Slow-Cooked Pork Loin Recipe
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Slow-Cooked Pork Loin Recipe

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Sweet apple undertones lend special flair to Kathleen Hendrick’s low-calorie pork loin. The Alexandria, Kentucky cook tops it with gravy for down-home appeal, creating a slimmed-down dish that’ll keep them coming back for more!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (3-1/2 to 4 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 envelope brown gravy mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup unsweetened apple juice
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 204 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 294mg sodium, 6g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 0 fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1/2 starch.


  1. Cut roast in half. In a large skillet, brown roast in oil on all sides. Transfer to a 5-qt. slow cooker. In the same skillet, saute onion and celery until tender; add to slow cooker.
  2. In a small bowl, combine gravy mix and water. Stir in the remaining ingredients; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender. Skim fat from cooking juices; thicken if desired. Serve with roast. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Slow-Cooked Pork Loin in Light & Tasty August/September 2007, p59

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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pajamaangel User ID: 1603339 252756
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2016

"We couldn't really taste any apple. I was disappointed in the outcome of this recipe."

Water4Chocolate User ID: 7962831 228489
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"Nan Mock - My goodness, you gave a 4 star rating for not using the recipe here! What gives?"

Nan Mock User ID: 611392 142439
Reviewed Feb. 27, 2014

"I used this recipe to help me cook my pork loin in the slow cooker, I wasn't sure it would be a good cut to cook that way. The loin was pre-seasoned with southwest seasonings, so I didn't use the apple juice or sauce, just some chicken stock instead. I did the sear first in the skillet. After about 4 hours on low, it was cooked through, tender and easy to shred for tacos!"

mommazip User ID: 2555319 208118
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2014

"I was apprehensive about this recipe with the apple juice and sauce, but it turned out with really great flavor. I made some carrot sticks and placed in the bottom before adding the roast and it turned out great. I will definitely be making it again."

bnrudy User ID: 659489 164765
Reviewed Dec. 6, 2012

"Great, and easy recipe Let the slow-cooker do all the work, but why do you cut in half?"

dirtswife User ID: 643499 64593
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2011

"My family loves this pork. It's so tender and makes great pulled pork sandwiches the next day. Nice flavors."

dirtswife User ID: 643499 159216
Reviewed Apr. 26, 2011

"The pork was fall-apart moist. I thickened the liquid and made a nice gravy out of it. I used a packet of pork gravy mix instead of beef (YES I USED GRAVY MIX!!! LOL). Next time I'm going to cut the amount of water. My family loved it."

5t3lla User ID: 4406886 208117
Reviewed May. 8, 2010


I don't like seasoned salt, I prefer to choose seasonings for each dish."

tkarinas User ID: 4389335 84942
Reviewed May. 3, 2010

"Slow cooked pork loin turns out better than we expected. It's delicious and definitely a keeper. It's one we make whenever we have all the ingredients and definitely going in my recipe box."

Sara Irvine User ID: 3889498 84939
Reviewed Nov. 4, 2009

"I thought this recipe would be full of flavor but was disappointed to find that it was pretty flavorless. I had to try hard to taste the apple in it unless I took a big bite of apple with it. Definitely will not use again"

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