The slow cooker is a kitchen contraption that cooks food slowly and evenly over an extended period of time. Slow cookers are perfect for cooking tough cuts of meat, such as pork tenderloin, with minimal effort. This recipe is easy to prepare and will make your home smell amazing while it’s cooking. Slow cooked pork tenderloin is mouth-watering, tender, and rich in flavor. Enjoy!
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Why Should You Cook Pork in a Slow Cooker?
The process of slow cooking pork tenderloin in a slow cooker will produce moist and tender meat that is full of flavor. Slow cooking gives the meat a chance to absorb all the juices from other ingredients such as vegetables or fruit and will result in a savory, flavorful meal that you won’t soon forget.
Additionally, because this dish can be cooked for hours with very little effort, it’s easy on your wallet too!
-Whole Cranberry Sauce
-Lipton Onion Soup Mix
How to Prepare Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce
- In a small bowl, add the cranberry sauce and the onion soup mix. Mix these two ingredients until combined.
- Lay the tenderloin flat. You will likely want to cut the pork tenderloin in half to fit flat in the slow cooker, so that it cooks evenly.
- Cover and cook on high for 1.5-2 hours, or low for 2-3 hours, until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 150-150 degrees F. Pour over the cranberry/onion mixture over the pork tenderloin.
- Don’t overcook. Tenderloin doesn’t actually take that long to cook, so be sure not to leave it cooking all day or it will end up dry.
- Move tenderloin from the slow cooker to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
A Perfect Meal for Any Day of the Week
Pork tenderloin is a perfect dish for any day of the week. It is delicious, easy to prepare, and always a hit with family and friends. This recipe is an easy way to make your next meal a delicious one. It is also a great recipe to prep ahead for the next day. You can simply prepare the sauce and tenderloin in a pot, cover, and refrigerate until the morning.
The Best Time to Prepare this Meal
This pork tenderloin is perfect for any time of day. It’s a simple, flavorful meal that can be prepared ahead of time and then warmed up when you’re ready. It’s also perfect for easy entertaining because it has minimal prep work.
If you want to prepare this recipe ahead of time, allow the pork to marinate for at least 12 hours before cooking. This will help the meat absorb more flavors from the marinade. If you are using a slow cooker with a timer, cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 4-6 hours.
Pork tenderloin is a tough cut of meat that needs to cook for hours in order to make it tender. Putting a nice sear on slow cooker pork tenderloin is recommended, as this will add a nice crust to the meat and help seal in the flavors. It is recommended doing this first before you place the meat into a slow cooker. This recipe will work best if you cook your pork tenderloin for two hours on high or four hours on low. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your slow cooker and the level of heat you put it on. You could also cook this dish in a large pot with a lid for about 4-5 hours, which would still be enough time to make it tender.
How to serve this recipe
This recipe is an easy and flavorful meal that can be served any day of the week. The slow cooker pork tenderloin can be served as a main dish with various options such as a simple Caesar salad, or mashed potatoes with additional cranberry sauce on the side. If you’re looking for other ways to eat this dish, check out these recipes!