I don’t know if its growing up in the south, or what but I grew up eating a lot of pork. My Mom was a busy Mom as all Mom’s are, and she used her crockpot religiously. I can remember one Sunday, She had the most beautiful roast on in the crockpot, I tripped and hit the crockpot, and the entire contents spewed everywhere. Boy, oh boy, I just knew I was in for it. I was desperately trying to clean it up and my Mom came in, and I was prepared for all the trouble I was going to be in, and she just simply said, “Are you okay?” I was floored. She had shown me grace, and wasn’t upset. Still to this day I can remember the flood of relief I felt as she simply said, we would have something else for dinner. We had many roasts after that one but I guess I have a special place in my heart for crockpots and roasts.
As a parent you have many opportunities to show grace to your little ones as you navigate life together. I will never forget that moment of grace my mother showed me, but also I will never forget the many, many pork loins she cooked in her crock pot and how juicy and amazing they always were. As a busy parent myself I often lean on the crockpot for meals as I shuffle people, and myself from place to place. I have really tried to introduce Hannah to all kinds of foods. But I must say like me she loves pork roast. Just the other day we were shopping at Kroger and we walked by the pork loins, and she immediately asked if that’s what we could have for dinner. I noticed that Smithfield® Pork came in many different varieties with the pork loin already having a marinade on the meat tightly sealed package. We selected the garlic and herb variety and we checked out and headed home.
One thing I have learned over the years of cooking pork loins, is to keep it simple and provide a moisture element. This is why the crockpot is really a no brainer for keeping the beautiful pork loin tender and juicy. When we returned home I placed the pork into the crockpot, with 1 cup of chicken stock. I turned it on high and let it cook for four hours or until tender. While it was cooking I decided I wanted to go a little greek with it. I knew when I came out the pork would be fall apart tender, so I decided that I would make a tzatziki sauce and combine it with some additional veggies and a jalapeno. Whoa this was gonna be tasty!
When the pork was tender, I allowed it to cool slightly before slicing it. It was juicy and fall apart tender with just the right amount of seasonings. Meanwhile I had mixed the coleslaw mix, chopped jalapeno, deseeded cucumber diced, ½ tbs of chopped dill, sliced onion, lemon juice, garlic and salt together and allowed it to sit for about a half hour. Then I added in ¾ cup of plain greek yogurt. I stirred everything together and let it all marry until I was ready to plate it up with the pork. I took some flat bread, and placed the pork loin on top of the flat bread and then topped that a mound of the veggies and a little feta cheese. This was a new one for us to make and try and it was delicious. But I will tell you it’s the pork that truly shines through. The Smithfield® Pork products are amazing quality and your whole family will enjoy eating it! This is my favorite way to cook a pork loin, in the crockpot. It comes out juicy and tender every time! Enjoy!
1 Smithfield® Pork Tenderloin Garlic and Herb Marinated
1 cup of chicken stock
¾ cup of greek yogurt
1 cucumber deseeded, peeled and chopped
½ thinly sliced onion
1 diced jalapeno
2 cups of slaw mix
juice of ½ lemon
2 diced garlic cloves
½ tsp of salt
1/8 tsp of pepper
1 piece of flat bread per person
½ tbs of dill
Place pork loin in a crockpot with the chicken stock and cook on high for four hours or until fork tender. In a mixing bowl place all veggies into bowl with lemon, salt, pepper, garlic and dill. When pork is done and tender, allow to cool before slicing. Stir in yogurt. Top flat bread with pork, followed by slaw mixture and a sprinkling of feta. Enjoy.
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