Alton Brown says you should brown the loin on all four sides, so we did.
4 pound pork loin
1 package of dried onion soup mix
1.5 T. minced garlic
1.5 T. whole caraway seeds
1.5 cups of water
salt and pepper
vegetable cooking oil
We pulled out one of our monster big cast-iron frying pans, set it on the stove, set on medium-high heat and waited until we could smell it cooking all by itself.
Then we put 2 T. regular vegetable cooking oil in the pan.
We covered the pork loin with salt and pepper, then put it in the pan.
Don't move the loin at all for 3 minutes. Rotate a quarter turn. Give it another 3 minutes. Repeat until all four sides are golden brown.
Put the roast in the crockpot. Add the water, spices and soup mix. Set for 3 hours on high.
The lowest temperature reading at the end was 160 degrees F. The highest was 185. That means that the roast is absolutely perfect now and will need a delicate touch for reheating without drying it out.
Really, not bad for a first try!