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Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Glaze

Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Servings 4 servings

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This Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin is covered in an easy garlic herb rub and drizzled with a honey balsamic glaze!

This crock pot pork tenderloin is made with minimal effort and maximum flavour. It is moist, tender and perfect over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes!

slow cooker pork tenderloin slice in crockpot with sauce
Table of Contents
  1. Should I sear my pork before adding it to the slow cooker?
  2. Can you overcook pork tenderloin in the slow cooker?
  3. What is the difference between Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin?
  4. Can I cook vegetables with my pork?
  5. More pork tenderloin recipes:
  6. Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Honey Balsamic Glaze Recipe

So when I busted out my crock pot this morning to make this Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin, I almost felt a little guilty.

It’s been a while.

But crockpot season is back and I couldn’t be more excited.

That means our fall comfort food favorites like this Crockpot Whole Chicken, Slow Cooker Pot Roast, and Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup are back on the menu. Time to get cozy!

We also love using it on busy days for prepping a big batch of Slow Cooker Chicken Breast or Crockpot Shredded Chicken.

But about this slow cooker pork tenderloin!

I wanted to keep the recipe simple, but I also like to add a ton of flavor. I’ve done this with a garlic herb rub and a honey balsamic glaze — it’s sweet and savory and a little tangy!

Tips and Tricks for Cooking this Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin:

  • One of the most important things is not to overcook your tenderloin! It is so moist and tender when cooked perfectly, and we don’t want it to turn dry and unappetizing. The best way to know is to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature — it should be about 160 degrees F and you need to let it rest 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Be sure to trim the silver skin! It can be tough and isn’t something you’ll want to eat (if you forget, it’s not the end of the world, but it’s good practice!). For a visual on how to do this, check out this video.
  • If you’re not a fan of balsamic vinegar, you can omit it or swap in a bit of apple cider vinegar. You can also just cook it in a combination of broth and barbecue sauce and it will still be delicious!

Should I sear my pork before adding it to the slow cooker?

It’s up to you.

I usually don’t, as I’m not a big fan of extra dishes and prep time 😉

But you absolutely can, and it does add a nice crust and great flavor. It just depends how much time you have!

To sear it before slow cooking, rub the pork tenderloin down with a bit of oil and season with the seasoning blend.

Sear at a high heat for 2-3 minutes per side until golden, then add to the slow cooker.

How long does it take to cook crock pot pork tenderloin?

Most pork tenderloins are roughly the same diameter, so the cook time for this recipe will mostly vary depending on your slow cooker or crockpot.

I recommend starting with 2 hours on low or 1.5 hours on high, checking the temperature and adjusting from there.

It’s important to know your slow cooker and how well it heats — do you usually end up having overcooked meat or undercooked? Do you usually need longer or shorter cook times? How well done do you like your tenderloin? These are all important things to consider and will vary from person to person.

pork tenderloin in slow cooker cut in half

Can you overcook pork tenderloin in the slow cooker?


You can overcook anything in the slow cooker, although it takes a little longer.

Unfortunately, pork tenderloin is not one of those slow cooker meals you can just let cook all day. Ideally, you will turn off the slow cooker after 2-3 hours of cook time to avoid drying it out.

If your slow cooker has a keep warm option and will automatically switch when it is done, this is a great way to avoid overcooking your pork in the crockpot.

What is the difference between Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin?

While you can absolutely use this recipe for a pork loin, you will need to adjust the cook time because they are not the same thing.

A pork loin is much thicker (likely twice as thick in diameter) as a pork tenderloin, so it’s important to know the difference because a pork loin will need at least twice as much time.

Check out my Easy Slow Cooker Pork Loin Recipe for more tips for that specific cut of meat.

sliced pork medallions in slow cooker in sauce

Can I cook vegetables with my pork?


The trick is to add vegetables that can cook at a low heat and be ready in 2-3 hours.

Vegetables that are firmer and take longer to cook like potatoes and carrots are not the best option here unless you parcook them before you add them.

Green beans, peppers, broccoli and vegetables that cook quickly are better options for a short cook time.

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Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Honey Balsamic Glaze

4.91 from 32 votes
This Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin is covered in an easy garlic herb rub and drizzled with a honey balsamic glaze! Everything cooks together in the crock pot with minimal effort and maximum flavour. It is moist, tender and perfect over pasta, rice, or mashed potatoes!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Servings 4 servings
Calories 187cal


  • 1 pork tenderloin about 1 lb
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • 1/3 cup low sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch


  • If your pork tenderloin is longer than your slow cooker, cut it in half crosswise (so you have two shorter pieces that will fit inside). If it fits, you can leave it whole.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the broth, honey, balsamic vinegar, ketchup and corn starch and pour into the slow cooker.
  • In a small bowl, combine garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, onion powder and paprika. Rub over all sides of the pork tenderloin and place in the slow cooker (I use a 2.5 quart oval slow cooker).
  • 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 150-160 degrees F. 
  • Move tenderloin from the slow cooker to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 187cal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 399mg | Potassium: 540mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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  1. Debbie says

    I loved reading through all the comments before I made this! I had two 1 lb tenderloins, so I doubled the herb rub and the sauce ingredients. Using an Instant Pot, I browned the tenderloins first (and assembled the sauce while browning, so no extra time) and then switched over to slow cooker function. I added potatoes, carrots, and a red onion so it could truly be a one pot meal. Cooked for 8 hours on low. Delicious and everyone loved it.

  2. Tim Freed says

    Made this for our January 1 dinner with roasted carrots and broccoli. It was amazing. I doubled the recipe and used 1 side of the tenderloin pack from Costco (2 each). Temp was 160 at 2 ours on high. The kids loved it too!

  3. RMM says

    I have a pork tenderloin that weighs 2.8 pounds. I can figure out the ingredients for the rub and sauce but how long would I cook this on low?

  4. Christina Brune says

    I made this the other night and my entire family loved it (including my picky son). I doubled the recipe for the dry rub and the juice because my pork tenderloin package was 2.2 lbs and came with two slim pieces of meat. It took about two hours on high and was very tender and juicy. I did not sear the meat first, which I usually do, and it didn’t seem to need it. One thing I did was put the dry rub on the meat the night before, which I think helped pull the flavor into the meat. Letting the meat rest before you slice it is also an important step. I served it with rice, and there was plenty of juice to make the rice saucy. Even leftovers were juicy. I will definitely make this recipe again.

  5. KatieKat says

    This is very delicious. I followed the recipe exactly as written and it turned out delicious. I did read a lot of the comments before making it. I think maybe the negative comments around the jus is that those commenters may have been expecting a typical beef gravy. The jus is a very tangy sauce, with a very strong balsamic vinegar flavor, which of course, is somewhat sour. I personally love that flavor but I can see those that maybe weren’t expecting it to be surprised by how tangy it was. Thank you for the wonderful recipe!

  6. Lauren says

    This recipe looks great! Ingredients are ready to start. I’m going to be making potatoes with it- probably best not to cook those in the crock pot, right? I also thought about putting in a zucchini and bell pepper – do you think this would clash?

    • Ashley Fehr says

      I think those would be fine, you just have to be careful with the cook times. You don’t want the veggies too mushy! The potatoes I think would need a longer cook time in the crockpot, but if you cut them into fairly small pieces it might work!

  7. Jessica Cherobee says

    Hi Ashley I’m about to put my tenderloin in the crock pot but I keep reading to cook it 4 hours on low…My crockpot says 4 hrs and 6 hrs are high and 8 hrs and 10 hrs is low. Do I put it on the 8 hr setting because it is low but turn it off in 4 hours? First time cooking a pork tenderloin n don’t want to mess it up

  8. Kiki W says

    This is one of those recipes that I think is perfect without any tweaks as long as you like the taste of balsamic. I double the recipe and use the leftovers for shredded pork soft tacos the following night.

  9. Marcy says

    I made this last night and it was fantastic! I used the exact measurements of all ingredients and I thought that the mix of flavors was perfect. The only thing I did differently was after putting the spice rub on the meat, I seared the meat in olive oil until all sides were brown and then put it in the crock-pot. I think this give the meat a better flavor. My husband loved this too – will definitely make again – thanks for sharing!

    • Ashley Fehr says

      It really depends on what you prefer for doneness. The cook time might be sufficient, but I would probably cook it for 2.5-3 hours on high, or 5-6 hours on low.

  10. AR says

    I made this recipe with 2 lbs of pork tenderloin and therefore doubled the recipe ingredients and it didn’t taste right… the balsamic especially was overbearing.

  11. Laura Hildebrandt says

    This was honestly one of the best, easiest recipes I’ve made in a long time.i don’t use the slow cooker often, but I hand a pork tenderloin from Trader Joe’s on hand and was curious about doing it this way, so I found your recipe on line. I used herbes de Provence instead of parsley, and minced garlic instead of garlic powder. Otherwise followed the recipe, with the addition of to the crock pot of: baby carrots, 1 medium chopped onion, and fresh mushrooms. I served with ready made mash potatoes. Super yum!

      • Stacy Saman says

        I wonder this also, but veggies have lots of water in them, especially mushrooms and onion. I would maybe check partly through cooking. I’m doing this, and doubling the recipe so kinda nervous about cooking times!

  12. Momofour says

    Came out great!!! My 11 year old was able to put this together for me when I was totally exhausted (8 months pregnant)! It was a little more work than just rubbing the pork and sticking it in the oven, but it was nice to make ahead (and my oven was broken so it was really helpful for us). It came out really tender. I served it with a healthy lentil/rice pouch from Whole Foods (90 seconds in the microwave) and garlic green beans. Healthy dinner made easy. Thanks!

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