This Slow Cooker Cranberry Crusted Dijon Pork Roast takes just five minutes of prep, then cooks all day. Tender pork loin, that falls apart. Sweet cranberries and dry dijon mustard give this easy main dish entree a little zing. (An easy gravy recipe made from the crockpot juices is included!)
I have a real gem of a main dish recipe to share with you today: Slow Cooker Cranberry Crusted Dijon Pork Roast. You’re gonna love it because it’s fast and easy. Cooks all day in the slow cooker. The house smells divine.
Cranberries make it the perfect fall/winter recipe. (And bring to mind idyllic memories of childhood train excursions through the New England cranberry bogs of Edaville Railroad in Carver, MA. A fun experience to add to your bucket list.)
This tender pork loin roast gets its’ sweetness from both whole berry cranberry sauce and cranberry juice. (I used what I had in the pantry, Ocean Spray Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce.) Dry mustard gives a little zing! If you like a really sweet gravy, add sugar or honey. But we find it sweet enough.
So the circumstances of how I came to make this dish are unusual. I had another recipe in mind, but was making a big pot of spaghetti and meatballs for my boys after soccer. I added a little olive oil to the water and brought it to a boil like I always do.
For some unknown reason, when I dropped the pasta in, the boiling water surged up, boiling right over the top of the huge pot. All over the stove top and onto the floor.
I don’t know exactly WHAT happened. It’s never happened to me quite like that before. I was lucky my bare feet didn’t get scalded. Seriously. And moments after that happened, the oven door automatically locked. Yup. And the digital display clock went blank.
The kiss of death.
So now you know. I don’t even have a working oven right now! And ’til the repairman arrives at the end of the week (and I pay that $100 diagnostic fee, ugh) I’ve gotta get creative without an oven. That’s where this delicious Slow Cooker Cranberry Crusted Dijon Pork Roast came in.
I was browsing the sale flyer from my local Market Basket and spied pork loin on sale. I can feed a lot of boys with one pork loin, and it cooks in the slow cooker, not the oven.
The best thing about this recipe besides the taste, is that it literally takes five minutes to prep the pork loin.
Then it cooks for 6-8 hours on low in the slow cooker. Just before serving, use several cups of the crockpot juices to make a delicious, sweet gravy on the stovetop.
I usually mash red new potatoes to serve alongside this Slow Cooker Cranberry Crusted Dijon Pork Roast. This pork roast tastes like a lazy Sunday afternoon dinner but comes together quickly, even on a busy week night.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Crusted Dijon Pork Loin Recipe
- 1 - 3-4 pound boneless pork loin
- 1 - 16 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce
- 1/2 cup cranberry juice
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
- salt & pepper
- Optional: 1/2 cup sugar or honey
- Gravy just before serving:
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 tablespoons cold water
- 2 cups juice from slow cooker
- 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
- Rinse pork loin and pat dry.
- Salt and pepper outside of roast.
- Place fat side UP in slow cooker.
- In a medium bowl, stir whole cranberry sauce, leaving cranberries whole.
- Gently stir in cranberry juice, mustard, cloves and optional sugar or honey.
- Spoon over pork loin, keeping as many of the whole cranberries on top of the pork loin as possible.
- Cook on low in slow cooker for 6-8 hours.
- (Or 5-6 hours: on high for the first hour, and low for the remainder.)
- Cut into slices just before serving and serve immediately.
- When pork loin is fully cooked, remove 2 cups of juice from the slow cooker.
- Place in a sauce pan and bring to a boil on the stovetop.
- Separately, mix 2 tablespoons cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water.
- Slowly add to boiling juice, stirring all the while.
- Gravy will thicken in a minute or two.
- Stir in 3/4 teaspoon salt or to taste.
- Serve immediately over pork loin slices.
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Joanie @ Zagleft says
I really do need to use my slow cooker more often. This pork roast looks incredibly delicious and I love how easy it all comes together. It sounds like such a flavorful dish, I know my family would love it!
Kristen @ A Mind Full Mom says
Oh Allie, I am so so sorry about your oven. I remember several years ago, I turned my oven on and sparks flew. Obviously it was toast. So grateful for slow cookers and this pork is going on our menu for sure!
Perfect timing for getting this recipe, as I needed something to take to a family who eats a gluten-free, dairy-free diet, and this fills the bill! Sounds so good, and I can’t wait to try it! As for you and your broken oven — looks like the Taylors will be having some slow-cooked meals in their near future…be sure to send along the recipes! XOXO
Carrie Albright says
YUM! I love using the slow cooker, mainly because there’s less stress in the late afternoon. Thanks for the new recipe!
Linda Jenkins says
What a great recipe. I will definitely try this one. Love to use the crock pot; and pork is one of my favorites. Can’t wait to taste it.
Mike Dennehy says
This is OUTSTANDING! I am salivating here at 930 in the morning!!!
Aunt Pinkie says
Sorry about your oven but thankful for this delicious sounding recipe! Don’t have a slow cooker but my oven works so will have to try it- looks soooo good!
Susie Mandel says
Yay! another great pork recipe! And I love slow cooker food…absolutely delicious. I grieve with you over your oven. I am waiting for some major appliance in our house to die, as we are one payment away from paying off our A/C unit. You know we need something to replace that missing payment! Yesterday I heard the microwave making a weird sound. Let’s hope the microwave and oven are on different schedules. 😉
Oh yeah! I can smell the holidays are in the air 😀
This looks soooo good, Allie! I am loving the spices and cranberries infused…yum!
cynthia/What A Girl Eats says
Love any meal I can throw in the slow-cooker and forget about. This is perfect for fall with all the great spices. I can almost smell it!
Barbara Child says
So sorry about your oven! Sounds like you made a quick recovery with dinner via the slow cooker. And the finished roast looks heavenly!
Lauren @ Healthy Delicious says
This looks delicious. I love cranberries -I totally want to go visit that bog now that I know it exists.
Ramya Menon @ War and Cheese says
I loooove all your slow cooker recipes, going to get one just cos of this blog1
Rachel @ Baked by Rachel says
I’m all about easy slow cooker meals. This looks fantastic!
Arman @ thebigmansworld says
This looks absolutely delicious- You’ve combined my favorite festive flavor on my favorite festive meat! 🙂
Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life says
This looks absolutely fabulous…love slow cooker meals! And I think I have a pork roast in the freezer right now! 🙂
Anu-My Ginger Garlic Kitchen says
Oh! I am sorry about your oven. This dish here looks absolutely stunning and delicious. Slow cooker meals are just AH-MAZING! And spices and cranberries sounds like an awesome addition. Lovely share, Allie. I wish you a happy weekend! 🙂
Karen @ The Food Charlatan says
Oh man Allie I’m glad your toes are okay! And having no oven is not fun. That’s when the cookie cravings hit hardest. It’s a trial. Hope it is fixed soon! I love the holiday feel of this pork!
I somehow missed this post on the release date, but am so glad I found it now. It looks delicious. So sorry to hear about the oven – and reading today that it’s been a month without. Really, you are amazing, Allie! You still find a way to keep posting beautiful recipes! Xoxo
Thanks friend, where there’s a will there’s a way, right? Ha. The new oven was installed last night at 5:30. It’s been here a little over 24 hours and I still haven’t used it… maybe tomorrow. Can’t wait to break it in. XO
I needed something to make for dinner for my siblings that was easy and delicious, (okay, I did want to show off a little). I made this and it was superb! It I even did the potatoes like you suggested. Rave reviews. I added green beans and applesauce and it was just great. Festive looking too! My friend, you should write a cookbook!
Oh that makes me happy Denise, so glad you all enjoyed it! What a delicious meal and now I’m hungry just thinking about it. The publishers, they just keep calling but I’m too busy — feet up, eating bonbons and sip-sipping…
Christy Stansbury says
Made this for Christmas eve lunch which happened to fall on a Sunday this year. So easy to put in the crockpot before church and come home to a scrumptious aroma. It looked lovely with mashed potatoes and peas on my holly and berry plates.
Thanks for sharing this recipe. It has become a family favorite.