Slow Cooker Pork TenderloinSeptember 16, 2013
It’s Monday. The start of another crazy week. One thing that keeps me sane during crazy weeks is my slow cooker. I love her. She’s a hard worker in my kitchen. This time, I used my slow cooker to make this amazing Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin. There is so much flavor packed into this dish. It’s quickly becoming one of my family’s favorite quick dinner ideas and easy recipes that always makes it into my meal planning rotation.
My family loved the flavor of this dish! The pork was fall-apart tender and the sauce was thick, rich and velvety! It was so each to put together, too. It took no time at all to get in the slow cooker and then set it and forget it. I suppose you could skip the browning step if you’re in a hurry. To be honest, I’ve been known to skip the browning phase of some recipes and they turn out just fine.
I served this pork with my good old standby side dish, Parmesan Orzo. But, rice or mashed potatoes would work beautifully too!
When it comes to slow cookers, there are many options available – from the basic to the ultra fancy. My favorite is the Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker. I have had a number of slow cookers over the years and this is by far my favorite. It’s easy to use and program. It’s just the right size and it has handy clips that hold the lid on securely while you’re traveling.
Here are some slow cooker accessories you might like too:
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
Compliments of It’s a Keeper
2 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1-1.5 pounds boneless pork tenderloin
Salt and pepper for seasoning
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 Tbsp packed light brown sugar
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
1 Tbsp cornstarch
1 Tbsp cold water
In a large 12-inch skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat until it is simmering and hot. Season the tenderloin on all sides with salt and pepper. Brown the tenderloin for 1-2 minutes on each side or until golden. Transfer the pork to the slow cooker. Add the garlic to the drippings in the skillet and stir constantly over medium heat until the garlic is aromatic and golden, about 1 minute. Stir in the soy sauce, broth, brown sugar and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over tenderloin. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 8 hours until the meat is tender.
Once pork is cooked, remove the it from the slow cooker to a plate. Because it’s so tender, it may fall apart.
Pour sauce into a medium sauce pan and cook on medium high heat until simmering. In a small bowl, combine the cornstarch and cold water until smooth forming a slurry. Whisk the slurry into the simmering sauce. Bring to a boil for 1-2 minutes or until the sauce reaches the desired thickness. Add the pork and heat through.
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