Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Loin [video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Loin is delicious and tenderly made with only ingredients. A great family dinner with a tasty tropical twist. Check out the recipe video for an easy step by step tutorial. 

This easy crockpot recipe pairs well with Roasted Rosemary Potatoes, Instant Pot Roasted Potatoes or Slow Cooker Rice and Beans.

image of slow cooker pineapple pork loin

The Best Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Loin

Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork is such an amazing meal, budget-friendly, and full of flavor, that is a must-try! I prefer to brown my pork prior to adding it to the slow cooker, but you can easily just add all the ingredients without browning.

This dish is a great combo of sweet and savory with a fun tropical twist from the pineapple. The brown sugar caramelizes and creates a fabulous sauce with the pineapple juice, that you can drizzle all over that pork goodness. 

You only need 5 minutes to prepare it, and the crockpot does the rest. Simply dump the ingredients in the pot, set the time, and you will be rewarded with the fall-apart and tender pork. This is a perfect family dinner!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Firstly, its a very easy to make this dish, with minimal prep work.
  • You will end up with fall-apart and juicy meat.
  • In addition, its a hearty and delicious meal that can be served as a weeknight dinner.
  • Also, the dish is packed with amazing flavors and protein.
  • You will have delicious leftovers the next day.

What do you need to make Crockpot Pineapple Pork Loin?

You only need 5 ingredients to make this delicious meal:

  • Pork loin
  • Brown sugar
  • Garlic
  • Soy sauce
  • Pineapple (you can skip it if not a fan)

Photo of pork loin with pineapple cooked in the slow cooker.

How do you make Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Loin?

  • Brown the meat: First, start with browning the pork. This will add extra flavor to the meat. It also locks in flavors and will end up in a more tender, succulent meat.
  • Combine the ingredients: Next, add the pork and the rest of the ingredients to the crockpot.
  • Cover and cook: Finally, cover and cook.

How Long Does Pork Loin Take in the Crock Pot?

You can cook it on HIGH for about 4-5 hours, or on LOW for about 6-8. It also depends on the size of the cut. If you are cooking a larger-sized cut, you can even increase the cooking time by about one hour. Keep in mind that loin is a thicker cut, and should not be confused with tenderloin (which is a thinner, and leaner cut, and requires less cooking time). 

Cooking it for a longer time will result in even better, and tastier meat. The pork loin will be super juicy and fall-apart tender. Also, want to test the internal temperature to make sure it is at least 145°F. Simply, use a meat thermometer for that. 

picture of pineapple pork loin over white rice on a plate.

What is the difference between pork loin and pork tenderloin?

The main difference is that these are not cut from the same part of the animal, they also look very different. Pork tenderloin is thin and small, while a pork loin is wide enough that you can cut steak-like pieces from it.

How do you cook Pork Loin in the oven?

  • If you have time, it will be great if you can marinate the pork loin overnight or for 3-4 hours. For that mix 1/2 cup pineapple juice, with 1/2 cup orange juice, zest, and juice of 1 lemon, 4 minced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup soy sauce, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Pinch the pork with a fork, mix the marinade ingredients and add everything to a large ziplock or a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).
  • Make sure you baste the pork occasionally while cooking.
  • Once cooked, transfer to a plate and cover with foil. Let the meat roast for 5-10 minutes before serving.

image of slow cooker pineapple pork over white rice

What To Do With Leftovers?

  • Store it: If you have leftovers, simply store in an airtight container or zippered bag. Then, refrigerate for up to 4 days. 
  • To freeze: Simply transfer the meat to a freezer-safe container or bag, and freeze for up to three months. 
  • To Thaw: Defrost in the fridge, and reheat slowly on the stovetop, or in the microwave for a few minutes. Also, you can quickly heat it in the oven at 350 degrees F for about 10 minutes, or until warm. 

Looking for more Pork Recipes? Check these out:

Recipe Tips:

  • Feel free to use other meat cuts. Pork tenderloin works perfectly well here. However the tenderloin is thinner, so the cooking time should be reduced. If going with tenderloin, cook on LOW for 4-5 hours, and HIGH for 2-3 hours.
  • If not a fan of pineapples, you can skip them from the recipe. Replace them with chicken or beef stock.
  • Browning the meat is optional but is the key to lock in the flavors. We highly recommend searing the pork loin/tenderloin prior to cooking in the Slow Cooker. 
  • Also, you can add some vegetables like carrots and potatoes to the crockpot. Just make sure to cut them in large sizes so they do not get mushy when cooked over a longer period. 
  • Leftover meat can be used on pasta, sandwiches, salad, etc. 

Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Recipe:

  • Crockpot – very reasonably priced and definitely a kitchen must-have if you are busy. I am a huge fan of slow cooker meals, especially during the school year, when I don’t have as much time to play in the kitchen.

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4.86 from 14 reviews
Slow Cooker Pineapple Pork Loin
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 6 hours Total time: 6 hrs 5 mins

Ingredients

  • 2-3 lb  pork loin  (trimmed of excess fat)
  • 2 tablespoons  vegetable oil 
  •  salt and pepper 
  • 8 cloves  garlic  (minced)
  • 1/4 cup  soy sauce 
  • 1/2 cup  brown sugar 
  • 1 23.5 ounces  can pineapple chunks with juice 

Instructions

  1. Trim pork loin of excess fat, season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add oil, once the oil is hot, add the pork loin and brown on each side for about 2-4 minutes or until golden.

  3. Add the pork to the slow cooker, rub with garlic. Add soy sauce and pineapple chunks with pineapple juice to the slow cooker. Distribute the brown sugar evenly over the top of the pork.

  4. Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 4-6 hours, for a soft pork loin, that can still be sliced.

  5. NOTE: If you want the pork extra soft, to make shredded pineapple pork, cook it on low for 8-10 hours, making sure during the cooking process, to lift the lid a few times and using a ladle pour the juices over the pork in order to keep it moist. After you shred the pork, add it back to the slow cooker and cook it on low for another hour.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
0 Calories: 396 Carbohydrates: 36 Protein: 35 Fat: 12 Saturated Fat: 5 Cholesterol: 95 Sodium: 620 Potassium: 753 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 34 Vitamin A: 60 Vitamin C: 10.9 Calcium: 43 Iron: 1.5
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amanda

Can't wait to use my slow cooker all the time again, and I'll definitely be trying this one!

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Jen

I love the idea of pineapple in this. My boys always request it on their pizza so why not on their pork?!

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Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Pineapple and pork are a match made in heaven!

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Michelle Goth

I love a nice sweet taste with my meat. Great flavor combo!

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eat good 4 life

Never thought of making the pork loin in the slow cooker. Such a great idea!

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Demeter

This is perfect for during the summer when you want to pretend like you're on a tropical island but you don't want to turn on the oven for dinner too. Love it!

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Lora

This inspires me to get out my slow cooker! This recipe is so easy to make and full of flavor!

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Jade Manning

Nothing better than finding an amazing new dinner recipe!!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

This looks like an amazing dinner!

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Sandra | A Dash of Sanity

I can imagine how tasty this is with the pineapple! So amazing!

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Joan

Looks delicious. What would you suggest marinating the loin with, or just use the garlic and soy and then brown it in the morning?

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For that mix 1/2 cup pineapple juice, with 1/2 cup orange juice, zest, and juice of 1 lemon, 4 minced garlic cloves, 1/4 cup soy sauce, and 1/4 cup olive oil. Pinch the pork with a fork, mix the marinade ingredients and add everything to a large ziplock or a large bowl and cover with plastic wrap.

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Lydia

If I wanted to thicken up the sauce at the end could I use corn starch? Or would I have to remove the sauce and thicken it separately with cornstarch on the stove and then pour back over pork and pineapple?

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You can mix 1-2 tablespoons of cornstarch with water and add it 30 minutes before cooking time ends.

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Sheila

For a larger pork loin how much longer would I need to cook. I bought a whole loin 8lbs and plan to use half and freeze other half for another time.

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about 2 more hours, you have to check and see when its tender.

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Jackie

I added a can of Campbell's golden mushroom soup

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Tabatha

If I need to cook this on high, how long do you recommend?

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4-5 hours

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Kelly Kearns

Could a pork tenderloin be used instead?

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Yes you could. I like using Loin, because it is a relatively lean piece of meat, but is topped with a layer of fat, and when cooked in the crockpot over longer period of time, it gives it a nice juicy texture. With that said, the tenderloin will work as well. It might just end up a little bit drier.

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Krista

Do you have to sear this before putting the loin in the crockpot?

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It would be great to sear it for extra flavor!

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HB

When you say to marinate it overnight, what would you recommend marinating it in?

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Please check the blog post, I have included my marinade ingredients.

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Owen B

We tried this recipe and it was great. she loved it. I thought it was good, but overly sweet and in need of another flavor component. we did rub the loin with gochujang and let it set overnight, but still not match for the pineapple and sugar. Next time we'll dice up a bunch of jalapeños or add a good bit of smoked paprika or chili powder.

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Those will be some amazing additions!

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Angi

Tried it this weekend and was a little hesitant when I realized I only had crushed pineapple on hand. Turned out fabulous! Very tasty and tender meat. We served it on a bed of rice with a side salad and carrot salad. Everyone from the toddler to Grandma loved it and loved it again the next day as leftovers.

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MissATK

This was absolutely delicious. I paired it with herb roasted sweet potatoes, and carrots. Adding to my recipe box! Thanks for the great recipe.

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happy that you loved it!

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Kelly

I have some fresh pineapple on hand that I wanted to use for this recipe. Would I just need to add water so that it’s not too dry? How much?

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I would add pineapple juice for more flavor, so 1 cup of water and 1 cup pineapple juice should be fine.

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Jessica

If baking in oven, should I still sear the pork? Just mixed the marinade and it smells wonderful!

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Preferably you should sear, to lock in moisture and flavor.

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Shannon

8 cloves of garlic? Seems like a lot! I would hate to have the garlic overpower everything. Does it taste like a lot of garlic after cooking?

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When it is cooked on a longer time, the garlic flavor is very much diminished. It is not overpowered. However, if you feel like you are not a garlic fan, and think it is too much for you, please reduce it accordingly. Thanks

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Carol

What if I have 2 1.5 lb pork loins?

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You can just add them both to the slow cooker and follow the recipe.

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Tina Brooks

I am trying this tonight

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Chris

Can you use a frozen pork loin as I forgot to take it out of the freezer.

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Hi Chris, no you can't, not in this recipe, I am sorry.

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Becca

Could you still use this recipe and omit the brown sugar? Trying to cut down sugar in our diets. Thanks!

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Yes, you can!

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Meagan A Laffoon

My husband does not like pork and he devoured this recipe. He even came up with the idea to use leftovers for pork and pineapple quesadillas with sweet chili sauce. We had friends over who had some of the quesadillas and requested to be sent home with more! Today I'm making this recipe for the second time and I just had to say thank you! I'm a huge pork fan and I can finally cook it for more than just myself.

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Hi Megan. Thanks for your feedback! I appreciate it, and I am delighted that you and your husband loved this recipe!

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Melissa

Anyone try this in the instant pot?

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Laura

I plan to try this next week. I plan to add red onion and bell pepper, both green and red...and serve over basmati rice....can you suggest anything else?

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Laura

I’m making your recipe this week. Plan on adding chopped red onion, red and green bell peppers, and maybe 1/2 a jalapeño....serving over basmati rice. Not sure how to round out the meal....any suggestions? Thanks, laura

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sounds already good to me :)

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Tabitha

What sides would you recommend serving with this?

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we like serving it over rice or noodles

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Elizabeyh

Tabitha...I am going to make it this week and serve it with rice and stir-fry vegetables.

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sounds great!

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Jennifer Ford

What do you think about adding some onion? I love pineapple and onion together. When would you add them?

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Great addition, the recipe is customizable, onion and bell peppers work really great!

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Judy

Can I use pork with bone in and is cooking time the same?

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Judy, you can use bone is as well. The cooking time would be the same also. Since it is cooked on LOW temperature, it has to be cooked for a longer period. But you can check on it one hour prior to ensure it is all good. But, generally, you want to cook it the same amount of time.

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Janet Hills

Pineapple and pork shouldn't go together, but this looks delicious.

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haha its delicious!

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V

I accidentally put a 1/2 cup of soy sauce 😓 am I in trouble?

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Pumla

This looks delicious however, I do not eat pork. Therefore, would leg of lamb be a good substitute for this recipe?

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Yes, it would be a great substitute!

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amanda

Hi Chris, I used frozen pork tenderloin and it came out just fine! It was a little drier becasue its tenderloin but from frozen was fine!

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Jennifer

Following

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Sarah

Very good. I added some fresh squeezed OJ and used tenderloin and crushed pineapple, because it’s what I had. Enjoyed by all (myself, my husband, and our 2 year old). Will be a new regular on our dinner rotation. Thanks for a great, easy recipe!

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Gayle

I made this recipe but did not use brown sugar and it still was sweet enough because of the pineapple and used pineapple chunks in it own juices. I also shredded the pork and put it back in the crockpot to cook for the final hour. It tasted great this way. Once done I served the pork and juices over rice. Wonderful meal this way. I will definitely make this again.

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Ellen

This was so delicious! It even made it to our family's extremely short list of foods that both my picky eaters liked! We served it with coconut rice and it was a perfect pairing.

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Happy you loved this dish Ellen! Thanks for stopping by!

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