There are many places that show how to cook pork loin in the oven while basting it over and over so that it doesn’t dry out. (Um, no thank you, I only go to that much trouble for Thanksgiving!). How ’bout a tender and easy boneless pork loin recipe that’s hands-free after a couple minutes that also doesn’t heat up the house? Yes, please!
If you’ve been following the how to save money on groceries at Kroger series, you know that boneless pork loin is put on sale often at the price point that I love to buy meat – $1.99 per pound and under. Not sure how to cook pork loin so that it comes out moist and yummy? Don’t feel bad, I didn’t either without a great deal of experimenting. Here are the easy steps below followed by a video for visual awesomeness.
How to Cook Pork Loin in 3 Easy Steps
1. Cut loin to correct size for your family
The pork loins I’ve been buying on sale at Kroger are the perfect size to cut in half and get two different meals out of them for our family. I typically use half of the loin for an immediate slow cooker recipe shown in the video below. The second half goes in the freezer as is or is cut into pork chops and then thrown in the freezer for later.
2. Quick-Brown in a skillet
This step is optional because you could season and throw straight into the slow cooker but I love to bring out the flavor by quickly giving the roast a quick-brown, as I like to call it, by placing in a hot skillet with a touch of oil and seasonings and browning on both sides for about three minutes a piece.
3. Put roast in the slow cooker and forget it
After browning on both sides, simply place in the roast in the slow cooker with 1/4 cup broth or water. Depending on how much time you have, ideally, I will put on low and leave all day or cook on high for one hour and then turn it down to low for the last two or three hours. Optional: place raw veggies in the bottom of slow cooker with the roast on top and cook for several hours. I take an extra step of cooking veggies in the skillet for about five minutes and then add to the top of roast. Either way is fine!
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