Slightly sweet and spicy Slow Cooker Balsamic Pork Tenderloin cooks all day for a melt-in-your-mouth protein. Paired with your favorite veggies, this pork makes an easy and delicious meal. Makes 4-6 servings.
Slow cooker meals have become a staple in our house recently.
While I’ve owned a slow cooker for years and years, it’s been getting a work out because it makes my life so much easier.
All I’ve got to do is remember to have meat thawed in the morning and to throw everything together before letting is cook low and slow all day.
Then come the evening, I put together a side dish of some sort—whether it’s steaming fresh veggies, boiling something frozen or even opening a can—and serving it on one plate for the whole fam.
And when you’ve got a protein like this Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin, you don’t need much extra to have a delicious and super simple meal on your hands.
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What you’ll need to make Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
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How to make a Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
In the bowl of your slow cooker, combine the chicken stock, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey and Sriracha sauce. Using a whisk or a wooden spoon, stir those ingredients together until smooth.
Place the pork tenderloin on top of the mixture.
Chop the onion and garlic, and throw those into the slow cooker, too.
Cover and cook on the low setting for 7(ish) hours. (If you’re cooking on the high setting, it’ll require 3-4 hours instead. Also, if you’re using the Instant Pot, make sure that it’s at the highest setting for slow cooking, as the temperatures do not translate between a traditional slow cooker and the Instant Pot.)
When fall-apart tender, remove the pork from the slow cooker.
Serve warm with the additional juices from the pan, and enjoy with your favorite sides.
Erin’s Easy Entertaining Tips and Tricks
Slow cooker meals are fantastic for weeknight entertaining because they take the heavy lifting off you completely.
Much like an easy dinner, this slow cooker pork tenderloin is perfect to share with friends.
Here are some of my suggestions for making this goodness to share:
- Double or triple the recipe.
- If you’re rushed for time in the morning, whisk together the sauce ingredients and store them in the fridge the night before. Throw those with the pork tenderloin, onion and garlic into the slow cooker in the morning.
- Prepare a make-ahead side dish, like Mashed Potato Casserole or Spinach Madeline, so that the only thing you have to do before friends arrive is pop that into the oven to heat.
Frequently Asked Questions
Oh no! I forgot to defrost my meat. Can I still make this slow cooker pork with frozen meat?
Yes, you can, but expect to cook it for 1-2 hours longer for the meat to be as tender as possible.
Can you use a different cut of meat?
Yes! We’ve made this recipe with a pork loin, too, instead of the tenderloin, and it works beautifully.
You could also use a pork shoulder or butt, though that will require a longer cook time.
Can I cook it on high for a shorter amount of time?
Yes. If you cook this pork tenderloin on the high in your slow cooker, expect to cook it 3-4 hours instead of the 7(ish) as stated for the low setting.
Can I cook this in the slow cooker setting on my Instant Pot?
Yes, you can. However, keep in mind that the Instant Pot slow cooker setting is different than that of classic slow cookers.
Make sure that you have your Instant Pot on the highest slow cooker setting because the temperatures differ. Also make sure you’re using a slow cooker lid on the Instant Pot instead of the traditional lid, as the meat will be more tender.
How long will this meat last in the fridge?
Ours has kept for 4-5 days before when stored in glass food storage containers. Normally, it doesn’t last that long.
What can I pair with this slow cooker pork tenderloin for an awesome meal?
- Cheesy Cauliflower
- Herbed Couscous
- Roasted Green Beans
- Wheat Berry Salad
- Wild Rice Salad with Dried Fruit and Toasted Almonds
Here’s how I made it and how you can make it at home, too:
Slightly sweet and spicy pork tenderloin, cooked on low in the slow cooker all day for a fall apart, melt-in-your-mouth entree.
- 1 ¼ lb. pork tenderloin
- ½ cup chicken stock
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ½ tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 small onion, chopped
- In the bowl of your slow cooker, combine the chicken stock, balsamic vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, honey and Sriracha sauce. Whisk together until smooth.
- Add the pork tenderloin in the mixture, then top with the onion and garlic.
- Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 7.5 hours.
- Remove the tenderloin from the slow cooker, and serve warm, topping with additional juices.
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Serving Size:1 serving
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 282Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 441mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 38g
Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate.
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