Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin


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Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin is tender and juicy and very easy to make!  This slow cooker pork tenderloin has a combination of spices added to barbecue sauce and requires very little prep.

It’s one of those easy, no muss, no fuss recipes that everyone loves and it’s great served over homemade mashed potatoes or baked rice (or even brown rice)!

Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board, garnished with thyme. WIth a crockpot in the background.

Pork Tenderloin vs. Pork Loin

Pork loin and pork tenderloin are two different cuts of meat and cannot be used interchangeably so be sure you’re using pork tenderloin for this recipe.

Both cuts are lean and and I most often make roast pork tenderloin as it doesn’t take all that long. I love this recipe when I’m going to be out of the house, the perfect meal to come home to.

  • Pork Tenderloin is thin and about 1 foot long. Each tenderloin will weigh about 1lb.
  • Pork Loin is thicker and looks more like a roast with a fat cap on the top. It will weigh closer to 3-4 lbs. (Pork loin recipe here).

Two images showing pork tenderloin in the crockpot and the bbq sauce ingredients (before mixing)

How to Make Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

When I said easy, I meant easy! There are only two steps for this recipe.

  1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together.
  2. Pour it over the tenderloin and walk away! To save a dish, you could even whisk the ingredients right in the Crock Pot, then add the pork and roll it in the sauce!

Oh, wait. Don’t forget to turn your Crock Pot on! Seriously, that’s really all there is to it.

NOTE: Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat and can dry out if overcooked. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer and remove from the slow cooker at 145°F. Rest 10 minutes before cutting.

How Long Does Pork Tenderloin Take in the Crock Pot?

Depending on the size, cooked on the “high” setting it should take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, start to finish. You will want to test the internal temperature to make sure it is at least 145°F. This pork tenderloin is fall-apart tender and juicy from cooking in the juices from the sauce! Yum!

Overview of pork tenderloin cooked in the crockpot with a bbq sauce mixture, garnished with thyme.

What to Serve with Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

Pork always tastes great with sweet potatoes but on a weeknight, it’s great over a crusty bun with a quick and easy kale salad on the side.

With the spices in this recipe, my all-time favorite is to have it with a side of Mexican corn and delicious potato packets.

What To Do With Leftovers

Now here’s a problem you won’t mind having…if you even have any leftovers!

  • In the Fridge: When stored in an airtight container or zippered bag, it can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • In the Freezer: Just like in the fridge, store in an airtight container or freezer bag! It can be frozen for up to three months.
  • To Thaw: Defrost in the fridge, and reheat slowly on the stovetop, or in the microwave in 80-second intervals.

Recooked meat gets tough, so be careful not to cook it again during the heating process… but definitely do get it piping hot!

Crock Pot Pork tenderloin

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Slow cooker pork tenderloin has a surprise combination of spices including barbecue sauce mixed with our favorite spices and cooked until tender.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 2 cups bbq sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

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Instructions

  1. Add pork tenderloin to a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Combine bbq sauce, mustard, chili powder, and kosher salt (and any other spices you'd like, see notes).

  3. Pour bbq sauce mixture over the pork tenderloin and add the lid to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on high for 2- 2 1/2 hours or low for 4 hours, until the pork tenderloin reaches 145°F.

  5. Remove from the slow cooker and rest 10 minutes. Slice and serve with sauce.

Recipe Notes

Optional spices:
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano (adds an herbal note)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin (adds a nutty flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika (adds a smoky flavor)
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle powder or a pinch of cayenne (adds some heat/spice)
Nutrition Information
Calories: 527, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 147mg, Sodium: 1945mg, Potassium: 1252mg, Carbohydrates: 60g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 48g, Protein: 48g, Vitamin A: 888%, Vitamin C: 1%, Calcium: 68%, Iron: 4%

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin, slow cooker pork tenderloin

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Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board, garnished with thyme.
Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board, garnished with thyme.
Top photo - Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board, garnished with thyme. Bottom photo - sauced tenderloin in a slow cooker, prior to cooking.

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