try your recipe over the weekend.

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Louisa

This Crock Pot Pork Loin looks so moist and tender! I've already had dinner but this made me hungry. Pinning this recipe for later.

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Monica Y

What a delicious and easy to make recipe. We love pork loin and usually prepare it the same way, so this would be a nice change for our future potluck

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Ice Cream n Sticky Fingers

I love pork loins because they are super easy to make. A few days ago, I picked up a black peppercorn pork loin to try. I grab the ones that are already marinated. But I will have to give the basalmic vinegar a try too.

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Carlotta T. S.

This was a wonderful recipe. I didn't have fresh rosemary on hand so I used dried. The flavors were intense and lovely. This recipe is definitely a keeper.

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Bonnie M Huss

Great recipe pork was so tender, moist and yummy. Thank you.

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Mary Traveler

This looked so tasty, I got some of the ingredients readily available in our pantry but some I think I have to look for in stores. Thanks for the recipe will surely try it out, my husband will surely love this!

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