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December 13, 2019

Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Roast (Paleo, Whole30)

This slow cooker, bacon-wrapped pork loin roast recipe is easy to make and packs a ton of flavor. Just place it in the slow cooker and in a few hours, you will have crispy bacon on the outside of a tender, juicy pork loin, served on a bed of soft sweet potatoes. Paleo, and Whole30 too!

sliced bacon wrapped pork loin roast with sweet potatoes on a white plate

WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS SLOW COOKER BACON WRAPPED PORK LOIN RECIPE:

  • No hard-to-find ingredients. You can find everything you need for this recipe at your local grocery store.
  • This recipe is perfect for bacon lovers. Serve it with my maple bacon roasted brussels sprouts.
  • Cooking this bacon wrapped pork loin roast in the crock pot means for an easy and flavorful dinner.
  • The bacon keeps the pork loin roast tender while it’s cooking and flavors the sweet potatoes.
  • Broiling the bacon wrapped pork loin at the end makes for crispy bacon on the outside of a tender, juicy pork loin.

Ingredients:

  • 1.5-2 pound pork loin
  • bacon
  • sweet potatoes
  • onion
  • ghee
  • garlic
Pork loin roast, minced garlic, ramekin of ghee, and slices of bacon on a sheet pan

HOW TO MAKE BACON WRAPPED PORK LOIN ROAST – SLOW COOKER

STEP 1: SELECT QUALITY PORK

Start with selecting a pork loin from your grocery store, online meat deliveries, or even better, from a local farmer. Meat quality is very important in order to make a juicy and tender pork loin, and is the best for you. I recommend finding a organic, pasture-raised pork loin roast that has been humanely raised without antibiotics.

Here are some recommendations on where to get your pork loin roast, and what brands to look out for.

  • Grocery store: Organic Prairie, Niman Ranch, Massa Natural Meats
  • Online: ButcherBox

Unfortunately where I live in Missouri, I don’t have access to pasture-raised, organic pork at the grocery stores. I ordered my pork loin from a local farmer.

sliced bacon wrapped pork loin roast on a white plate with sweet potatoes

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN PORK LOIN AND PORK TENDERLOIN?

The pork loin and pork tenderloin are both cut from different parts of the large loin muscle in the pig.

  • A pork loin (also called pork loin roast) is best cooked over slow-roasting heat, and is a wide and thick piece of meat, usually 2-5 pounds.
  • A pork tenderloin (also called pork fillet) is best cooked quickly over high heat, and is a lean, tender cut of pork. It is a long and narrow piece of meat.

See this link for more info on the difference between pork loin and pork tenderloin.

CAN I USE PORK TENDERLOIN INSTEAD?

I do not recommend using a pork tenderloin for this recipe, as the pork tenderloin is best cooked quickly over high heat, and may dry out if slow cooked.

Pork loin roast covered with garlic on top of slices of bacon on a baking sheet

STEP 2: WRAP PORK IN BACON

Rub all sides of the pork loin with ghee, (or grass-fed butter), and top the pork loin with minced garlic and sea salt. Now its time to wrap this baby with bacon!

Lay bacon slices out next to each other, (slightly overlapping) and wrap the pork loin tightly with the bacon. See below ▼

Tip: Stretch your bacon over the pork loin so that it wraps fully around. You can either roll the pork loin with the bacon until it is wrapped, or place the pork loin in the middle of the bacon strips and wrap both sides of bacon to the middle of the pork loin.

You can use a few toothpicks to secure the bacon to the pork loin if you need to.

Bacon wrapped pork loin roast on a baking sheet

STEP 3: PLACE IN SLOW COOKER

Place the wrapped pork loin roast into the slow cooker on top of the sweet potatoes and onions. And. Your done! Let the slow cooker do the work.

You do not need any other liquids in the slow cooker. By adding bacon to the pork loin, the fat from the bacon will baste the pork while cooking, and will prevent it from drying.

Cook on low in the slow cooker for 3 hours.

After 3 hours, take the pork out and read the internal temperature in the thickest part of the pork. The temperature needs to read a minimum of 150 degrees.

Cook the pork loin to the temperature of your liking. I do not recommend cooking above 160 degrees, as the pork may dry out.

  • Medium-Rare: 145-150 degrees
  • Medium: 150-155 degrees
  • Medium-Well: 155-160 degrees
  • Well: 160 degrees.

If you would like your bacon more crispy, place the pork loin on a baking sheet and broil it in the oven for 2-5 minutes. I recommend putting it in the middle rack of the oven, at least 5 inches away from the top when broiling.

Bacon wrapped pork loin roast on top of sweet potatoes in a black slow cooker

STEP 4: SLICE

Slice the pork loin roast with a sharp knife and serve with sweet potatoes. If you want to stay with the “bacon theme”, you can also serve this with my maple bacon roasted brussels sprouts.

Bacon wrapped pork loin on a white plate with sweet potatoes and a slice of pork loin roast cut with a knife

YOU’LL ALSO LOVE:

Maple Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Enjoy, friends!

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Bacon wrapped pork loin roast on a white plate with sweet potatoes

Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Roast


  • Author: Abbey Blackwell
  • Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

This slow cooker, bacon-wrapped pork loin roast recipe is easy to make and packs a ton of flavor. Just place it in the slow cooker and in a few hours, you will have crispy bacon on the outside of a tender, juicy pork loin, served on a bed of soft sweet potatoes.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1.52 pound pork loin
  • 68 slices of bacon
  • 1 tablespoon ghee, melted
  • 2 tablespoons garlic, finely minced
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 small-medium sweet potatoes, or 1 large sweet potato, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  1. Place cubed sweet potatoes and diced onions into the bottom of the slow cooker.
  2. Spread ghee onto all sides of the pork loin. Next, rub minced garlic all over pork loin.
  3. Lay bacon slices out next to each other, (slightly overlapping) and wrap the pork loin tightly with the bacon.
  4. Place pork loin in the slow cooker on top of the sweet potatoes and onions. Set slow cooker on low, and cook for 3-4 hours or until the thickest part of the pork reads an internal temperature of at least 150 degrees.
  5. To get the bacon extra crispy, broil in the oven for 2-5 minutes, or until bacon is crisp to your liking. Make sure to place it in the middle of the oven, or at least 5 inches away to prevent the bacon from burning. (Optional)
  6. Cut pork into thick slices and cover pork with juice from slow cooker before serving. Garnish with parsley or basil.

Notes

  • Cooking tip: I recommend taking the pork out at 3 hours and checking the temperature. Stick the thermometer into the thickest part of the pork loin. The pork loin should read at least 150 degrees. 
  • The minimum internal temperature recommended is 145 degrees. Cook the pork loin to the temperature of your liking. Medium-Rare: 145-150 degrees, Medium: 150-155 degrees, Medium-Well: 155-160 degrees, and Well: 160 degrees.
  • You can secure the bacon to the pork loin with tooth picks.
  • If you use thick-cut bacon, it will take longer to crisp up.
  • You do not need any other liquids in the slow cooker. By adding bacon to the pork loin, the fat from the bacon will baste the pork while cooking, and will prevent it from drying.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: slow cooker pork loin, bacon wrapped pork loin, pork loin roast

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