Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin

November 26, 2021

This Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin is an impressive fall dish made with apple cider, Granny Smith apples, and a medley of delicious vegetables.

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We are in that weird transition period between holidays.  Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is fast approaching.  And so the holiday prep continues. My holiday baking begins this week!  I’ll be trying to cram every single family favorite cookie and candy recipe into my baking schedule.

Surely by the time dinner comes, I won’t want to prepare anything too elaborate for us to eat. That means, my slow cooker is about to get a major workout!  Anything I can set and forget is going to be a real winner while I’m baking up batch after batch of cookies.

One of my all-time favorite things to make in the slow cooker is pork.  And you know what goes great with pork?  Apples!  So while I hang onto all of the flavors of the fall season (it always feels way too short around here), I decided to make an apple cider pork tenderloin cooked low and slow with a medley of other delicious and cozy flavors.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin

This is an easy slow cooker meal with impressive results!  Juicy pork tenderloin is stuffed with sliced apples and cooked in a medley of seasonal flavors like apple cider, sage, celery and carrots.  Serve it with mashed potatoes or sautéed green beans for a cozy and delicious meal.

Like every pork tenderloin dish I make, I sear the pork first to lock in the juices.  So heat a little olive oil in a skillet, season the pork with salt and pepper, and sear it on all sides.  Then, place it into the slow cooker.

Now, we’re going to add in the apple cider, apple cider vinegar (helps tenderize the pork), sage, apples, carrots, celery, garlic, and onion. Stir it around to mix everything up.  Then, cover the slow cooker and let it cook for 8 hours on low.

Once the pork has finished cooking, carefully remove it from the slow cooker and place it on a platter.  Don’t let the apples and veggies go to waste!  Spoon them around the pork.  Save some of those apple cider juices, as well, to spoon on top of the pork!

Go ahead and serve the pork, but let it rest for a couple minutes before slicing.  It should cut with ease.

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1-1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1 1/2 cups apple cider
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. ground sage
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups baby carrots, cut into chunks
  • 3 celery stalks, cleaned with stems removed, and sliced thin
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 small onion, sliced thin

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper and place into the skillet, searing on all sides. Once seared, place the pork into the slow cooker.
  3. Add apple cider, apple cider vinegar, sage, apples, carrots, celery, garlic, and onion around the base of the slow cooker, stirring gently to combine.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  5. Carefully remove pork from slow cooker and place on a platter.
  6. Spoon the apples, carrots, celery, and onion around the pork tenderloin and serve.
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This is definitely one of those meals that feels fancy, but is super easy to make since the slow cooker does almost all the work for you!  Can’t find apple cider to use in the recipe?  Good ol’ apple juice will do the trick!

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