Balsamic Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Pork Tenderloin sorta makes me happy. Okay, I lied. This balsamic pork tenderloin really makes me happy.

 

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Let me tell ya why. It just couldn’t get any easier. Seriously.

Probably because it takes all of five minutes of my time to make, leaving my slow cooker to work its magic and make me look like the best cook ever.

Gosh, I love it when that happens.

You just open up a package of pork tenderloins from the grocery store, whisk up some simple ingredients that you have on hand in your pantry, toss it all into the slow cooker, set the timer, and then at supper time your family thinks you hung the moon – or something of grand proportions.

It’s awesome, I think.

Totally 100% awesome.

Or lazy. Or something.

But, whatever it is, I’m totally in love with the result it gives me with this fabulously tender, flavorful, and delicious balsamic pork tenderloin.

 

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If you’ve happened to try my Balsamic Beef recipe that I shared many, many, many months ago, then you’ll realize that this uses the same balsamic mixture that I use with the beef recipe.

Let me tell you something. If you’ve not tried that recipe, you really, really should take care of that right about now! (I’m kidding. Sorta)

Once you’ve cooked your balsamic pork tenderloins, they will literally being falling apart tender. I have to use tongs and a huge slotted spoon to get mine out of my slow cooker!

Once you remove your pork tenderloins, you can spoon over more of the balsamic gravy that has cooked with the pork or you can pour it into a saucepan and cook it until it has reduced by half for a thick, sweet, delicious glaze. Your call.

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For these photos, I couldn’t wait on cooking it to reduce. We were starving and I had to get supper on the table immediately!

I’m sure you all have experienced that a time or two in your lives.

Right?

 

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So, pull out that slow cooker and toss this in as soon as humanly possible. I promise you’ll thank me.

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Here’s my Balsamic Pork Tenderloin Recipe. You are gonna LOVE it!

Yield: 6 -8

Balsamic Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Balsamic Pork Tenderloin that just melts in your mouth! This slow cooker balsamic pork tenderloin recipe is perfect for those busy weeknight supper or even special occasions!
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Ingredients

  • 1 2-3 pound boneless pork tenderloin
  • 1 cup chicken or vegetable broth
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce or coconut aminos
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped

Directions

  1. Place pork tenderloin into the insert of your slow cooker. In a 2-cup measuring cup, mix together all remaining ingredients. Pour over pork and set the timer for your slow cooker. (6-8 hours on Low)
  2. Once pork tenderloin has cooked, remove from slow cooker with tongs into a serving dish. Break apart lightly with two forks and then ladle about ¼ – ½ cup of gravy over pork tenderloin.
  3. Store remaining gravy in an airtight container in the refrigerator for another use.

All images and text © Robyn Stone for Add a Pinch

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

410 comments on “Balsamic Pork Tenderloin Recipe”

  1. Hi! I want to try this recipe but I don’t have a croc pot/ slow cooker… how can I adapt this to roasting in the oven?

    • You can use a cast iron pot in the oven and bake it at 200 for the 8 hours, or cook it stove top on low heat in a covered pot.

  2. I was reading america’s test kitchen recipes to try and decide what to do with this pork roast my DH decided to bring home because it was on sale and I couldn’t find anything with balsamic! They did however have some similar recipes. I’ll definitely make yours but I’m going to cook the sauce ahead to get the bitterness out of the garlic which is always a problem with garlic in the slow cooker and the acidity out of the vinegar. Then 5 under the broiler at the end for a crust is a must.

    • Hi Ashton,
      I hope you enjoy it! The recipe always turns out delicious for me as written without using the broiler and cooking the sauce ingredients with the tenderloin in the slow cooker. It turns out tender and flavorful every time. Thanks so much!

  3. This is our absolute favorite recipe for pork tenderloins!!! Has anyone tried this with boneless, skinless chicken thighs?

  4. This was super easy and delicious. The pork fell apart and was both tender and moist. I served it with mashed potatoes so we could soak up all the tasty sauce. I am already looking forward to making this again.

    • Hi Heidi,
      It’s a favorite of ours too – and I’m so happy you enjoyed it! I’m hungry just reading your comment! 😉
      Thanks so much for letting me know how much you enjoyed it! xo

  5. Hi!
    My husband and I love this recipe; we have made it many times! I always end up wasting the extra gravy though and wish I didn’t. How long do you think that gravy should last for? And do you have any suggestions for use in other recipes/meals? Thanks!

    • Hi Jessica,
      If I have leftovers, sometimes I like to make French Dip type sandwiches. Thanks – I’m so glad you enjoy the recipe!

      • Can the tenderloin be frozen before placing it in the slow cooker, or should it be thawed first? Looking forward to trying this recipe.

  6. This was absolutely amazing. I reduced the liquid as suggested until it was thick and dark and would highly recommend that. This is going onto my list of favourites. Thanks!

  7. I don’t have the vinegar on hand, would using balsamic vinegarette salad drssing be just a good?

    • Hi Penny,
      I’ve not tried using the salad dressing, so I can’t say how it would turn out. There are usually many more ingredients in a salad dressing rather than just the balsamic vinegar, and can’t be sure they will taste good with the other ingredients in this recipe…but don’t know.
      I hope you enjoy this dish. Thanks!

  8. Hi, I was wondering if balsamic vinegarette, could be used instead of the vinegar. I ask because it’s all i have on hand at the moment.

  9. Do you trim the fat off first?

  10. Can the pork tenderloin be put in the crock pot frozen?

  11. Great recipe! I used maple syrup instead of honey because kids under 1 can’t have honey and I wanted my daughter to be able to eat it too. Turned out great and my daughter loved it! Mine was fully cooked after 5 hours on low but I imagine that’s slow cooker dependent.

  12. Planning on making this recipe. Any suggestions on sides. I see one person said mashed potatoes. Do you make sandwiches out of it?

  13. Do you know calories per serving by chance? And other nutrition info?

    • Hi Kathy,
      I don’t have that information, but you can use an online calorie tracker, such as My Fitness Pal to get the information on the serving size. I hope this helps. Thanks so much!

  14. Does it get blackened on the outside in the slow cooker or did you sear it first in a pan?

  15. Can I use boneless chicken breast instead of pork? (I’m new to slow cookers)

  16. Can you add potatoes, carrots and onions to the mix/slow cooker, or does that ruin the combination?

    • I would add them later in the cooking process as they tend to absorb more of the balsamic vinegar flavor than I found to be the most tasty.

  17. How many people does this feed? Could I double the recipe in one crockpot to feed more folks? Thank you!!

    • Hi Jessica,
      This recipe is for a 2 to 3 pound boneless pork tenderloin and feeds 6 to 8 people as noted. As far as doubling, it depends on the size of your crockpot and size of your tenderloin. Enjoy! Thanks!

  18. I just cooked this for the first time yesterday. My family was estatic. My husband said it was my best meal yet. Thanks, this will become a permanent addition to our dinner rotation.

    Rating: 5
  19. This looks great and trying today! I have two tenderloins in the package. Assuming I can just double all the other ingredients for twice the fun? Please advise on your experience here.

  20. Hi. I only have beef stock on hand, will that work?

    Thanks

  21. Can you cook it on high for a shorter amount of time?

  22. Loved this recipe!  A lot of people are asking what to do with the left over sauce.  I thickened it once the pork was done ( used frozen roast…worked fine) with flour or cornstarch!  No sauce left..num num!  Ty!

    Rating: 4
  23. o wow ! this is the easiest and best recipe for pork loin…. and it is sooo tasty and it literally just falls apart
    i made this for my family along with buttered parsley potatoes and they loved it !
    thank you for the recipe….it was a hit !

    Rating: 5
  24. Would it work without the wouchester sauce?
    Thanks 😊😊

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