This slow cooker pork tenderloin is one of the most delicious yet easy dishes I make. You put the ingredients in the pot, turn it on, and let it do the work for you.
Easy Family Dinner Main Dish
It basically cooks itself. That’s one of the main things I enjoy about my slow cooker, which is why I use it a lot.
You can either put everything together first thing in the morning or make a bunch of freezer meals to put in the slow cooker later.
Regardless of how you prepare any crockpot dinner, the flavors come together in a blend of deliciousness.
Also, there’s nothing better than coming home to the aroma of dinner at the end of a long day.
It’s nice that all you have to do now is get the sides ready since the meat is done.
Another option is to add vegetables to the roast and let them absorb some of the flavors.
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Ingredients
You only need a few ingredients, besides the pork tenderloin. I added onion, minced garlic, barbecue sauce, salt, and pepper.
Sometimes I add either Tabasco or sriracha sauce. But the barbecue sauce I used had all the spice I wanted.
If you want to add vegetables, some good ones are carrots, green beans, onions, corn, and potatoes. You can actually add whatever you want.
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by clicking on the “print” button.
How to Make a Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
First, I always spray the interior of my slow cooker pot with nonstick spray. That saves a ton of cleanup time.
Second, place the pork tenderloin in the center of the pot. This one was a little bit long, so I curled it around on one end.
Next, sprinkle salt and pepper over the pork. If you’re cutting back on sodium, you can skip the salt.
However, the black pepper gives it a little kick that adds flavor. Or you can use cayenne pepper if everyone can handle the heat.
Then, spoon the minced garlic over the tenderloin. Do your best to distribute it evenly, but it doesn’t have to be perfect.
You can use fresh garlic cloves. This time, I used minced garlic in a jar.
In fact, I find myself using that more and more. It tastes good, and it does a great job of adding flavor.
I’m a big believer of saving as much time as possible.
Sprinkle the onions over the pork. I used frozen onions.
But when I chop a fresh onion, I like them diced really small. You can cut them as small as you want.
Next, pour the barbecue sauce over the pork. Be careful not to knock off the onions and garlic.
Finally, pour the small amount of broth on each side of the pork tenderloin. This helps to keep it from drying out while it’s cooking.
I used chicken broth, but you can use whatever kind of broth you have on hand. You can also make broth by mixing a bouillon cube or crystals with water.
Turn the heat to low and cook for 6 hours. After it’s done, carefully remove the tenderloin from the slow cooker pot and put it on a plate.
Let it rest for about 15 minutes before you slice it. If it falls apart while you’re removing it, that’s fine. It still tastes wonderful.
An Instant Pot pork tenderloin recipe is basically the same. However, you’ll need to add another cup of broth and cut the cooking time to 10 minutes.
You’ll need to do a slow release for 5 minutes, but it’s a very quick process.
Instead of bread, try these corn fritters from the Back to My Southern Roots blog. They’ll add another level of wow to your meal.
For dessert, try this 2-ingredient cherry chocolate cake. You’ll be amazed by how easy it is to make, yet it’s so delicious!
- One 2-pound pork tenderloin
- 1/2 cup of diced onion
- 1 teaspoon of minced garlic
- 6 ounces of your favorite barbecue sauce
- 1/2 cup of chicken broth
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 teaspoons of hot sauce (optional)
- Spray the inside of your slow cooker pot with nonstick cooking spray to make cleanup easier.
- Place the pork in the slow cooker.
- Sprinkle the salt and pepper over your pork tenderloin.
- Carefully spoon the minced garlic and diced onions on top of it.
- Drizzle the barbecue sauce over the tenderloin.
- Pour the chicken broth around the tenderloin.
- Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 hours.
- Slice or shred the pork to serve it.
Cooking pork in your slow cooker will make it fork tender, so it might fall apart when you try to lift it. If you want it intact, remove it with a couple of wide spatulas or spoons and carefully let it rest on a plate before you try to slice it.
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Amount Per Serving Calories 280Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 110mgSodium 469mgCarbohydrates 14gFiber 1gSugar 10gProtein 40g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.