Some weeknights are desperate for the slow cooker. You know the kind of day. It’s the kind when work was extra hard, your morning coffee wasn’t enough and 2pm felt like it should have been 5pm. The last thing you want to do on these days is go home and cook a meal. Time for the slow cooker! The good thing about these kinds of days is that you can see them from a mile away. When that’s possible, throw dinner in the slow cooker.
Pork loins are one of my favorite cuts of meat. They’re easy, versatile and cook a million different ways. This particular recipe is one of the simplest I’ve ever created for the pork loin. A little Dijon mustard and honey mix together for a marinade that will leave the meat sweet and tangy. A pro about cooking a pork loin in the slow cooker? It’s super moist. Roasting it in the oven leaves the potential for the pork to become dried out.
Carrots and potatoes have a similar cooking time which is why I like to pair them together. Potatoes are a classic side to any meat dish and carrots seem to be a family favorite for most (with mine being the exception). Remember when cooking vegetables to make sure they’re cut as uniform as possible. This will ensure they cook evenly. For small potatoes, I like to quarter them and carrots, I’ll cut into 1-inch pieces.
Honey Mustard Pork Loin & Potatoes
3 tbsp. Dijon Mustard
1 tbsp. Honey
4 Yukon Gold Potatoes, quartered
4 large Carrots, cut into 4 pieces
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1-2 lb. Pork Tenderloin
Salt and Pepper
1. Mix together dijon mustard and honey. Set aside.
2. Place the potatoes and carrots in the crockpot. Season with salt and pepper, drizzle with olive oil and toss together.
3. Season the pork loin with salt and pepper. Using a pastry brush, generously glaze the pork with the honey mustard. Place the pork into the slow cooker on top of the veggies. Drizzle any remaining honey mustard over everything. Cook 3-4 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
Yields 4 Servings
How do you prefer cooking a pork loin? In the oven, slow cooker, on the stove or the grill?