If you’re looking for a great recipe to turn ordinary pork loin into something sweet and savory, then you’ll love this Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Loin. The sauce ingredients create a honey garlic glaze that flavors the pork loin while cooking it to fork-tender perfection.
This isn’t the only yummy way to cook a pork loin. Try Brown Sugar Sesame Pork Loin, Cranberry Pork Loin, or Green Chile Pork Loin.
Why this honey garlic pork loin recipe works
This great recipe takes the guesswork out of how to cook pork tenderloin in a way that yields tender meat with flavorful juice. The incredible honey garlic sauce is created using just a few pantry staples, and the prep is super easy. Add this honey garlic pork tenderloin to your next meal plan!
- Pork Loin: When it comes to this cut of meat, marbling is a good thing. Look for one that has it throughout, along with a pinkish-red color. You can use pork tenderloins instead if that’s what you prefer.
- Savory Honey Garlic Sauce: The chicken broth and cornstarch are mixed first, then the honey, soy sauce, freshly minced garlic, red pepper flakes, onion powder, and ginger are added to it.
Step One – Place the pork loin into the crock pot.
Step Two – In a small bowl, whisk together the honey glaze ingredients.
Step Three – Pour sauce over the pork loin.
Step Four – Cover and cook HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 5-6 hours. Remove pork from the slow cooker and cut it into slices, then return back to the honey garlic sauce. Serve with a suggestion from below and enjoy!
How to serve
- Cooked pork always pairs well with vegetable-based sides such as Slow Cooker Collard Greens, a Green Bean Casserole, or Milk and Honey Corn on the Cob.
- The flavor of honey garlic pork loin also tastes delicious with a side of wild rice, fried rice or white rice. Even mashed potatoes are great with the honey garlic sauce.
- And since it’s sweet and savory, you can’t go wrong pairing it with Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, or garlic butter mashed potatoes. Pour extra sauce over the sides for extra flavor.
- Any type of bread with go well with it as well. When I serve it, I typically go for a buttered dinner roll.
Recipe FAQs and Variations
Place the leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat them with the leftover honey garlic glaze in the oven until warmed throughout.
A drizzle of olive oil, garlic powder, fresh ground pepper, and smoked paprika would taste great; make the recipe your own!
You can marinate the meat in the sauce overnight in the fridge to infuse the honey garlic flavor into the pork.
Pork chops can be used instead of pork loin; the cooking time will be 3.5 hours on high or 4 hours on low.
Yes! You can use a large oven-proof skillet (think cast iron) for cooking the meat and glaze.
Some recipes call for maple syrup, cider vinegar, and orange juice. Substitute these or add them in addition to the honey and soy sauce.
Leftovers can be cubed and used in fried rice, or even tacos. Or you can reheat and have the same meal as the night before if you prefer.
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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Loin
- 3-4 lbs. pork loin (or pork tenderloins)
- ¾ cup chicken broth
- 3 Tbsp. cornstarch
- 3 Tbsp. soy sauce
- ½ tsp. onion powder
- ½ tsp red pepper flakes
- 2 Tbsp. garlic cloves minced
- ½ cup honey
- ¼ tsp. ground ginger
- Place the pork loin into the slow cooker.
- In a small bowl add the chicken broth and the cornstarch, whisk until smooth.
- Add the remaining sauce ingredients. Whisk until very smooth, you do not want the cornstarch in a lump at the bottom.
- Pour this mixture over the pork loin.
- Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or LOW for 5-6.
- Remove the meat from the slow cooker onto a cutting board and let rest for 10 mintues.
- Cut the pork into serving slices and place back into the sauce in the slow cooker along with the sauce for serving.
- Place the leftovers in an airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat them with the leftover honey garlic glaze in the oven until warmed throughout.
- Pork chops can be used instead of pork loin, the cooking time will be 3.5 hours on high, or 4 hours on low.
- You can marinate the meat in the sauce overnight in the fridge to infuse the honey garlic flavor into the pork.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.
Karen Lonabaugh-Hartley says
WoW, this is excellent! Easy to make, I had all the ingredients on hand in my pantry. I made it yesterday and we had the leftovers for lunch today. This is the best recipe I’ve found for pork and I’ve been making pork for a time. It’s definitely delicious, just the right amount of spice, sweet and tangy sauce, the meat was so tender. We all loved it. This will definitely be a weekly meal in our house. Thanks!
Would date syrup be too intense? Not crazy about cooking or baking with honey. Thank you!
Mary Ann Hovan says
When it calls for honey can you use sugar substitute instead? In this recipe can you just omit the honey?
Sarah Olson says
I would do brown sugar instead of honey. I wouldn’t omit it.
I had 4.2 lbs of pork loin and cooked it for the recommended 5-6 hours on low and it turned to shredded/pulled pork. If you want it sliced I would suggest a shorter cook time. I was hoping for a bolder flavor but it was just sort of bland. I do think it has great potential though.
I was thinking of adding small Yukon gold potatoes. Should I add at the beginning or in the last 2 hours. Love your recipes by the way! This is the best slow cooker site on the web!
Sarah Olson says
I would add them at the beginning; you may have to cook the recipe a little longer too. Potatoes usually take 7 hours, depending how hot your slow cooker cooks.