Is the new year almost here already? Again? It seems like this past year went way too fast. It is a bit exciting to wonder what good things the new year will bring. Did you know it is customary to eat pork on the first of the year because it symbolizes wealth and prosperity? I don’t know about that but, I like pork so I’ll keep the tradition going.
Kick off the New Year with this savory slow cooker Italian tenderloin pork! With only a few ingredients, 10 minutes of prep time and a * Crock Pot, you can make a flavorful, juicy and tender pork dinner that is fuss free to serve at your next holiday gathering. This pork can be served in whole slices or shredded and put into sandwich rolls so it is perfect for parties.
This boneless pork tenderloin injected with fresh rosemary and garlic and marinates in extra virgin olive oil, ground sage, freshly cracked black pepper and salt while slowly cooking. It cooks on low in the slow cooker for about nine hours and then shreds upon moving with a fork. If you prefer, you can cook it for about five or six hours before it begins to shred and cut it into pieces as you would a roast. The aroma of this pork roast will smell amazing creeping through your house, up the stairs and down the hallways. Your kids and spouse will know they are getting something good to eat soon.
This pork recipe is not only easy and delicious, it tastes even better on day two and three as it sits in its own juices. As if that isn’t great enough, it also freezes well! This is my “go to” recipe for when I’m hosting large parties because I can make it weeks in advance, freeze it, and then serve it in the Crock Pot while only giving it a stir once in a while. Or, you can make it two days before your party and then freeze the leftovers.
I cook the pork with the fat attached for the flavor and then remove it after it is cooked between the 5-6 hour cooking time, before the meat begins to shred, because I don’t like to bite into a piece of fat. Removing the fat is completely optional of course! I know that it may be a food crime in some parts of the US and abroad but, I do not like biting into a chewy piece of cooked fat. I hope I didn’t lose any of my readers by admitting that.
So, if you are looking for an easy and delicious New Year’s pork dinner for a big gathering you are hosting, look no further! Your guests will be so happy with this juicy and flavorful pork dinner. You may also be interested in Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore and Spaghetti. If you are making this tasty pork for a large gathering, you may like an easy yet, tasty BOURBON Chocolate Pecan Pie or Cranberry Lemon Cheesecake for your dessert table. Your guests will ask “Who made this?”
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Slow Cooker Rosemary and Garlic Pork
- 8 lb pork tenderloin (boneless) cut in half
- 16 sandwich rolls (optional)
- 1/2 cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tbs of fresh rosemary
- 6 cloves of garlic, cut in half
- 1 tsp of ground sage
- 1/2 tsp of salt, or to taste
- 1/4 tsp of fresh cracked pepper
- Cut 6- 1/2" slits about 1" deep and 2-3" apart into each pork tenderloin (for a total of about 12 slits, 6 in each piece)
- Inject with a meat injector (or use your finger,) 3-4 leaves of rosemary and one half of a garlic clove into each slit. Throw whatever rosemary and garlic is left into the slow cooker.
- Sprinkle top of pork tenderloin with sage, salt and pepper
- Pour extra virgin olive oil into the slow cooker and turn on low setting.
- Put seasoned pork tenderloin fat side up, into the slow cooker and cook on low for 9 hours. If you want to remove the fat, it is easier to remove at the 5-6 hour mark before it starts to shred.
- If you choose to eat pork in a sandwich, assemble in sandwich rolls and enjoy. Serve with cheese or peppers if desired.
This pork freezes well.