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Slow-Cooked Pork Loin

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


  • 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


  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition 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.

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  • pajamaangel
    Aug 16, 2016

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

  • Water4Chocolate
    Jun 24, 2015

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

  • Nan Mock
    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
    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.

  • moenink
    Jun 22, 2013

    No comment left

  • bnrudy
    Dec 6, 2012

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

  • dirtswife
    Oct 4, 2011

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

  • JessT2003
    May 11, 2011

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  • dirtswife
    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
    May 8, 2010

    NEVER, NEVER USE GRAVY MIX.I don't like seasoned salt, I prefer to choose seasonings for each dish.