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)!

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with thyme on a wooden board

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).

left image is sauce and spices in a clear bowl and right image is crockpot pork tenderloin in a Crock-Pot with sauce

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!

slices of Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with sauce in a crock pot

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!

slices of Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin on a wooden board
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Crock Pot Pork tenderloin

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


  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 2 cups bbq sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt


  • Add pork tenderloin to a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Combine bbq sauce, mustard, chili powder, and kosher salt (and any other spices you'd like, see notes).
  • Pour bbq sauce mixture over the pork tenderloin and add the lid to the slow cooker.
  • Cook on high for 2- 2 ½ hours or low for 4 hours, until the pork tenderloin reaches 145°F.
  • Remove from the slow cooker and rest 10 minutes. Slice and serve with sauce.


Optional spices:
  • ½ teaspoon oregano (adds an herbal note)
  • ¼ teaspoon cumin (adds a nutty flavor)
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika (adds a smoky flavor)
  • ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder or a pinch of cayenne (adds some heat/spice)
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 527 | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 1945mg | Potassium: 1252mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 48g | Vitamin A: 888IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 4mg

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

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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  1. Wow! Talk about melt in your mouth tender. I chose to do mine in a brown grave mix with thin sliced vadialia onions so we can have it with mashed potatoes. A little cornstarch slurry at the end to thicken and a T of worchestershire sauce. It’s a perfect meal with a green vegetable
    Thank you!5 stars

  2. Loved this recipe and can’t wait to make it again. I didn’t have spicy brown mustard so used grainy mustard instead and added the optional smoked paprika. It turned out amazing!5 stars

    1. Thanks, Lynne-Marie! I love crockpot meals too, they make dinner time run much smoother over here!

  3. I have a larger 2 1/2 pound pork tenderloin and I want to leave it to cook while I’m out for most of the day. How long can it cook on low before it dries out? Have an older crockpot.

    1. Hi Ann, we cook our 2 lb pork tenderloin on low for 4 hours, until the pork tenderloin reaches 145°F. I am not sure how long it will take before the pork is dried out, but if your crockpot has the option I would set it keep warm once cooked. I hope that helps!

  4. Completed the base recipe. Low for 3.5 hours. Temp was 187-190. Should have checked the temp sooner but trusted the directions. Good flavor, but really dry. I will do this again, and keep a more weather eye on the temperature progression.4 stars

  5. Can’t wait to try this. I have a big family and need to cook two tenderloins. How would I adjust the cook time to accommodate 4 1/2 – 5 lbs?

    1. Hi Jen, that will probably need close to double the time (4-5hrs). I would check it towards the end to make sure it reaches 145°F internal temperature to avoid overcooking it.

  6. Made this tonight with Kraft Honey BBQ and the optional spices.
    Everyone loved it and this recipe is a keeper.
    I actually tried the pork with some sauce on a soft taco.
    Next time some slaw on top will be delish.5 stars

  7. This is now my go to easy and reliably delicious pork tenderloin recipe. All 3 of my kids love it, which is a rare accomplishment.5 stars

  8. I have tried this recipe twice and it’s easy to prepare a yummy meal when I am short on time!
    I have added minced garlic and minced onions–last time I used a very sweet BBQ sauce-today I am using a bourbon bbq sauce–this one has a more smoky flavor–thanks for an easy prep slow cooker recipe5 stars

  9. Hi Holly .. what types of BBQ sauces would you recommend to use .. want to make this sooner than later !!

    1. I tend to use Sweet Baby Rays for the best flavor and price, but any will work just fine! Enjoy Randy!

  10. I made this today and added all the optional spices. Absolutely delicious! Cooked on low for 4 1/2 hours. Thanks for this great recipe!5 stars

    1. It will slightly change the flavor, but will still be delicious if you use yellow mustard. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out Christine!

  11. You gave nutritional information on the Crockpot Pork Tenderloin which was nice to know but what serving size was it pertaining to. If you could provide that would be good also. Thank you!

  12. Like other commenters, I found that the cook time was too long. Still, I really enjoyed this dinner. It’s the easiest thing ever, so I will for sure come back to it. I made it even easier by just “eyeballing” the measurements and dumping everything straight over the pork instead of mixing it first. Wanted to save myself some dishes. Recommended!

    I threw a whole large sweet potato and a quartered apple in the crock pot, too. Delicious additions. After cooking, I served the sweet potato with butter and hot honey. The sweet potato needed to cook longer than the pork, though. I’d give the sweet potato 6 hours and the pork 2.5. Next time, I’ll just start the sweet potato first and then throw the rest in after 3.5 hours.

    Thanks for the recipe inspiration. Never made a pork tenderloin before!

    1. Hi Shari, you can find the full recipe including the amounts of ingredients by scrolling towards the bottom or hit the “jump to recipe” button in the recipe title header. I hope this helps!

  13. Made my own BBQ sauce cuz I had none (amazing NYT recipe). Followed recipe to a T. Cooked on Low. At 2h45m checked the temp of the meat. 185 degrees. What? Needless to say, cooking times are way off on this recipe so my meat was dry!!! Again, cooked on LOW. Can’t imagine if I let it cook for the 4 hours as noted in recipe. Shredded the pork and let it soak in the sauce until the rest of the dinner was ready. Hubby made a pulled pork sandwich. Loved the flavor of the sauce. Will definitely make again but will check meat starting at 1.5 hours to make sure it doesn’t over cook. Thanks for another flavorful dish. This is going into my recipe rotation with cooking time modifications.4 stars

    1. Do you have a newer crock pot? I have read quite a bit about newer crock pots cooking food much faster (the low and high temp settings are higher in newer models). I have a newer crock pot and my food cooks in 2/3 to 1/2 time of recipe instructions from a variety of websites and authors. Or maybe you have an older crock pot and my comment does not apply :)