Working on Christmas? Ask Santa for a Crock Pot!

Cranberry Pork RoastWorking on Christmas, but still want to come home to a festive dinner?  Slow-cooker to the rescue!  Your crock pot works hard, so you don’t have to.  A pork roast is ideal in the crock pot and will be moist and flavorful. 

This is the recipe I am using for Christmas Eve.  I like to go to Christmas Eve church services, and I don’t want to rush home to take something out of the oven.  The slow-cooker gives you lots of timing flexibility.

 Cranberry Pork Roast (Slow Cooker)

  • Boneless Pork Loin Roast  (Approximately 2 lbs, can be more or less)
  • 1 package onion soup mix
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup red wine
  • ¼ cup pomegranate or cranberry juice (If you don’t have this just add more wine)
  • 3 Tablespoons soy sauce (I use the low sodium kind)
  • 3 Tablespoons minced garlic  (Optional or more/less depending on your taste)
  • ¾ cup dried cranberries
  • Pinch of black pepper


Place pork roast in slow cooker.  Add in all ingredients except garlic.  Turn roast to coat.  Cover top of roast with minced garlic and pinch of black pepper. (You may want to omit this step if you’re going in later to work the night shift!)  Cook on low for 8 hours.  Serve with au jus.  (You can also make a more intense sauce by reducing the juices left in the slow cooker after cooking.  To do this, place the juices in a saucepan, add another splash of wine, and cook over medium-high heat until juices have reduced by half.  Finish by swirling in a Tablespoon of butter.)   You will notice in the picture that I have also added some quartered red potatoes and baby carrots!


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One response to “Working on Christmas? Ask Santa for a Crock Pot!

  1. Note: I served this dish tonight without reducing the juices, and it was quite flavorful just as it was. I used POM pomegranate juice, and it really added flavor and a slight sweetness.

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