Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Loin


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You won’t believe how tender this slow cooker cranberry pork loin is! Cranberry sauce is combined with onion soup mix in this recipe, and it’s a perfect pair. It’s a wonderful comfort food weeknight meal or can even be the main dish for a holiday dinner.

If you love a good pork loin, then cooking it in the slow cooker is a must! We love this recipe or honey apple pork loin.

Pork loin in a slow cooker with cranberry sauce.
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Why this recipe works

I mix Lipton onion soup mix with cranberry, which helps this dish to taste more savory than sweet. This is one of those three ingredients recipes that you can make any night of the week!

I’m excited to start the holiday recipes with this slow cooker cranberry pork loin. Typically when you think of pairing cranberry with a protein, you think turkey, but surprisingly cranberry is even better with pork! Another great recipe we often make is slow cooker pineapple pork loin!

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients for  cranberry pork loin on a table with text labels.
  • Pork Loin – This is the larger than a pork tenderloin and has a little bit of fat. It has amazing flavor and doesn’t dry out in the slow cooker.
  • Lipton Onion Soup Mix – This adds a punch of onion flavor to the recipe and pairs very well with cranberry. If you prefer to make a homemade mix, try this homemade onion soup mix recipe.
  • Whole Cranberry Sauce – I use one can of whole cranberry in this recipe, though you can use homemade slow cooker cranberry sauce if you have it. We also use whole cranberry sauce in our slow cooker cranberry chicken.
  • Fresh Cranberries – (OPTIONAL) If desired you can garnish with fresh cranberries, I only do this if I am serving for company.

Step-by-Step Directions

Four images showing how to make cranberry pork loin in a slow cooker.

Step One – Add the pork loin roast to the slow cooker. If your pork loin has a fatty side, place that side down.

Step Two – In a small bowl, add the whole berry cranberry sauce and the onion soup mix. Mix these two ingredients until combined.

Step Three – Pour over the cranberry/onion mixture over the pork loin.

Step Four – Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Garnish with fresh cranberries if desired. See suggestions below on how to serve; we love mashed potatoes!

cranberry pork loin in a slow cooker.

What To Serve With This Recipe

Choose one or more of these options. Think holiday dinner when serving this crock pot cranberry pork.

Plate of wild rice, pork loin, cranberry sauce and green beans.

Variations

  • Cranberry Orange Pork Loin – Add a 1/2 cup of orange marmalade to this recipe, you’ll be amazed how well orange and cranberry go together.
  • Cranberry Pork Loin wirth Sauerkraut – Add 1 bag of sauerkraut around the pork loin. This is for all my sauerkraut lovers!
  • Pineapple Cranberry Pork Loin – Add a drained can of crushed pineapple to this recipe.
  • Flavor burst – Want to add depth of flavor and uniqueness to your recipe? Add one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce.
Plate of sliced cranberry pork loin with all the fixings.

Recipe FAQs

Can I use homemade cranberry sauce in this recipe?

Yes! I have done this recipe with my homemade slow cooker cranberry sauce and had great results. Use 1 1/2 to 2 cups of fresh cranberry sauce if you have slow cooker cranberry butter, that works great too!

What can be used instead of Lipton onion soup mix?

You can use a can of Campbell’s French Onion Soup (don’t add water) in place of the powdered mix. Alternatively, you can use a half cup of dried minced onions. If you can’t have onions, skip it!

What other cuts of meat will work?

Try this cranberry and onion mixture over boneless pork ribs, pork butt, or even chicken thighs.

Can jellied cranberry sauce be used?

Yes, use a can of jellied cranberry in this recipe. I know many people don’t like whole cranberry sauce and making this switch won’t affect the recipe at all.

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cranberry pork loin in a slow cooker.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Loin Recipe

4.85 from 19 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8
Delicious holiday cranberry sauce is given a new place on your table in this savory pork loin roast. Onion soup mix gives this roast a wonderful flavor.

Ingredients 
 

  • 4 lb. pork loin, 3-4 lbs
  • 14 oz. can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 oz. packet Lipton onion soup mix

Optional but recommended for serving

  • 1 can cranberry sauce (whole or jellied), cold cranberry sauce on the side of this pork for serving is AMAZING. Grab another can if you can.
  • fresh cranberries for garnish

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl add the cranberry sauce and the onion soup mix, stir until combined.
  • Add the pork loin into the slow cooker.
  • Pour over the cranberry mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
  • Slice and serve with the sauce in the slow cooker.

How to Video

Sarah’s Notes

Can I use homemade cranberry sauce?
Yes! If you have leftover cranberry sauce, it will work wonderfully in this recipe.
Can I use jellied cranberry sauce?
Yes! Jellied works fine in this recipe and will make a smoother sauce.
What other cuts of meat will work?
Try this cranberry and onion mixture over boneless pork ribs, pork butt, or even chicken thighs.
What can be used instead of Lipton onion soup mix?
You can use a can of Campbell’s French Onion Soup (don’t add water) in place of the powdered mix. Alternatively, you can use a half cup of dried minced onions. If you can’t have onions, skip it!
Variations
  • Cranberry Orange Pork Loin – Add a 1/2 cup of orange marmalade to this recipe, you’ll be amazed how well orange and cranberry go together.
  • Cranberry Pork Loin wirth Sauerkraut – Add 1 bag of sauerkraut around the pork loin. This is for all my sauerkraut lovers!
  • Pineapple Cranberry Pork Loin – Add a drained can of crushed pineapple to this recipe.
  • Flavor burst – Want to add depth of flavor and uniqueness to your recipe? Add one tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce.

Nutrition

Serving: 8g | Calories: 385kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 143mg | Sodium: 410mg | Potassium: 887mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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96 Comments

  1. Sarah Vaughan says:

    5 stars
    My mother tried this and loved it enough to mentioned to me. I made this for my family and it was delicious we all wanted more of the juice on the meat or thickened so it’d stick. We loved it and have made it a few times already.

  2. Heather says:

    My husband can’t eat onion. What could I substitute?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      You could try a can of beef consume if there is no onion in that. It’s campbell’s brand.

  3. Mary Ann Oldis says:

    5 stars
    My family loves this recipe candles I have shared it with many friends.
    Can I cook it on high instead of low? How long?

  4. Lauren says:

    5 stars
    Very easy and tasty recipe! My loin was about 1.5lbs so I adjusted the cooking time to 4 hours on low. Came out great. Thank you!

  5. Michelle says:

    My questions disappeared. Hoe long would I cook bone in pork chops or a small pork tenderloin please?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      About 5-6 hours on low.

  6. Michelle says:

    How long would I cook a 22oz pork tenderloin?

  7. Michelle says:

    How long would I cook bone in pork chops please?

  8. Martha says:

    So good, so easy……..I used chicken added some oranges & some jalapeño jam!! Amazing!!

  9. Carol says:

    5 stars
    Super easy, absolutely delicious

  10. LinB says:

    Can I adjust the time and use a Pork tenderloin? Since there are just two of us, I always buy a tenderloin.

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Yes, it will be great.