Tender frozen pork loin in Crock Pot is possible! This is how to cook frozen pork perfectly in a slow cooker all day, then enjoy for dinner with a rich gravy and potatoes.
Pork Loin Crock Pot Frozen
We first shared Instant Pot frozen pork loin because that turned out great. In the case that you don’t have that machine or would rather set it and forget your dinner at the beginning of the day, it was time for this method. If you are like me there are days when you just aren’t together enough to plan for meals the day before.
In that case you might need to refer to our cooking frozen meat to tender post that lists how to cook ALL THE THINGS, right out of the freezer. I figured out how to cook each piece so well this way that sometimes I don’t even bother thawing. If done right you don’t need to, you’ll be a believer after you try this one too.
FIRST – You should sign up for my free newsletter so you get new posts emailed to you twice a week and never miss out on anything! Let’s talk a little bit about slow cooking shall we?? First off I have a few different varieties and I love them all. Each one has an occasion to be used like….
- This is my favorite 6 quart programmable one with a locking lid so it’s great for bringing to a potluck too.
- If you just want to serve a few appetizers you should get this one that sit side by side one another.
- I prefer not to use liners, but rather just spray olive oil inside before adding my food for easier cleanups.
Let me give you a peek of my pretty thang I bought recently. It goes with my kitchen so I can just leave it out on the countertop all the time. 😉
How to Cook Frozen Pork Loin
The first thing you need to remember when buying meat in bulk, especially if you know you will likely freeze it is to not go too large. As you can see, this one was just a tad too long, still worked as it thawed over the hours but a bit smaller would’ve been ideal.
From 3-3.5 pounds is just about right for a normal size Crock. I have a 6 and 8 quart which is typical. If you have never slow cooked frozen meat before you’ll be surprised to know that the cook time doesn’t really change much at all. Like if you were to cook a fresh beef roast vs. frozen roast in slow cooker it takes about the same time.
You can easily add potatoes since those take quite a bit of time to get tender, and are usually the favorite side dish. With the drippings of the meat surrounding them, and a bit of seasoning they’re seriously mouth watering. You could add other firm veggies too like large chunks of carrots, and/or a quartered onion.
Slow Cooker Frozen Pork Loin
The taters will be so so tender that you could make mashed potatoes out of them when done, we keep them whole. Timing below will vary slightly depending on the size of your piece of course. This was a 3.7 pound pork loin that reached the proper internal temp after 6 hours. If you wanted to shred pork you’d add some more time.
- 3-3.5 lb frozen pork loin is your cut of meat
- Baby potatoes and carrots in large chunks if you like
- Chicken broth
- Garlic powder and some onion powder
- Salt and pepper
- 1 packet beef or pork Gravy mix
I hardly ever recommend that you use any hours on high, low and slow is the key. Have a meat thermometer handy at the end to ensure it reaches 145 at the thickest part. When it comes to pork you can cook it longer for sure, it just will begin to break down more as time goes on (which may be what you want).
Cooking Frozen Pork Loin
I have a printable card at the bottom with the entire pork loin roast recipe. This one is sliced. We also love pulled pork but you’d need to change things slightly to break it down like that. Best suggestion for it to fall apart like that is to slice it into 4 equal pieces after about 4 hours. Lay in juices so it is easier to shred later.
- Spray the inside of your slow cooker with some nonstick cooking spray, so it’s easier to clean later.
- Place baby potatoes into the bottom of the slow cooker in a single layer if possible.
- Add your broth. Place pork loin, fat side up, on top of the potatoes.
- Mix together your garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper and paprika (or seasonings of your choice).
- Mix well and sprinkle on top of your meat and potatoes.
- Cover and heat for 6 hours on low making sure the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees when done. Timing will depend on the size and thickness of your piece.
- Just before serving, prepare gravy as directed on the back of the packet and warm.
- Pour over the top of your Crockpot pork slices and veggies as you wish and serve.
This method will yield a very moist and tender bite. If you wanted to try another pork loin recipe in air fryer that is totally different. Not in a bad way, just gets a crispy texture on the outside. That one is quite popular as well but needs to be smaller. Tenderloin is usually what I use for that method just because it fits better.
Slow Cooker Pork Loin Frozen
Ok so let’s say you made this and then your kids grabbed dinner on their way home from practice, I feel your pain. You’re like me and hate to waste food, like literally it is my worst pet peeve. You can totally save it and use it to make something else the next night (and they’ll never know the difference). First, wait until it has cooled.
Then wrap it in foil or put it into a freezer bag in the fridge. The next day take it out about 15 minutes before you want to use it and then dice into bite size pieces, what I do. Then I can add it into literally any type of casserole to add protein. Our Instant Pot pork casserole is always a winner, and can be made quick.
You can use this meat instead inside our Crockpot chicken casserole recipe on night 2. It doesn’t take long especially if your meat is precooked already like this one would be. Dicing up potatoes, roasting in an air fryer and then throwing this in the last 3 minutes or so is killer as well. Super healthy way of using it up for sure.