Easy slow cooker pork tenderloin is a foolproof recipe to make the juiciest perfectly cooked pork tenderloin. Minutes of prep and just a few hours in the slow cooker this recipe will have your family begging you to make it again.
Dry onion soup mix is the secret to the perfect slow cooker pork tenderloin. Rubbed into the pork tenderloin and added to the braising liquid, it adds just the perfect amount of savory your taste buds have been desiring. Let’s get cookin!!
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Just wait until the aroma of pork tenderloin simmering in onion soup, red wine, garlic and soy sauce from your slow cooker fill your kitchen. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Three to four hours on low in a slow cooker is all you need to make this succulent and juicy pork tenderloin. Serve with a steamed vegetable and some roasted new potatoes and mmm mmm you’ll have the perfect meal.
How To Make Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
This slow cooker pork tenderloin recipe couldn’t be easier. Simply place the pork tenderloin in the slow cooker, pour over the wet ingredients, a quick rub with dry onion soup mix, garlic, and fresh ground black pepper then set it and forget it!
What You Need:
Here’s what you’ll need from the store. The exact amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of this post.
Kitchen Tools Needed:
- Pork tenderloin
- Dry onion soup mix
- Red cooking wine
- Minced garlic
- Soy sauce
- Fresh ground black pepper
Tips for Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin
The Best Red Cooking Wine Substitute
No red cooking wine? No worries. You can easily substitute any dry red drinking wine such as pinot noir. You can also substitute white cooking wine or dry white drinking wine as well. Red wine adds a deeper and richer flavor but the white will easily work in a pinch.
Wine Substitute In Cooking
Chicken Stock Substitute
No stock or broth on hand? Still, nothing to worry about. Simply substitute the red wine with water and add a boullion cube to the liquid.
No boullion cubes? Oh man. Let’s go to the store. I kid. You can also quite simply just substitute the red cooking wine with water. The volume of liquid is key not necessarily the flavor. Although the flavor is nice.
How Can I Tell When Pork Is Fully Cooked In The Slow Cooker?
Many people steer clear of pork tenderloin because we’ve all been scarred by a bad experience with an overcooked dried-out practically inedible pork tenderloin. That is the beauty and simplicity of this recipe by cooking low and slow in a slow cooker in a braising liquid makes it virtually impossible to dry out this pork tenderloin.
It may be tempting to turn your slow cooker up to high to shorten the cooking time. Please, please don’t do this. Low and slow is the key to perfectly cook a pork tenderloin in your slow cooker. Your slow cooker pork tenderloin will take 3-4 hours on low.
If it makes you more comfortable you can check the pork temperature starting at 3 hours with your handy dandy instant-read meat thermometer. Pork tenderloin is cooked at 145-160 degrees. Just remember every time you take the lid off your slow cooker you are releasing the heat and disrupting the cooking process which may ultimately increase your cooking time.
Can I Use a Pork Loin Roast Instead of Pork Tenderloin?
You bet you can. If you can’t find pork tenderloin at the store and all they have is pork loin, that will work just fine. Pork loin and pork tenderloin come from the same pork. The tenderloin is the thinner end cut as the muscle tapers. You can easily use this same preparation to prepare a pork loin.
Simply increase your cook time to 5-6 hours on low. Also depending on the size of the pork loin. Increase your ingredients by half. You don’t want the meat fully submerged but want the liquid at least halfway up the sides.
Other Cuts Of Pork That You Can Use
Feeding more people? This same recipe can be used for a pork shoulder or boston butt. Simply double all of the ingredients and increase your cook time to 8-10 hours on low.
How To Substitute With Beef
Want to try this recipe with beef? Give it a go! Depending on the size of the cut of beef simply increase your ingredients accordingly. You’d like the liquid at least halfway up the sides of the beef and the top surface covered in dry onion soup mix, garlic, and black pepper. Cook on low 6-8 hours until the beef is fork-tender.
Easy Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Recipe
- Slow Cooker
- 1 pork tenderloin 1lb – 1.5lb
- 1 package of dry onion soup mix
- 1/2 cup red cooking wine
- 4 cloves of minced garlic
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
- Place pork tenderloin in slow cooker. Pour water, wine, soy sauce over pork tenderloin making sure it all gets wet.
- Sprinkle half the packet of onion soup mix on the pork tenderloin and rub it in well, Pour the other half in the water mixture in the slow cooker.
- Rub minced garlic and black pepper onto pork.
- Set slow cooker to low and cook for 3-4 hours. Remove and let rest for at least 10 minutes on cutting board before slicing.
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