Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples, Carrots and Rosemary

Slow Cooker Roast Pork Loin with Apples, Onions and Carrots - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach #slowcooker

Your family and friends will think you slaved over this flavorful pork roast for hours. We won’t tell them your little secret, but we know all you have to do is toss the pork loin in the slow cooker with some seasoning, fresh fruit and veggies. It’s really that easy! Add the ingredients to your crock in the morning and by dinnertime you’ll have a hot, nutritious meal for your family.

The fresh apples and carrots cook with the pork, making this dish colorful and healthy. If you position them around the pork in your slow cooker, they will be tender and ready to eat when the pork is done. Add a sprig of fresh rosemary to the crock for even more flavor.

Slow Cooker Roast Pork Loin with Apples, Onions and Carrots - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach #slowcooker

Not only is this dish tasty, but it’s also an easy way to make sure your family eats their fruits and vegetables. And just as great, you can let your slow cooker do all the work to get this home-cooked meal on the table by dinnertime.

Slow Cooker Roast Pork Loin with Apples, Onions and Carrots - from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach #slowcooker

Slow Cooker Pork Roast with Apples, Carrots and Rosemary
Serves 4
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  1. 2 Granny Smith apples, cored and each cut into 8 wedges
  2. 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  3. 4 pounds boneless loin pork roast
  4. 1 teaspoon salt
  5. 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  6. 1 medium onion, cut into eighths
  7. 4 large carrots, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  8. 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  1. In medium bowl, toss apples with lemon juice; set aside.
  2. Season roast with salt and pepper.
  3. Place half of onions and 4 to 6 apple wedges in slow cooker crock.
  4. Top with seasoned roast. Surround roast with remaining apples, onions, and carrots. Top with rosemary.
  5. Cover and cook on HIGH for 4 hours, MEDIUM for 5 1/2 to 6 hours or LOW 7 to 8 hours.
  1. For food safety, be sure to cook until meat thermometer registers at least 160°F (71°C).
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  5. Pork loin? Pork shoulder? Pork butt? What’s the difference?
    I have a pork shoulder roast on hand, should that work?

    • Sarah DiPeppe

      Kaylah, according to the Test Kitchen, pork loin is sometimes confused with tenderloin. A loin roast is typically sold in pieces weighing between 2 to 4 pounds. Tenderloin is a smaller, long cut that usually weighs about 1 pound. The pork loin is sliced and served, whereas pork shoulder is cooked for a longer period of time and shredded. This recipes is served sliced with pieces of apples and carrots.

      You can use the pork shoulder, but the cook time will be longer. Hope this helps!

  6. My first thought after watching this blog is “Delicious and healthy”
    Thank you, Pat Schweitzer, for this wonderful recipe! It has made my day.I will surely try this one soon.

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  8. Looks something different… going to try this weekend!

  9. Wayne Johnson

    I love recipes that make good use of herbs and spices which compliment the meat and main ingredients, but this one calls only for rosemary and a bit of salt & pepper–yet people still seem to love it. Any suggestions for perking up the taste or is it best to leave it alone as is? I haven’t tried making it yet.

  10. Finally got around to making this, only the Hubster forgot and bought a bone-in roast. Still turned out great even with the mushy apples.

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  13. I didn’t have any rosemary or a lemon on hand so I used Lemon and Rosemary vitality essential oils plus added potato. It turned out great!! Thanks for this easy delicious family dinner.

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  15. Great recipe! I added one large sweet potato cut into large chunks; they were a perfect compliment. Use one apple during cooking to help flavor the pork. Then add one or two apples cut into eighths in the last hour. When the pork is ready mash the apples with a fork and put on top of the sliced pork. Delicious! Oh, and I think a cranberry sauce or cranberry chutney would be great with this meal, as I felt it needed something tangy to go with the sweetness.

  16. We loved this recipe! I made a full batch for 5 people and we had about half left over. Will be freezing some meat and making pulled pork tacos for dinner tonight with some of the meat. Thanks for the recipe.

  17. Where are the photos of the finished product? No recipe should be posted without it!

  18. Annette Burdick

    I made this for Sunday Dinner. THE pork was really good. I read the other comen’s regarding the apples and they did get mushy. I even added them in the last hour and still turn mushy. Maybe when I try this again, I will use a different kind of cooking apple and hopefully it will work better or I will just leave them out. I would also add potatoes too. There is no need to add any liquid. I agree with the other reviews on that.

  19. Barbara Copeland

    Pulled pork sandwiches with my dip, it’s amazing, but I also love your picture, so inviting

  20. Jeannie Huff

    I love serving apples with pork but I have never cooked them with it. I’m going to try this.

  21. I love slow cooked pork, it keeps its juiciness and tastes incredible. I will have to try combining the apples in the slow cooker as well as that sounds like a great idea.

    The pictures are also incredible! Great job!!

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  25. I have an HB model 33429, 4qt slow cooker.. I enjoy using it and do so a lot…
    Regarding boneless pork loin roasts..
    There are dozens of slow cooker recipes on the web and I have tried a number of them as I love boneless pork loin roast..
    I have yet to do one which doesn’t turn out stringy and dry.. I have tried different sizes of roasts, different amounts of liquid, different cooking times, etc, etc, etc… nothing seems to work…
    Perhaps the answer for me is to go back to oven roasting them…

  26. I wanted to make this with a bone in pork butt what would be the change in cooking time?

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  28. can I sub a beef roast instead of pork?

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  31. hi! I’m making this today and was wondering what would the cooking time be for a 2 lb roast instead of a 4 lb roast??

  32. Nate Wright

    How much liquid (water) should I be adding to this? I don’t see any other fluids aside from the lemon juice.

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  34. I really enjoyed this when I made it, but my apples did turn into mush (I used granny smith and put them in towards the end, but maybe still a little too long). The roast was amazing, the mushy apples on their own were kind of gross, but if you finish mashing them and put them on top of the pork that is amazing.. Don’t know what it is, but I love pork and apples together. I plan on making this again, but most likely wont add the apples until the last hour. Otherwise it was really tasty.

  35. Did you trim the fat off from the roast or did you leave it as is? :)

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  39. Did this yesterday, only change was adding some sweet potatoe to the veggies and basting the roast with a bit of honey ale. Absolutely fantastic and super easy.

    • Hi! I’m thinking about adding sweet potatoes too. Would you peel and quarter or just leave the peel on. I love the peel in crock pot regular potatoes, but I’ve never out sweet potatoes in the crock pot.

    • Hi! I’m thinking about adding sweet potatoes too. Would you peel and quarter or just leave the peel on. I love the peel in crock pot regular potatoes, but I’ve never put sweet potatoes in the crock pot. Not sure how appealing that would be. Haha.

      • I’ve done sweets a number of times in the slow cooker and they always come out nice and tender. If you are a lover of sweet potatoes it’s a great way to get their natural flavor and a nice soft texture.

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  41. What a great recipe. Made this last night and it was delicious. The only things I did different were that I added little bit of chicken stock to the crockpot. It formed into juicy sauce. I also let it cooked for 10 hours on low temp. Meat was very tender.

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  43. Maybe I’m just not seeing it but how much water or liquid should I add?

  44. Hello, thank you for this recipe, it looks really nice and healthy. I will try it tomorrow, although I was planning to use red apples, it that ok? They are very sweet. And do I put the Rosemary at the begining of the cooking time?

  45. I presume I can add veggies like carrots, asparagus, etc?

  46. I am making this right now i have everything in my slow cooker just one question ?! Do you not put any water in the slow cooker just apples onions then meat then more apples onions and carrots then turn it on??

    • Hi Sara, thanks for your question. That is correct. Because the slow cooker traps the moisture during the cooking process, there is no need to add any liquid. Just put on the lid and cook. Enjoy!

  47. Can you use potatoes instead of the apples?

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  50. Made this today. Apples turned out mushy and pretty much dissolved, but the roast was delicious. I will make this again.

    • Thanks, Angie. The apples tend to get a little soft, but how soft will often depend on the type of apple used. To keep apples from getting too mushy, you can add them later in the cooking process and/or choose crisp apples instead of apples commonly used for baking. Glad you enjoyed the roast!

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  52. I love this idea! Thanks for sharing!

  53. Carolyn Keese

    Looks good, but I would think a 4 lb roast would serve more than 4…

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