This slow cooker honey mustard pork tenderloin is an easy preparation and cooking is a breeze. The pork is combined with a variety of simple seasonings and a sweet-sour honey and mustard sauce. The sauce is made with mustard, honey, brown sugar, and some balsamic or cider vinegar.
Serve the lean and tasty pork tenderloin with rice or roasted potatoes along with your family's favorite side dish or salad.
Newer slow cookers cook hotter than older models. If you have an older model, you might want to increase the cooking time. This lean cut of pork can become dry if cooked too long.
- 2 pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each
- salt and pepper
- 1 small clove garlic, minced
- 4 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard or country-style
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon cider vinegar or balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon dried leaf thyme, crumbled
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon cold water
Wash and trim* the pork and pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle the pork tenderloins lightly with salt and pepper.
Place the pork in the slow cooker.
In a bowl, combine garlic, mustard, honey, brown sugar, vinegar, and thyme; pour over the pork. Turn the tenderloins to coat thoroughly.
Cover the pot and cook on LOW for about 5 to 7 hours, or on HIGH for about 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours.
Remove pork to a plate, cover with foil and keep warm.
Pour the juices into a saucepan and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to medium and boil for about 4 to 6 minutes, or until reduced by about one-third. Combine the cornstarch and cold water; whisk into the reduced juices and cook for 1 minute longer.
Serve pork sliced with the thickened juices along with rice or potatoes and steamed vegetables.
*The silver skin covering the tenderloin should be removed because it is tough, does not dissolve, and shrinks as the tenderloin cooks. To remove the silver skin from the outside of a tenderloin, use a sharp knife. Slip the tip of the knife about 1 inch from the end of the visible silver skin. Grasp the loose skin as you slide the knife down the tenderloin, taking care not to cut the meat.
Tips and Variations
- Slice a medium onion and scatter the slices over the bottom of the slow cooker before you add the pork tenderloins.
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