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Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin

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Your whole family will love this moist crockpot pork tenderloin with its delicious blend of spices, honey and apple flavors all slowly cooked in the crockpot.
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  1. CROCKPOT APPLE PORK TENDERLOIN INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS CROCKPOT APPLE PORK TENDERLOIN RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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Apple is a favorite fall flavor to combine with pork and this crockpot apple pork tenderloin marries these two flavors so well. Cooking the tenderloin in the crockpot will make it fall-apart tender and the sweet apples and spices will make this meat so incredibly flavorful.

For more pork crock pot recipes, try our crockpot Ranch pork chops and Dr. Pepper pulled pork.

CROCKPOT APPLE PORK TENDERLOIN INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 2 to 3 Granny Smith apples (about 2 cups)
  • 1 medium onion, sliced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ¼ cup honey

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

PORK: 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 cook time depending on the cut of meat you use.

APPLES: 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.

SPICES: 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.

SAUCE: You could add or omit ingredients from the sauce. Substituting ground mustard for a bit of dijon mustard would add a little extra bit of tanginess.

ONIONS: We like white onion in this crockpot honey pork recipe but you could substitute them for sweet onions or yellow onion instead.

POTATOES: Add in washed, diced potatoes to the dish for a full meal. Any potato will work here, even sweet potatoes.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS CROCKPOT APPLE PORK TENDERLOIN RECIPE

STEP ONE: 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.

PRO TIP:

If your apples have tough skins, consider peeling them before slicing them. The apples are going to break down almost to applesauce consistency during cooking. 

STEP TWO: Use a sharp knife to make deep slits across the top of the pork loin about ¾-inches apart.

STEP THREE: Settle the tenderloin into the bed of apples and onions. Place a piece of apple into each slice in the tenderloin.

STEP FOUR: In a small bowl, stir together the cumin, cinnamon, garlic powder, ground mustard, and honey to make a paste.

STEP FIVE: Spread the paste over the top of the tenderloin.

STEP SIX: Cover and cook for 3 to 4 hours on high or 7 to 8 hours on low. 

PRO TIP:

Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check for doneness. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F.

Serve your slow cooker honey apple pork tenderloin with an extra drizzle of honey. 

HOW TO SERVE

Add green beans and rice or dinner rolls to this crock pot pork tenderloin with apples and onions

for a delicious meal. This pork tenderloin would be lovely to serve for company but easy enough to throw together for a weeknight meal. It’s always lovely to come home to the aromas of a slow cooker simmering away.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store this 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.

This is a super-fast meal to fix up with only a handful of simple ingredients. The tender pork and soft apples tucked into the loin cook slowly in the crockpot, infusing the pork with spices, honey and apple juice to produce an absolutely amazing and moist end result with so much flavor.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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 method. Use a meat thermometer to keep an eye for the doneness of the meat.

Can I make this apple cinnamon pork loin ahead of time?

You could prepare the pork, apples and sauce and store them in the fridge the night before. Pop it in the slow cooker and turn it on to cook all day.

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.

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close up overhead shot of crockpot apple pork tenderloin diced on a wooden board

Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

5 from 1 vote
Your whole family will love this moist crockpot pork tenderloin with its delicious blend of spices, honey and apple flavors all slowly cooked in the crockpot.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 15 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients
  

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

PRO TIP: If your apples have tough skins, consider peeling them before slicing them. The apples are going to break down almost to applesauce consistency during cooking.
 
PRO TIP: Use an instant-read meat thermometer to check for doneness. Pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F.
 
PRO TIP: Serve your slow cooker honey apple pork tenderloin with an extra drizzle of honey.

Nutrition

Calories: 448kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 63g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 197mg | Sodium: 160mg | Potassium: 1299mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 44IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 3mg
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