Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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5 from 4 reviews

Beef Main Dishes Recipes Slow Cooker

Cook time Cook time: 4 hours

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin is seared with a spice rub then simmered long and slow in a garlicky, balsamic glaze sweetened with a bit of molasses. It’s one of the juiciest, most flavorful way to cook this cut. Ideal for those lazy days when you want a hearty dinner without a lot of work! 

Just because you’re busy doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a homecooked meal. Try my Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes, Slow Cooker Swiss Steak, and the Ultimate Slow Cooker Beef Stew. They taste impressive, but no one will guess how easy they are to make!

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin is a dish I’ll never get tired of. For one, it’s easy. The only extra step is searing the meat. It’s worth it! Trust me, you want that delicious spice rub getting into every inch of this cut. 

Next, it tastes phenomenal. You have that spice rub which creates an amazing crust that seals in all the flavors. Then you’ve got that balsamic glaze infused with garlic, herbs, molasses, herbs, and a splash of soy sauce.

The slow cooking infuses the entire cut with all that balsamic goodness. The result is ultra-tender meat with a savory-sweet sauce you’ll want to lick off the spoon!

Pork tenderloin vs loin?

They have very similar names, but these two cuts are completely different. Be careful not to confuse one with the other, because the wrong cut will not work with some recipes.

Tenderloin is a long and narrow cut. It’s tender and lean, boneless, and fantastic for grilling because it cooks fast.

The loin is also a tender cut, but it’s larger and a bit tougher so it’ll need more cooking time. It also tends to be cheaper. You can get it with or without the bone.

If you bought pork loin instead, use my Crock Pot Balsamic Loin Recipe instead. Only have an oven in your kitchen? Enjoy similar flavors in this oven-baked version!

How to make Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin?

Sear the meat.

  1. Gather your rub ingredients and combine well. 
  2. Pat the meat as dry as possible so the rub sticks into it.
  3. Massage the rub all over the meat.
  4. Lock in those flavors by searing in a bit of olive oil until golden with a bit of crust.

Cook low and slow.

  1. Gather your sauce ingredients. Add to the pot after mixing.
  2. Place the meat inside and brush with the sauce.
  3. Add rosemary.
  4. Turn on the crockpot and cook.
  5. It’s done when the internal temp reaches 145F.

Serve.

  1. Remove pork and rest on a cutting board.
  2. Slice, garnish with herbs and serve with your preferred side.

How long to cook pork tenderloin in the crockpot?

In my recipe, it’s 3 hours (High) and 4-5 hours (Low). However, it ultimately depends on your crockpot.

Know your crockpot – how well does it heat? Do you usually shorten or lengthen recommended cook times?

What doneness do you prefer? I encourage you to tweak the indicated time in this recipe according to how your crockpot works. You may also check at 1-hour intervals to make sure the meat doesn’t overcook.

Can you overcook pork tenderloin in a crockpot?

Yes! You don’t have to pay so much attention to your crockpot, but it’s good practice to check it once or twice during cooking.

This cut is already tender, which means it’s easy to overcook. Instead of moist and juicy meat, you might end up with dry and stringy fibers. The key is to check the internal temp. Once it’s at 145F, it’s ready.

What to serve with Crockpot pork tenderloin?

Pair it with roasted vegetables like cauliflower, carrots, or baby red potatoes. Brown rice is a nice accompaniment too. If you’re doing Keto or low-carb, try cauliflower rice.

How to store it?

Cool completely, then store in an airtight container. If there are still any sauce left, add it in there. Keep in the fridge for three days or frozen up to a month.

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Recipe Tips:

  • Trim off the tough silver skin.
  • Don’t like balsamic vinegar? Use barbecue sauce instead.
  • Use whatever broth you have on hand – beef, chicken, or vegetable. 
  • Cook vegetables like carrots and potatoes with the meat for a complete meal.

crock pot pork tenderloin

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin is seared with a spice rub then simmered long and slow in a garlicky, balsamic glaze sweetened with a bit of molasses.
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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 312kcal
Author: Catalina Castravet

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Fresh rosemary (optional)

RUB:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

SAUCE:

  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 6 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

Instructions

  • Pat dry pork tenderloins with paper towels.
  • Combine in a small bowl the RUB ingredients; whisk to combine.
  • Take the rub and sprinkle it all over the pork. Using your hands rub in into the pork well.
  • Add olive oil to a large skillet and set over medium heat; add pork and sear for a couple of minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  • Combine the sauce ingredients and add the mixture to the slow cooker.
  • Place pork in the slow cooker.
  • Add some fresh rosemary.
  • Cover slow cooker with a lid and cook on LOW for 4 to 5 hours, or on HIGH for 3 hours.
  • Check for doneness by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the meat; pork is done when internal temperature reaches 145˚F.
  • Remove pork from slow cooker and transfer to a cutting board; cover it with foil and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice and serve. Garnish with chopped parsley and some rosemary.

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Nutrition

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 1083mg | Potassium: 730mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 575IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 2mg
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Fatima Torres

I had no idea you could put pork chops into a crock pot. I need to look into one for Christmas.

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Olivia Douglass

This looks amazing! I love crockpot recipes and have a pork tenderloin in the freezer so this is going on my meal plan!

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Heather

As many times as I've made pork tenderloin, I've never made it in a crock pot. I can't believe I've been missing out!

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Brandy Ellen Writes

This looks like a flavorful way to serve up pork tenderloin! I love using my slow cooker for recipes during the fall season, so this is a must-make on my list now!

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Sherry

I don't make pork tenderloin enough. It's one of my favorite cuts of meat.

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Toni Dash

This is so perfect!! It was a huge hit at my house!

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Andy Blackwood

The rub and the sauce are great. However, the cook time is far too long. I cooked it on low for about 2 hours and checked it. It was 175 degrees! When we ate it, it was flavourful, but very dried out. I would reduce the time significantly. It’s tenderloin so it doesn’t really work well slow cooked. Great idea, but experiment with the time.

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Hi Andy, I guess it depends on how thick it is, that's why I always advise checking the temperature of the meat as it cooks.

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