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Slow cooker apple pork tenderloin is a super-fast meal to fix up with only a handful of simple ingredients. Perfect for busy weeknights and relaxing weekends, apples are tucked into the pork tenderloin, infusing the pork with so much flavor and resulting in a juicy tenderloin slow-cooked to perfection.
Apple is a favorite flavor to combine with pork and this crockpot apple pork tenderloin marries these two flavors so well. This slow cooker dinner recipe infuses the pork with spices, honey, and apple juice to produce an absolutely amazing and moist result with so much flavor.
This pork tenderloin would be lovely to serve for company, but it's also easy enough to throw together for an easy weeknight meal. Make this a complete meal by serving it with a fresh green salad, dinner rolls, or a steamed vegetable.
Cooking the tenderloin slowly in the crockpot will make the pork fall-apart tender. Your whole family will love this moist crockpot pork tenderloin with its delicious blend of spices, honey, and apple flavors
Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin Ingredients
- Pork - pork tenderloin
- Apples - Granny Smith apples
- Onion - medium onion
- Garlic powder
- Ground mustard
This crockpot apple pork loin recipe could be modified for other cuts of pork if you’d like. A pork loin roast or pork chops would both be delicious smothered in apples and spices too! Just note, you’d have to modify the cooking time depending on the cut of meat you use. No matter what, you’ll want to use an instant-read meat thermometer to check for doneness. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F.
You can use whichever type of apple you would like. We like Granny Smith for the tart flavor but Fuji, Pink Lady, or Honeycrisp are all great choices for the variety of apples you pick. If your apples have tough skins, you may want to consider peeling them before slicing them. The apples are going to break down to almost applesauce consistency during cooking.
You can vary the spices and seasonings to your preference. The sweet and savory flavors of the ones in the recipe give the pork a great flavor but you can modify it if you’d like.
How to Make Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin
FIRST STEP: Slice apples and onions into ½-inch slices. Sprinkle the apples and onions along the bottom of a crockpot, reserving some of the apple slices.
SECOND STEP: Use a sharp knife to make slices across the top of the pork tenderloin about ¾-inches apart.
THIRD STEP: Settle the tenderloin into the bed of apples and onions. Place a piece of apple into each slice in the tenderloin.
FOURTH STEP: Stir together the cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, ground mustard, and honey to make a paste.
FIFTH STEP: Spread the paste over the top of the tenderloin.
SIXTH STEP: Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high, or 7 to 8 hours on low.
Can I bake this easy pork tenderloin in the oven?
You could make this slow cooker pork tenderloin and apples in the oven, adjusting the cooking time to account for the different cooking methods. Use a meat thermometer to keep an eye on the doneness of the meat.
How to keep pork loin from drying out?
The key to keeping your pork moist is adding more moisture while it cooks. For this recipe, the juices released from the apples and onions while cooking keeps your pork nice and tender. We like white onion in this crockpot honey pork recipe but you could substitute them for sweet onions or yellow onion instead.
Can I add anything else to this slow cooker dish?
You can add in washed, diced potatoes to the dish for a full meal. Any potato will work here, even sweet potatoes.
How to Store Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover slow cooker honey apple pork loin in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 days.
IN THE FREEZER: This crock pot pork tenderloin will keep in the freezer for up to 1 month.
Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin
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- 1 pork tenderloin
- 2 to 3 Granny Smith apples about 2 cups
- 1 medium onion sliced (about 1 cup)
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon ground mustard
- ¼ cup honey
- Slice apples and onions into ½-inch slices. Sprinkle the apples and onions along the bottom of a crockpot, reserving some of the apple slices.
- Use a sharp knife to make slices across the top of the pork tenderloin about ¾-inches apart.
- Settle the tenderloin into the bed of apples and onions. Place a piece of apple into each slice in the tenderloin.
- Stir together the cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, ground mustard, and honey to make a paste.
- Spread the paste over the top of the tenderloin.
- Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high, or 7 to 8 hours on low.