Recipe

The 8 Best Slow-Cooker Pork Tenderloin Recipes

Pork tenderloin is often an overlooked cut of meat; some people think it doesn't have enough fat to be flavorful. But these people have clearly never tried any one of these eight slow-cooker recipes before. Balsamic vinegar and honey? Yes. Bacon-wrapped? YES. And do not be deterred by the slow cooker just because it's spring now -- it's always pork season around these parts.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin
Courtesy of Damn Delicious

Bacon-wrapped pork loin

This pork tenderloin is bacon-wrapped. We probably don't have to say more, but we will anyway, because it also has a fig jam glaze. And that's important. Here's the recipe.

Key ingredients:

  • Brown sugar
  • Bacon
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Fig jam
 

Apple cinnamon pork loin

It's all the flavor of stuffed pork tenderloin, without all the work. The sweetness comes from apples and cinnamon. Check it out right here.

Key ingredients:

  • Apples
  • Cinnamon
  • Chicken stock
  • Onions
  • Honey

Pulled pork
Courtesy of Le Crème De La Crumb

Honey balsamic pork tenderloin

Just close your eyes and imagine the sweet-and-tangy deliciousness of a honey and balsamic tenderloin. Or don't imagine it and just make it here.

Key ingredients:

  • Honey
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Brown sugar
  • Soy sauce
 

Crock-Pot pork tenderloin

A classic pork tenderloin gets a few upgrades with mustard, soy sauce, and maple syrup for a sweet kick. Bonus: the sauce can be poured over rice for an amazing side dish. Get the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Mustard
  • Soy sauce
  • Onions
  • Maple syrup
  • Garlic powder

Asian Pork Tenderloin
Courtesy of Creole Contessa

Asian pork tenderloin 

This recipe can be easily duplicated for a slow cooker. The tenderloin gets great flavor and kick from a spice rub that includes chili powder, garlic, ginger, paprika, brown sugar, and Creole seasoning. All it takes is about four hours. Check out the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic
  • Chili powder
  • Chicken broth
 

Balsamic pork tenderloin

If "balsamic gravy" doesn't pique your interest, then maybe "super-easy and deliciously tender and sweet pork" will! Stop drooling and start cooking with the recipe here.

Key ingredients:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Soy sauce
  • Worcestershire
  • Honey
  • Chicken broth

Cuban mojo pork special

Scroll to the bottom of the recipe for the slow-cooker version of this dish. And don't forget to make the "mojo sauce," a marinade of cilantro, orange & lime juice, jalapeños, and olive oil. Think Cuban pesto. The recipe's here.

Key ingredients:

  • Orange juice
  • Lime juice
  • Cilantro
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
 

Slow-cooker pork loin

Searing the pork on all sides in a pan before putting it in the slow cooker adds a lot of flavor depth. This recipe also calls for making gravy from the leftover sauce by adding a little cornstarch. You don't have to, but why not have gravy, when you CAN have gravy? Check it out right here.

Key ingredients:

  • Chicken broth
  • Garlic
  • Onion powder
  • Soy sauce
  • Cornstarch

Sign up here for our daily Thrillist email, and get your fix of the best in food/drink/fun.

Dara Pollak is a freelance writer and recipe creator. She likes her pasta with a side of bacon. Follow her at @theskinnypignyc.