Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin

Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin

Ok so the pics not that good, I’m promising you it tastes much better than it looks!!! One thing I find nerve racking is with a lot of Paleo food, it just won’t photograph right on alot of the meat recipes. Of course it probably doesn’t help that I completely suck at getting food out of a crockpot in a pretty fashion, it’s more of stick two utensils in there, try to grab hold of something and hope for the best. And that kind of gambling gets you a pork tenderloin that looks more like pulled pork.

So to help with the eye sore that is the “pulled pork tenderloin” I’ll throw in a pretty picture of one of our mornings after one of the winter storms that have gone through the Shenandoah Valley.

Icy Morning

Do you’re eyes feel a bit better now? Good, now on with the tenderloin recipe.

Honey is optional in this recipe, I know some don’t like the added sugar in their food and trust me I had it without and it taste just fine, the natural flavors of the apples and pork really come out. Also if you use a sweeter apple like say a golden delicious instead of Gala apples I would recommend either cutting the amount of honey or doing without so you don’t drown it in sweetness.

And below are some pictures of the steps along the way of getting this pork tenderloin together.

Apple Layer Pork Tenderloin

Slit Pork Tenderloin
Crockpot Pork Tenderloin Prep

Pork Tenderloin in Crockpot

Ok so there’s the direction reference pictures, because only I know what’s going on in my head when I’m typing away directions, and sometimes I don’t always make the best clear sense. I hate when I’m trying to follow a recipe and and all “how do you want me to do that????!!!!” So if you have that floating around in your head, waaalaa up above that’s how.  And I’ve tried a collage of the final product:

Apple Pork Collage

Yeah still looks like a pulled pork, well we just won’t call my crockpot food removal at expert level.

Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin
Recipe type: Paleo Main Dish
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  • 4 Organic Gala Apples
  • 1½lb - 2lb Pork Tenderloin
  • Nutmeg
  • 2 Tbsp Raw Honey (optional)
  1. Core and slice your apples
  2. Add a layer of apples in the bottom of the crockpot and sprinkle with nutmeg
  3. Place slits in your pork tenderloin, and cut tenderloin in half if you need to so it can lay nice and neat in the crockpot.
  4. Take one apple slice and place in each slit in the tenderloin
  5. Place tenderloin with apple slices in place into the crockpot ontop of your layer of apples and sprinkle top with Nutmeg
  6. Place remaining apple slices on top of the pork tenderloin and sprinkle once more with Nutmeg.
  7. Place crockpot on low, go to work and come home to dinner all ready.


50 Thoughts on “Crockpot Apple Pork Tenderloin

  1. Jasmine on May 7, 2013 at 5:10 pm said:

    So would you recommend to cook on low for 8-9 hours?

  2. No liquid needed in the bottom??

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  4. MrBLinstrot on October 9, 2013 at 5:22 pm said:

    Is there a conversion to cook this in an oven?

  5. Melissa Stiff on October 10, 2013 at 2:58 pm said:

    If I should use the optional honey, do I spread it on the tenderloin?

  6. I just made this and no it does not photograph pretty but it sure does taste great! My 3.5 pounds of tenderloin was done in about 6.5 hours.

  7. yummmmmmmmmm + easy!

  8. Will this recipe work with a pork loin roast?

  9. That’s my question exactly. I think that’s what it is – a roast. Well, we shall see… I’m going for it!

  10. Prepped in the crockpot & in the fridge. My husband or I will turn it on before leaving for work & I’ll be back to let everyone know how we liked it. Sounds delicious & can’t wait to try it

  11. I’m new to cooking, so I’m not sure what side dishes would compliment the flavors in this recipe. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. :)

    • Brian on August 8, 2016 at 8:10 am said:

      We are having mashed sweet potatoes and corn on the cob with ours. Okra and tomatoes and collards also would be good side dishes.

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  13. Brandon on April 15, 2014 at 7:24 pm said:

    Dried out

  14. I dont know what I did wrong…but this turned out terrible :(

    • Olive Orente on September 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm said:

      Mine was dried out and bland, 8 hours is way too long!

    • Can I use frozen apple slices from our orchard? I’m just learning to use my crock pot. How do I know how long to cook? Do you just peek in the crock pot at 5 hours?

      • Shellie on May 8, 2016 at 11:24 am said:

        Don’t use frozen. Use all of the juices from the thawed apples too. Thaw the apples to prevent bacteria growth in slow cooker. Don’t use frozen meat either! As to amount of time 6 hours seems about right. Of course different crockpots cook differently.

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  16. Michelle Brown on August 30, 2014 at 6:24 pm said:

    I like the “real” photos. I hate when I try to make a recipe and it looks nothing like the “prepped and posed” food pics. This sounds delicious, can’t wait to try it!

  17. Mine turned out dry as well. The size of the pork in the photos looks more like what my grocer’s butcher shop sells as “pork loin”. The “pork tenderloins” are much smaller.

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  19. Nicole Burch on October 27, 2014 at 11:59 am said:

    Can we cook high for 4 hours instead? Or can I check after 5 hours on low?

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  21. wittybelle on November 25, 2014 at 1:21 am said:

    I was thinking of making this with center cut pork chops and layering apples in the middle, has anyone tried with pork chops?

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  23. I added cinnamon, salt, pepper, pinch of red pepper flakes as well as sliced onions and carrots. 3-3 1/2 in crockpot on high

  24. Michelle on February 20, 2015 at 1:59 am said:

    I just made a pork tenderloin with granny Smith apples, dried cranberries, cinnamon, ginger, apple vinegar, and small amount of brown sugar. …amazing!

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  26. Krissy on April 6, 2015 at 12:27 am said:

    How many calories

  27. Chrissy on April 21, 2015 at 9:01 pm said:

    I’ve never cooked in the crock pot without a liquid – Does anyone know a liquid that would compliment this? Making Thursday am

    • jessica on April 22, 2015 at 1:53 pm said:

      Look for something better to make, this was gross. I’m a fairly good cook and no one in my house would eat it.

    • Isabelle on April 22, 2015 at 2:05 pm said:

      It doesn’t need a liquid. It cooks great as is. It seems weird at first, but comes out great.

    • It really doesn’t need liquid. The apples and pork release fluid…quite a bit, actually. If you add additional liquid, it might reduce the flavor.

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  29. I love this recipe and make it regularly, but recently I felt like “playing.” I substituted Cinnamon for the nutmeg (was out of nutmeg), added red onions, and sprinkled with minced garlic and cracked black pepper. Added the honey halfway through…was also very good!!!

  30. Soooo easy, so good. I didn’t use the honey. Had about 2.5 lbs of meat. I put it up at night so I could use the crock pot again in the morning so I set it on high for 5.5 hours. It ended up sitting for another 8 and I feared the worst…but it was delish. Next time I might try adding some rosemary and/or onions. As is, though, it was great.

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  32. Just made this today and it turned out SO TENDER!! As anyone should, had to adjust the cook times and some of the spices based on what I had, so I only cooked it for 5 hours then had it on warm until it was time to eat. Liquid is definitely not needed – the apples and meat create an awesome juice. What i did do was add a splash of olive oil to crisp the outside and apple cider vinegar to add to the apple flavor. Very flavorful and very excited about it!

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  35. cristina on March 11, 2016 at 11:45 pm said:

    mine came out very bland and dry also

  36. Maureen on June 5, 2016 at 10:40 am said:

    I usually sear my meat before I put it a crockpot. Has anyone done that with this recipe?

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