I don't think I could get by without my slow cooker. This trusty kitchen necessity has saved me from those last-minute harried meals, made some amazing applesauce (link) and stood in for me when I wasn't home to cook dinner.
It's the busy cook's best friend.
Of course it's great for soups, stews and chili dishes, but it's also great for preparing some fancier fare as well.
My personal favorite is a succulent, tender, slow-cooked pork loin. It's close enough to barbecue for this Southern gal, but with a better cut of meat, it just becomes melt-in-your mouth goodness.
I do not exaggerate when I say that 7-8 hours after you put this in the pot, it's practically magical.
But before you throw everything in the slow cooker, let's talk sauce. One of the key ingredients in the recipe is barbecue sauce. Use your favorite brand, of course, but it's very important to take note that this recipe has a kick. And that kick is some extremely hot peppers.
You can substitute the spicy sauce with a few fresh chilies, or add your adjusted amount of hot sauce.
Slow-Cooker Pork Loin
- 1 boneless pork loin roast, 4 to 6 pounds
- 6 carrots, roughly chopped in chunks
- 4 medium Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered
- 6 cloves garlic, halved
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- ½ cup Hoosier Daddy! Deathly Hot! Ghost Roast Barbecue Sauce
- 1 16 oz. bottle Hoosier Daddy! Sweet & Sassy! Barbecue Sauce
- 1 cup water
Sear your pork loin on all sides, just until barely brown.
Add to your slow cooker with all other ingredients and turn on low for 7-8 hours.
*Thanks to Hoosier Daddy for the supplying the sauces.
Twinkle VanWinkle was born in a small town in Mississippi. A life-long lover of music, media and food, she grew up following those three things along her path. She has almost 20 years of professional cooking under her apron strings, feeding thousands of friends, family and other folks while working in restaurants and bakeries in Oxford, Miss. She baked apple pies for the "Oprah Winfrey Show" and appeared on Food Network's "The Best Of..." in the same year. Along with producing dynamic lifestyle content for LIN Media, she is a mother, musician and social media fanatic.
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