There is something about fall that makes me crave a sweet and tender pork loin. Before keto, my family loved pork and apples in the fall. We don’t eat apples anymore but I wanted to capture some of those autumnal flavors in this keto crockpot pork loin recipe.
pork loin vs pork tenderloin
Pork is one of my favorite meats to buy for my ketogenic lifestyle.
It’s not as expensive as beef and it’s more flavorful than chicken. Cuts like this pork loin are often on sale, too!
And because pork is so lean, it doesn’t take very long to cook (unless we’re talking about bbq).
Have you tried my Instant Pot Pulled Pork?
Most people are familiar with pork chops but there can sometimes be confusion over pork loin and pork tenderloin.
Is there really a difference and are they interchangeable in recipes?
Yes and no!
The tenderloin is a long and lean cut of the meat. They have very little fat (i.e. tender) and are typically higher in price.
You use pork tenderloin in recipes for things such as pork medallions, like in this this recipe.
Alternatively, the pork loin is a fattier cut of the pig that is best for roasting and slow cooking, like we’re doing in this keto crockpot pork recipe.
Pork loin is typically less expensive than a tenderloin as well.
It also takes a bit longer to cook than the tenderloin to yield a juicy and tender bite.
keto crockpot pork loin
I love using the pork loin in keto recipes because of the healthy fat that is rendered from the meat.
It’s just enough fat to keep the dish lean but flavorful, perfect for a keto pork loin recipe!
Because we’re focusing on easy back-to-school keto recipes this month, I used my crockpot to make this keto pork loin recipe.
However, y’all know I’m a big fan of my Instant Pot (I did write a cookbook for it) so you can easily make this keto crockpot pork loin in your pressure cooker! I’ll give you instructions for both down in the recipe card below.
a sweet and tangy dairy free pork loin recipe
You don’t need many ingredients to make this keto pork loin.
And, if you’re dairy intolerant (or choose not to eat dairy) then you’ll love this recipe too because it is a dairy free keto pork recipe!
The sweet part of this recipe comes from the sugar free maple syrup and brown sugar substitute.
I always, and I truly mean always, use ChocZero syrups for all of my sugar free cooking and baking needs. Their maple syrup is as fantastic on pork as it is pancakes!
And, it’s made with the best ingredients…something I can’t say about the sugar free options at the grocery store. They only have 1g net carbs per tablespoon!
(PS, while I am a brand ambassador for ChocZero, they didn’t sponsor this post. I just truly looooove their syrups)
The tang in this recipe comes from apple cider vinegar and dijon mustard.
The combination of these ingredients yield the sweetest and tangiest juicy pork loin!
complete your keto pork loin dinner
This low carb pork loin recipe pairs well with any of your favorite low carb vegetable dishes.
Personally, I love my brown sugar and bacon brussel sprouts to compliment the sweetness of the pork.
Or you could go for a classic mashed cauliflower and side of peas. (yes, peas are low carb!)
You can use your leftover pork in a salad the next day, a low carb breakfast burrito, or omelette! It reheats really well!
Easy Keto Crockpot Pork Loin
- Place the pork loin fat side up in the crockpot (or Instant Pot if using).
- Use a basting brush to evenly brush on the dijon mustard on top of the pork loin. Be sure to coat the entire top.
- Sprinkle the salt, brown sugar, nutmeg, and pepper on top of the pork loin. If some falls into the pot, that is okay.
- Drizzle the sugar free maple syrup on top.
- Add the water and apple vinegar to the pot, but not directly on top of the pork loin.
- Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
- If using an Instant Pot, cook on high pressure for 45 minutes and quick release the steam.
- Shred the finished meat with two forks. Use a spoon to dress the finished meat with the reserved pan juices. Garnish with fresh parsely, if desired.