Easy Hawaiian Pork Loin in a Slow Cooker

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hawaiian pork loin recipe

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Ever feel like you need a tropical getaway but your bank account says otherwise? Yeah, me too. So here’s a little workaround: Hawaiian style pork loin – it’s like a vacation on a plate. No need to pack your bags, just your appetite!

I’ve never been to Hawaii, but why should that stop the luau vibes? Let’s talk slow-roasted pork loin, tenderized for a full six hours in a vibrant pineapple and ginger marinade that will have you questioning whether a plane ticket is necessary. Honestly, I was surprised at the reminiscence of juicy island eats with every bite of this pork loin. It’s bursting with flavors that scream ‘aloha’ with a side of ‘mahalo’ for such easy cooking.

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Here’s What You Need

  • Pork loin: The star of the show, providing a lean, mild-flavored meat canvas.
  • Pineapple juice: Adds tropical acidity and helps tenderize the pork.
  • Ginger: Offers a spicy, sharp bite and aromatic heat to the marinade.
  • Onion: Gives a sweet, savory depth to the pork’s cooking environment.
  • Red pepper flakes: Brings a fiery kick to balance the sweet elements.
  • Salt & pepper: The essential duo for seasoning and enhancing overall flavor.
  • Fresh parsley: A bright, herbal garnish to finish the dish with color and freshness.

Let’s Cook!

You’ll want to start by creating your marinade. This isn’t just any marinade; it’s a one-way ticket to flavor town. So, in a bowl, whisk together that golden pineapple juice, minced ginger (get those pieces nice and tiny for maximum flavor explosion), and a daring amount of red pepper flakes for that spicy kick. Don’t forget to season with our trusty pals, salt and pepper. Taste it and imagine you’re on a beach – adjust if needed.

Now, grab your slow cooker. First, lay down a bed of chopped onions like you’re tucking it in for a long, flavorsome nap. Next, place your pork loin right on top of the onions. Why, you ask? Because we want every inch of that pork absorbing some serious oniony goodness. Pour the marinade over the pork like it’s getting the best tropical shower ever, set your cooker to low, and let it go for six heavenly hours. Or blast it on high for three hours if you’re running a tight ship today.

Once the time’s up, take a breather and let that loin rest. We’re talking ten precious minutes of patience for a lifetime of ‘yum.’ And when it’s time to serve, slice that beauty and lay it over a throne of rice. Spoon those juicy, cooked onions and the sweet, sweet leftover sauce on top. Don’t be shy; let that sauce rain down! And finally, garnish with fresh parsley. You’re not just making food; you’re making art.

Tips for Perfecting Hawaiian Style Pork Loin

  • Balancing Flavors: Use high-quality pineapple juice for a more pronounced tropical flavor.
  • Tenderizing with Ginger: Fresh ginger not only adds a kick but also contains enzymes that help tenderize the pork.
  • Managing Heat: Adjust red pepper flakes according to your heat preference. The slow cook time will intensify the spice level.
  • Cooking Time Flexibility: If using the high setting, keep a closer eye on the loin to prevent overcooking.
  • Resting the Meat: Always rest the pork loin after cooking to keep it juicy. Skip this, and you’re essentially letting all the good stuff run onto your cutting board, not your mouth.
  • Garnishing with Parsley: Don’t underestimate the power of a good garnish. Parsley isn’t just a pretty face; it’s a fresh contrast to the rich, spicy pork.

Alright, Hungry People, we’ve just brought a slice of the tropics right to our table with the hawaiian style pork loin. No jet lag, no travel expenses, just pure, unadulterated island bliss via our trusty slow cooker. Let’s be real, there’s something magical about food’s ability to transport us to places we’ve dreamed of while we’re still in our pajamas.

And if you’re like me and find joy in meat that’s so tender it practically melts in your mouth, this recipe is a keeper.

Keep this one in your culinary back pocket for those days when you’re craving a little aloha in your life, and who knows, it might just tide you over until you get to those sandy Hawaiian beaches. Until then, we’ll be here, pulling island flavors out of our kitchens like culinary magicians. Enjoy!

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Hawaiian Style Pork Loin for a Home Luau

The Starving Chef
Experience the islands at home with this slow-cooked pork loin drenched in a sweet and spicy Hawaiian-inspired marinade.
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Rest Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Slow Cooker
Servings 8



  • In a small bowl, whisk together the pineapple juice, minced ginger, and red pepper flakes. Season the mixture with salt and pepper according to your taste preferences.
  • Place the chopped onion at the bottom of the slow cooker to create a flavorful bed for the pork loin.
  • Rest the pork loin on top of the onions and pour the pineapple juice marinade over the pork. Set the slow cooker to low and allow the pork loin to cook for six hours, or if you're pressed for time, set it to high for three hours.
  • After the cooking time has elapsed, let the pork loin rest for approximately ten minutes before serving. This rest period is crucial for the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, ensuring it remains succulent.
  • Slice the pork loin and serve it on a bed of rice, spooning the remaining sauce and cooked onions over the slices. Garnish with fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness.
Keyword pineapple, pork, slow cooker
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