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Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast

Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast is served with Sour Cream Gravy for a tasty low-carb dinner that can cook all day. 

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Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast finished roast on serving plate with sour cream gravy

Even though I’ve been adding photos and re-doing posts on the blog for years now, there are still a few recipes hanging out in the archives without a photo, and when I spotted this Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Sirloin Tip Roast recently, I remembered how good it had been and added pork roast to my shopping list.

This pork roast with interesting flavors would make a perfect low-carb dinner, maybe served with something like Twice-Baked Cauliflower or Pureed Cauliflower with Garlic, Parmesan, and Goat Cheese and a nice green salad. The ingredient that makes this a Bavarian Pork Roast is the use of caraway seeds, and if you’re not sure how much you like that flavor (or you’re cooking for kids), you might want to reduce the amount of this strongly-flavored spice.

Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Sour Cream Gravy found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe, including nutritional information.)

  1. I’d been seeing these inexpensive and very lean pork sirloin tip roasts at Costco and I decided they would be perfect to make Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast. Because this cut is so lean, I knew it would need extra time in the slow cooker to make the meat tender.
  2. I used a mortar and pestle to grind the caraway seeds, dried marjoram, Penzey’s Pork Chop Seasoning (affiliate link), salt, and pepper to make a spice mix to rub on the meat.
  3. Rub the pork roast all over with the spice mix.
  4. Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan and brown the roast on all sides until it’s well-browned. (Don’t rush this step; the browning adds a lot of flavor.)
  5. Deglaze the frying pan with the water, mix in the vinegar and pour over the roast.
  6. Cook on high for 4-5 hours or on low for 8-10 hours. If you’re home I would turn the meat a few times to keep the surface moist. Test the meat with a fork to see if it’s tender before you take it out of the slow cooker.
  7. Remove the roast from the slow cooker, keeping it warm, and strain the liquid into a pan. Simmer 10-15 minutes to reduce and make the flavor stronger.
  8. Then mix the cornstarch with a little water and whisk in sour cream. Whisk this into the barely bubbling liquid and simmer until it’s slightly thickened. (The sauce will be thin because we’re using the tiniest bit of cornstarch here.)
  9. Cut the roast against the grain into slices as thick as you’d like and serve hot, with the sauce drizzled over.
  10. Serve hot, with some of the gravy spooned over the meat!

More Low-Carb Recipes for Pork:

Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms, and Sour Cream
Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze
Pork Roast with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Crockpot Salsa Pork Chops
Grain Free Breaded Pork Chops

Weekend Food Prep:

This recipe has been added to a new category called Weekend Food Prep  to help you find recipes you can prep or cook on the weekend and eat during the week!

Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast

Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast

Yield 6 servings
Prep Time 35 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 35 minutes

Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Sirloin gets extra-tender in the slow cooker and then you serve it with Sour Cream Gravy for a tasty low-carb dish.


  • 2 1/2 pounds pork sirloin tip roast, visible fat trimmed
  • 1-2 tsp. whole caraway seeds (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. dried marjoram
  • 1 tsp. Penzeys Pork Chop Seasoning (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt or Vege-Sal
  • fresh ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 T white wine vinegar
  • 8 oz. sour cream
  • 2 tsp. cornstarch for thickening


  1. Trim all visible fat from the roast.
  2. Put caraway seeds, marjoram, Penzey's Pork Chop Seasoning (affiliate link), salt or Vege-Sal (affiliate link) and pepper into mortar (or small ziploc bag) and pound with pestle (or flat side of meat mallet - affiliate link) until caraway seeds are crushed.
  3. Rub spice mixture all over both sides of meat.
  4. Heat olive oil in nonstick frying pan, add roast and brown very well on all sides. Don’t rush this step; it will take at least 10 minutes to brown the roast thoroughly.
  5. Place roast in crockpot, then deglaze pan with the water, scraping all brown bits from bottom of the frying pan.
  6. Add vinegar to water and pour over roast.
  7. Cook roast in crock pot 4-5 hours on high or all day (8-10 hours) on low. If you’re home, turn the roast a few times so the surface stays moist.
  8. When it pierces easily with a fork, remove roast from slow cooker and keep warm.
  9. Strain liquid from the slow cooker into a small saucepan, bring to a low simmer, and cook 10-15 minutes to reduce and intensify the flavors.
  10. Turn heat to very low.
  11. Mix the cornstarch and water with the sour cream, whisk into the liquid and cook until gravy is slightly thickened and starting to bubble. (Gravy will be thin.)
  12. Slice meat and pour gravy over.


You can also use 1/2-1 tsp. ground caraway; this is a strong flavor so use less or omit if you're not sure how much you like caraway. Pork Chop Seasoning is optional, but recommended; pork chop seasoning has salt, hickory smoke, garlic, onion, white pepper and ginger if you want to make your own.

I used a Crock-Pot 2.5-Quart Slow Cooker, but use the smallest size you can that will hold the pork roast.

Recipe adapted slightly from Better Homes and Gardens.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 399Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 182mgSodium: 352mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 60g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach DietSuggestions:
I reduced the amount of cornstarch in this Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Sirloin Tip Roast so the amount per serving is very minimal, but if you want to skip the cornstarch and have the gravy be thinner, that would make the recipe even lower in carbs. Personally I would eat this for any phase of the original South Beach Diet or for a low-carb eating plan as well. South Beach would recommend low-fat sour cream, other low-carb plans would prefer full-fat sour cream.

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    19 Comments on “Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Roast”

  1. I have some of penzeys Bavarian seasoning. Could I replace the caraway with that?

  2. This looks amazing. Could it be made faster in an instant pot or is this truly a slow cooker meal?

    • I’m not sure how it would work in the Instant Pot. I’m guessing it might work but I haven’t tried it that way so I wouldn’t be able to tell you the timing for it.

  3. This looks amazing! I have to try this soon. Do you think it would work with a pork tenderloin? Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.

    • Sorry I am slow to reply today, busy testing recipes. I think pork tenderloin will work. The cooking time might be slightly less. Glad you are enjoying the recipes!

  4. The roast was flavorful and the gravy was amazing.  Definitely will make this again.

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  6. Megan, I don't recommend fat free sour cream because it usually has added sugar, but if it worked for you that's great.

  7. Made this tonight and loved it! Why does it say do not use fat free? I accidentally bought that. Wonder if it changes results?

  8. Shirley, indeed it is!

  9. Oh, yum, Kalyn! I love pork dishes made in the slow cooker. I also love that this dish is naturally gluten free. Thank you! 🙂


  10. Thanks Becca. Jake and I loved it. Not sure how the kids would like the caraway seed though. Maybe switch for thyme for them?

  11. Looks and sounds fantastic! Yummy!

  12. Franco, when you cook in a crockpot you will have more liquid when you're done, not less. If that didn't happen then your crockpot lid must not be sealing properly. Sorry it did not work for you, but in a properly working crockpot 1/2 cup of liquid should have been plenty.

  13. How is 1/2 cup of water supposed to survive 4 hours on high? I made this and the thing was dry as a bone by hour 1. Need more water to add to the crock pot!