It doesn’t have to be wintertime for me to use my slow cooker; this slow cooker pork roast is a perfect example of that. I think I tend to use it more often in the cold weather, but it’s perfect for warmer days too as we tend to be a lot busier then. Think about that. During the winter your kids probably don’t participate in sports, unless they are hockey players or ice skaters.
However, in the spring things really get busy with baseball practice, soccer and if your boys are in high school, training for the upcoming football season. So for those busy weeknights, the slow cooker tends to look better and better, doesn’t it? We love a juicy sirloin pork roast, but the Crock Pot is the way to go when it’s sport season.
This pork roast is coated in a rub and allowed to sit, so your best bet is to prepare the meat the night before and allow it to sit in the fridge overnight. Place it in the slow cooker the following morning for a great dinner that night! You can use a pork loin, which are often on sale at Sam’s Club for a great price, or a pork butt.
You’ll need to allow yourself about 10 minutes in the morning to get this going. If you mix together the soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, broth and anise the night before, you can store it in the fridge in a bag and pull it out the next morning. That way all you’ll really need to do is pull the Crock Pot out of the cabinet, brown the meat on all sides in a skillet, then deglaze the pan with the soy sauce mixture. It all goes into the slow cooker for the day and you’ll come home to a delicious home cooked meal.
That night, all you’ll have to do is add a side (some quick minute rice works great) and serve! I like the Uncle Ben’s flavored rices that cook up in about 10-15 minutes. Steam some fresh vegetables and there you have it. Enjoy!
NOTE: Slow cookers, like ovens, vary in how hot they cook. Because pork can easily dry out you may want to check your dish after about 5 hours and see how it tastes then gauge from there.
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- 6 cloves garlic pushed through a garlic press or rubbed on a microphone grater
- 1 tablespoon minced ginger root
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3 lb pork loin or butt roast
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup dry sherry
- 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 3 star anise
- 1/4 cup chicken broth
- In a bowl, combine garlic, ginger, pepper, mustard and salt. Rub all over the surface of the pork roast. Refrigerate overnight, up to 24 hours.
- Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet. Brown all sides of the roast well. Place meat in crock.
- Mix together the soy sauce, sherry, brown sugar, chicken broth and anise. Pour into skillet and deglaze the pan. Empty contents of skillet into the crock over the meat.
- Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
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I made this recipe last wk. Didn’t have star anise so substituted w/1-1/2 tsp of Chinese 5 Spice, it worked pretty good. Not sure if the flavors were supposed to be as intense as they were but we didn’t mind. It was fall apart tender but non-the-less I was vry disappointed in how dry the meat came out :( My husband watched the liquid level for me but said he didn’t have to really add that much. We really liked the unique flavor & the au jus was gr8 to dip in2 (I froze the lftovrs). And made pulled pork sandwiches the nxt day w/a homemade bbq sce, they were pretty good.
Could the dryness be due to the crock pot sz (I used my 7 qt instead of my 5)? Should the liquid actually been enuff to cover the meat (I assume not, since u don’t say that in ur directions)? I had marinated it the day b4 I had intended to cook it but wasn’t able to so it marinated in the frig for an addt’l 12 hrs. Altho I don’t think so but would that have sumthin to do w/it? Otherwise, I followed the recipe precisely.
I look 4ward to your insight Amanda.
Amanda Formaro says
Hi Leanne. Slow cooked pork does have a tendency to dry out. Some slow cookers cook “hotter” than others and this may be the case. It could have benefitted from a shorter cooking time. I will put a note in the recipe to reflect that, sorry it was dry for you!
This looks good. About how many people will it serve?
Amanda Formaro says
Should serve 4-6 and maybe have leftovers too :)
Is there something similar I can substitute for the star anise? Thanks so much!
Amanda Formaro says
Anise seed is probably the best substitute. It’s flavor isn’t as strong, so you would probably have to use more seed than the actual star pod.
deee-lish. I use my slow cooker allllll year long!
Angie @ Big Bear's Wife says
Wonderful slow cooker recipe! I use mine all year long too!
Sounds delicious; bookmarked!