Easy Crock Pot Pork Roast

This Crock Pot Pork Roast recipe is tender and juicy and perfect for busy weeknights. Plus it’s super easy to make in your slow cooker with just a couple of ingredients!

Overhead shot of crock pot pork roast with gravy and broccoli.

You know when you just don’t feel like cooking? Or you are going to have company for dinner, but you have no time to make anything fancy? Help is at hand in the form of this delicious slow cooker pork roast. Making this is so easy that you could practically do it in your sleep.

You can enjoy this pork just like it is, or add an easy gravy to impart even more homey flavor.

Crock Pot Pork Roast on a ble platter with gravy

How to Make a Crock Pot Pork Roast

  1. First you buy a 2-3 pound pork loin roast. I get mine at Costco because it comes in a 4-pack which means I always have some on hand. The kind that I buy has up to 10% of a solution of broth and salt. After I buy it, I put it in the freezer so that when I want to prepare the roast, I just get it out of my freezer and put it into my slow cooker.
  2. Place the pork roast in the crock pot. You can thaw it overnight if you like. It is not necessary to thaw but you will want to add an hour to the cooking time if your pork roast is frozen.
  3. Then I just sprinkle salt and pepper on it, followed by a generous sprinkling of poultry seasoning. That’s it!

A seasoned pork roast, whole, in a slow cooker

How to Make a Roux Gravy

Making gravy from a roux is simple and easy and super delicious with this Crock Pot Pork Loin.

  1. Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a skillet, then whisk in an equal amount of flour. Let it cook until it’s golden and all of the flour is completely absorbed. You can also add garlic to the butter for even more flavor.
  2. Add 2 cups of liquid – the juices from the slow cooker and chicken broth to make 2 cups. to the roux and bring the mixture to a simmer. It will take about 5-7 minutes to thicken, then you can season with salt and pepper until the gravy tastes how you like you.
  3. For a brown gravy for beef roasts, use beef broth instead of chicken in addition to any cooking juices from the meat.

Crock Pot Pork Roast with gravy being poured on it.

Which cut of pork is best in a slow cooker?

The Loin I use for this easy recipe is my favorite cut of pork to roast in a slow cooker. It’s a generously sized roast, and it comes our juicy, flavorful and so tender after several hours. The long, skinny tenderloin is also a good cut, but I have found that it has more of a risk of getting dry because it is more lean.

If it’s Pulled Pork you’re after, you’ll need a large pork shoulder, and Crockpot Ribs are always a winner.

How long does pork take in a slow cooker?

A 3 pound pork roast will take about 8 hours to cook in the slow cooker on low, or 4-5 hours on high. My roast always turns out so tender and flavorful. My oldest daughter (who is allergic to everything) LOVES this pork. It is one of the few things she can eat, and she is in heaven every time I make it.

Do you put water in the crock pot with a pork roast?

When I am cooking this from its frozen state, I don’t add any liquid to the bottom of the crock pot because as the roast thaws it will release plenty of liquid. If the meat is fresh or thawed, I add ¼ to ½ cup of water or chicken broth. Likewise, if you get a pork roast that has not had broth and salt added to it, you may want to add more salt.

Crock Pot Pork Roast with gravy, rice and broccoli

What Side Dishes go with this Pork Roast Recipe?

This pork pairs well with mashed potatoes or rice, and any kind of vegetable, like Oven Roasted Broccoli Garlic Green Beans to Honey Roasted Carrots. And if you have leftovers, you can use the meat in enchiladas, taquitos, sandwiches–the possibilities are endless!

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A plate of sliced Pork Roast with gravy

Easy Pork Roast

Delicious pork roast cooked in crock pot.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 5 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 servings
Calories 250kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2.5 pound pork loin roast
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1-2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

For the Gravy (optional)

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups liquid (juices from the slow cooker and/or chicken broth)

Instructions
 

  • Put the fresh or frozen pork roast in the crock pot.
  • Sprinkle with desired amount of salt and pepper. Try to get some on the sides, then liberally sprinkle with poultry seasoning.
  • If not using frozen roast, add ¼ to ½ cup of water to the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-9 hours. If frozen, add 1 hour to cooking time.

To Make the Gravy (optional)

  • Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a skillet or saucepan, then whisk in 3 tablespoons of flour. Let the roux cook over medium heat until it's golden and all of the flour is completely absorbed.
  • Add 2 cups of liquid to the butter/flour roux. I use whatever juices are in the slow cooker and add chicken broth until it equals 2 cups. Bring the mixture to a simmer for about 5-7 minutes or until thickened.
  • Season the gravy with salt and pepper to your liking and serve with the pork roast.

Notes

Nutritional content is for informational purposes. It does not include the optional gravy because that depends on how much each person uses. 

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 42gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 119mgSodium: 93mgPotassium: 709mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 9IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg
Keyword pork roast, slow cooker pork roast

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This Easy Pork Roast can be made with your eyes shut! Just throw it in the crock pot and you have an amazing dinner that is perfect any time of the year! This Easy Pork Roast steals the show at Sunday dinner. Make some today! Tender and flavorful, this Easy Pot Roast is a hit every time!

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa Howell

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  1. I am not a fan of putting raw meat in my crockpot! Can I brown the pork roast a little before it goes in the pot?

  2. I made this roast first for my husband and I. One each week for several weeks! Ate first with gravy in recipe. Delicious! Made pulled pork and soft burritos also. I am now cooking one a week for my oldest son and family, and one every other week for youngest son and family. They LOVE it! What would I do without this recipe.

  3. Once again, another fabulous and easy recipe!! I need to try more of your recipes, as the two that I have tried were wonderful. Thank you for sharing!

  4. Really good and so easy! I cooked my 3 lb porkroast from frozen and because I’d run out of poultry seasoning I used Italian seasoning. So easy it was unbelievable. I rarely use a crockpot, I don’t even own one, but my gentleman friend does and we were busy today so I threw it in and voila – super good dinner tonight. Served it with mashed potatoes, apple sauce and a salad. He raved. I preened. Thank you 🙂 Will make again.

  5. Excellent recipe! Thank you so much for sharing this! The meat fell apart. I had a fresh (not frozen) 2.85 lb boneless center cut pork roast. I cooked it for 7 1/2 hours on low. I added 1/2 cup of chicken broth, but I think I would use 1/4 cup next time and check it after 7 hours. I also added a sliced onion in the bottom of the crockpot before putting the meat in. We couldn’t slice the meat since it just feel apart, with was perfect for us. The gravy was an added plus! This is definitely something we will be making again.

  6. For an excellent juice for my pot roast try 1 pkg of Lipton onion soup half a cup of hot water. 8 hours in a Crock-Pot baste every hour or so. You’ll love it

  7. I put my roast in my crackpot frozen and did exactly what you said It made a beautiful juice and then I made my gravy too. It was the 1st time I made gravy and it was excellent. Thanks for your step-by-step directions and all your tips to make it successful and delicious!

      1. I’m trying this today sounds like it’ll come out great I’ll let you know

  8. Easter dinner tomorrow for me and the boyfriend! I wanted to cook but not ake a big mess and this hit me! YUM!

    1. I think that would work. I’d recommend boneless though; the bone-in gives off too much liquid for having the veggies in there.

        1. You could add 30 minutes to an hour to the cook time, but it probably wouldn’t matter too much. The water is only for a thawed/fresh roast and you wouldn’t need to change the amount. Maybe just use the high end of what’s recommended.

  9. I am making one that came without broth and salt included. Wonder if you think adding some chicken bone broth would help? love that I can do with easily with stuff I already have and get it going in just a couple minutes!

  10. This helped me so much this morning.
    Cooking the 1.85lb pork loin roast for 6 hours since I didn’t have a 3lb. Hope that will be sufficient time?!
    Oh, and knowing now I can do this from a frozen state that my Dad handed to me last night from their freezer.
    Thank you!!