Apr 23, 2014

Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin

My husband loves pork...and loves is probably an understatement. I was never a big pork eater before we met so I have experimented with recipes to find a few that we both love. For some reason, pork pairs really well with apple (no secret here). But baking apple slices into a pork tenderloin? Now there is an idea!

Prep Time: 5 minutes (or less)
Cook Time: 3-4 hours
Serves: 4


1.5 pound pork loin
1 apple, sliced
1 yellow onion, sliced
4 tbsp honey
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp cinnamon


Slice slits into pork loin horizontally, about 1 inch apart and about 3/4 of the way through the loin. 
Fill each slit with an apple slice.


Mix honey, Dijon, and cinnamon.
Add pork loin (with apple slices) to slow cooker.
Drizzle honey mixture over pork loin.

Add sliced onion and any remaining apple slices to slow cooker.

Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Cooking on low is critical for the pork loin to retain its moisture and tenderness. There is almost nothing worse than a dry pork dish. If you aren't a big fan of Dijon you can definitely leave it out and just use the honey and cinnamon mixture. If you don't love honey...well, you definitely love honey who am I kidding?

What I love most about this recipe is how simple it is. Keith has evening classes right now so 3-4 hours was the perfect amount of time to leave this cooking and have ready to serve as soon as he gets home.
I can see this being a go-to recipe for years to come.

I'm working on perfecting a brandied cherry pork loin (reminiscent of an option we served at our wedding that our guests rave about 1.5 years later). I can't wait to share once it is perfect!

What are your favorite slow-cooker recipes?

XO, Bev

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