Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin is cooked low and slow to perfection and it’s all dressed up with the best homemade honey garlic sauce. It’s an easy slow cooker recipe for busy days!

close up of sliced pork tenderloin in honey garlic sauce.

Check out more of the best Crockpot recipes like Crockpot Pulled Pork, Slow Cooker Pork Loin and Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork!

I think I’ve done it. I think I might have just bested myself with this Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork recipe! Seriously, since I first made it, I haven’t been able to stop day dreaming about it.

While I have a similar oven baked pork tenderloin, this Crockpot recipe has been my go-to lately, especially if I need to free up oven space.

Thankfully, my family is just as enamored as I am, so there have been no complaints about enjoying this pork tenderloin on an almost weekly basis. It’s just that good!

The slow cooker ensures that the pork tenderloin is tender as can be and the sauce is beyond flavorful. Soy sauce, honey, garlic and more all balance each other in the most amazing way and make each bite better than the last.

Why we love this Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin:

  • Easy: This is a true set it and forget it Crockpot pork tenderloin recipe!
  • Flavorful: Once you take a quick look at the ingredients listed below, you’ll see why I keep mentioning just how flavorful this pork tenderloin recipe is.
  • Inexpensive: If you’re anything like me, you likely already have all of the simple ingredients in your kitchen right now. If not, your trip to the grocery store won’t be too stressful! Everything listed is pretty budget friendly.
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Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin Ingredients Needed:

ingredients needed for slow cooker honey garlic pork tenderloin in bowls and plate.
  • Pork Tenderloin – This is not to be mistaken for pork loin! They are two different cuts of meat that require different cook times. A pork tenderloin should be roughly 1 lb in weight. For best results, trim the silver skin before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Soy Sauce – This can be swapped with tamari or coconut aminos if preferred. I always choose low sodium and add salt as needed!
  • Vinegar – This gives the sauce a nice tangy element.
  • Salt – If you find that the soy sauce is already salty enough, you may choose to omit the salt.
  • Red Pepper Flakes – Add more or less to adjust the level of spicy flavor.
  • Honey – This gives the sauce a delightfully sweet note! Adjust the sweetness by adding more or less honey.
  • Chicken Broth – I always recommend using a low sodium broth to cook with. That way, you can control the amount of salt in the final product.
  • Cornstarch – This is used to thicken the sauce to that glaze-like consistency.
  • Garlic – Add more or less to taste.
  • Seasoning Salt – This helps to create the very best flavor for the meat.

How to cook Pork Tenderloin in the Crockpot:

Take a quick look at how easy this Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin recipe is! For more info about the process and ingredients, scroll to the recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  • Lightly grease your slow cooker, then add the tenderloin. Sprinkle the seasoning salt all over.
  • Whisk together the honey, broth, soy sauce, garlic, cornstarch, vinegar, salt and red pepper flakes. Pour this sauce all around the tenderloin.
  • Cover the Crockpot. Cook on low for 2-3 hours or on high for 1/5-2 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads 140°F. Turn off the slow cooker and let the meat rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice the pork tenderloin. Serve with the sauce and enjoy!

Recipe Tip

Pork is a lean meat. Because of this, it can easily dry out if cooked for too long. Be sure to turn off the slow cooker as soon as the meat reaches 140-145°F.

Variations and Substitutions

  • Make it spicy: Sprinkle in more red pepper flakes to heat things up! Just be careful, because a little bit goes a long way.
  • Make it extra garlicky: While you can always just add even more garlic, feel free to add garlic powder as well to really double down on that flavor.
  • Skip the gluten: Soy sauce contains gluten. If you need to, you can avoid that by using tamari or coconut aminos!

How to store Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

You can keep your leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Add a splash of broth or water and reheat for 30 seconds at a time in the microwave until warmed all the way through.

Can I freeze Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin?

Let the cooked pork tenderloin cool to room temperature before storing in a freezer safe container for about 4-6 months. Before reheating, allow the meat to thaw in the fridge for a few hours.

overhead view of sliced pork tenderloin in white slow cooker topped with chopped parsley.

Serving suggestions:

I love plating this honey garlic pork tenderloin over Baked Rice or easy Buttered Noodles to help soak up all of that delicious sauce! If you have an Instant Pot, try my perfect Instant Pot Jasmine Rice or easy Instant Pot Brown Rice instead.

I love to add a colorful veggie on the side as well! Try my simple Roasted Carrots, Air Fryer Green Beans or this quick Broccoli Salad.

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

5 from 2 votes
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin is cooked low and slow to perfection and it's all dressed up with the best homemade honey garlic sauce. It's an easy slow cooker recipe for busy days!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 339cal

Ingredients

  • 1 pork tenderloin (trimmed, silver skin removed — 1-1¼ lbs, cut in half crosswise to fit)
  • ½ teaspoon seasoning salt
  • cup honey
  • ¼ cup low sodium chicken broth (or sub water)
  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • tablespoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ⅛-¼ red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Lightly grease a 3-4 quart slow cooker with non-stick spray and add the tenderloin. Season all over with seasoning salt.
  • Whisk together honey, broth, soy sauce, garlic, corn starch, vinegar, salt, and red pepper flakes.
  • Pour sauce around pork tenderloin in slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, or on high for 1.5-2 hours, until a meat thermometer reads at least 140 degrees F. Turn off and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Slice pork tenderloin and serve with sauce.

Notes

Tips and tricks:
Don’t over-cook: Since pork is a lean meat, it can dry out more easily than other types of meat. Be sure to take it out of the oven as soon as possible after it reaches 140-145ºF
Pork loin: This recipe is for pork tenderloin and not pork loin. Because a pork loin is much larger, it will take significantly longer to cook. I recommend giving the pork loin a head start and cooking for 4-5 hours on low before adding the sauce so that the sugar in the sauce doesn’t burn. 
Storage: Leftover Pork Tenderloin will last in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 4-6 months. To reheat, thaw overnight in the fridge if frozen, then warm either in the microwave or in the oven until heated through.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 339cal | Carbohydrates: 52g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 799mg | Potassium: 606mg | Fiber: 0.4g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Becky Dana says

    In the instructions you indicated using a crock pot then near the end of instructions it refers to baking? Which is it, crock pot or oven?

  2. Carol Scheuermann says

    I made this recipe a few weeks ago. It was delicious, easy to make, very tasty. I would definitely make this recipe again.

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