You all know of my love affair with my slow cooker. If I can slow-cook it, I totally do, so I was on board immediately when I saw this pin for apple cinnamon slow cooker pork loin. Mmmmrmrmrmrm.
I joined a “boot camp” at one of my local gyms, and I made this after my very first session, so my arms were like jelly and I was sort of stumbling around all exercise-drunk. (Is that just me?) I was not reading or following directions very carefully, but hey, when you just throw everything in the crockpot, directions don’t matter too much anyways, right?
So I threw the whole pork loin on top of some apples in the crockpot.
And THEN I realized I should have cut it up to put the apples in it first, but who the hell needs a cutting board anyway? And why dirty up another thing? So I cut that bitch in my crockpot. That’s how we do.
Fine, not as pretty as the pin, but hey, it’s me.
Then I threw all the other shit in.
And then I turned on the crockpot and let it go for 7 hours.
I actually thought I was catching a cold because my nose ran all day, but I think it was maybe just the cinnamon smell cooking into the air. It was pretty strong. (Bad thing about working from home and also making slow-cooker meals is that you have to smell them all day and be tempted to eat it all before dinner.)
So, imagine my surprise when the final product was… bland. It wasn’t bad, exactly, it just wasn’t really sweet or tangy or spicy or anything that would make it that interesting.
A resounding “meh” for me on this one, but I might try it again sometime with a cinnamon rub on the pork loin or maybe just adding the cinnamon in halfway through cooking it or something. I dunno. Crockpots sometimes tend to sap all the flavor out of things… But you know me. I probably actually won’t try it again because I am lazy and I move on from failures quickly (she says, as she wallows in every mistake she ever made in her youth…).
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