Super tender and juicy pork loin, that’s coated in a thick, sweet and spicy Thai ginger sauce. Toss everything in the crockpot and dinner will be ready when you get home!
Crock pot, crock pot, crock pot, da da da da da da!
Yep, that’s my crock pot song that I’m dancing around the kitchen and singing to myself right now. Why? Because I knocked dinner out of the park last night with this spicy Thai ginger pork loin that I made. Major noms right here.
The sauce for one of my favorite Thai noodle dishes that I make inspired this recipe. I knew I wanted to make a pork loin dish, but I wasn’t sure about the sauce or seasonings. I was thinking about making my favorite rosemary citrus pork loin, but I always use that recipe when I make pork loin. I wanted to switch it up and do something different.
Spicy Thai Ginger Sauce
It’s so easy to assemble, it literally took me 2 minutes to grate the ginger, pour and whisk the sauce together. I chopped an onion and put that down first, I added the pork loin, and then I poured this deliciously tangy ginger sauce all over it.
Tip – Make sure you use fresh ginger to grate into the sauce. The fresh ginger gives such a pop of flavor, and it’s so good for you too!
Pork Tenderloin Prep
Make sure you put the pork loin fat side up, so as it cooks the fat cooks into it and keeps it moist. My 2 lb pork loin took 7 hours on low to get fork tender, but I could have left it for another hour if I wasn’t home. So, in case you are going to be gone all day, it will be fine to leave it in for 8 hours.
Tip – Even if you’re cooking something on low, I always start the crock pot on high for at least 10-15 minutes in the beginning to crank up the heat inside the pot. Then you can reduce it to low.
One of my biggest food pet peeves is meat that doesn’t have enough thick sauce. Who wants a watered down sauce? Nobody! That’s who. All the flavors and seasonings meld together while it cooks for 7 hours, but it does get watered down a bit. There is nothing better than a super tender slice of pork that’s covered in flavor-packed sauce.
After 7 hours, I removed the pork loin from the crock pot. I used a slotted spoon to remove the sauce soaked onions and put them on top of the pork loin. I poured the remaining sauce into a small pot and set it to medium-low for about 10 minutes. I let it bubble away, stirring occasionally until the sauce had almost reduced by half. It gets very thick, almost like a syrupy caramel consistency. That’s exactly what I wanted, and when you pour it, it seeps perfectly into all the hidden crevices of the pork loin.
- 1 onion, diced
- (1) 2lb pork loin roast
- Sea salt and pepper
- For the sauce -
- 3 T fresh ginger, grated
- 2 T honey
- ¼ cup tamari
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 T brown sugar
- 4 T hot sauce
- ¼ t cayenne pepper - (I used ½ t but start with ¼ t and add more if you want more spice.)
- 2 T water
- 2 T cornstarch
- Turn the crockpot on, set to high.
- Dice the onion, and lay in the bottom of your crockpot.
- Season the pork loin with salt and pepper, place fat side up in the crockpot.
- Mix fresh ginger, tamari, garlic, brown sugar, hot sauce, cayenne pepper, and honey in a small bowl. Pour the sauce over the pork loin.
- Reduce the heat to low, cover with the lid, and cook for 7-8 hours on low.
- Remove pork and put on a platter. Use a slotted spoon to remove the onions, add to the top of the pork loin. Let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
- Pour the remaining sauce into a small sauce pot. In a small bowl, whisk together water and cornstarch and add it to the pot. Whisk together, and heat over medium-low until bubbly for 10 minutes or until sauce had reduced by almost half. You want to be able to stick a spoon in and have it stick to the back of the spoon. A thick consistency is key!
- Slice the pork loin, and pour the sauce over the top. Reserve a little bit if you want to have a dipping sauce.
Clearly, I have no leg to stand on, because I couldn’t stop myself from taking a few nibbles, but try to restrain yourself! I know it’s hard! Just look at that big meaty chunk, soaking up all the sweet and spicy ginger sauce like that’s its job! Ohhh yaaaaa.
I served the pork tenderloin with parmesan garlic pearl couscous and zucchini, it was delicious! Travis devoured his plate with record speed. I’m pretty sure he liked it.
What’s your favorite crock pot meal to cook? Let me know in the comments!
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