Saturday, November 8, 2014

Crockpot Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Fall-apart tender with a subtle flavor, this recipe is perfect when I need to literally 'set it and forget it'. In the Autumn I'm often busy with many projects around the house/garden and I was looking for a recipe that I could make without much effort that would cook all day on its own (no checking the pot). This recipe cooks for 6 hours!

Julian's Crockpot Glazed Pork Tenderloins
I'm often skeptical of the recipes that are posted on Facebook, but decided this one looked harmless enough and was worth a try. As it turns out, it worked pretty well and below I recommend only a few minor changes to the original which came from, which is largely a site full of ads and not much else.

With regard to selecting the pork tenderloins, you are looking for a package that is 2 - 2.5 pounds. As such it likely contains two smaller pork tenderloins, which really are best rather than one large tenderloin. I'm not sure you can even get a single tenderloin of that size, but it's preferable to have the two smaller pieces in the package for this recipe as the flavors are better distributed among the meat.

Ready for Cooking ~ 6 hours on low temperature.
Finally a word on crockpot cooking. Remember to NOT remove the lid during cooking as this lets the heat escape and dramatically lowers the temperature. Keep it covered and don't feel the need to check on it until you are near the end of the cooking time. A typical slow cooker on low cooks at only 200F degrees, so you don't want to reduce the temperature further by opening the lid periodically. Also note that the recipe makes a nice sauce for service over the meat, you'll need additional gravy if you are serving it with mashed potatoes.

2 to 2.5 pounds pork tenderloin
1/3 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon yellow mustard
3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons diced dried onions
2 teaspoons garlic powder or granules

Place the tenderloins in a crock pot on the low setting. Mix the remaining ingredients together and pour over tenderloins. Cover and cook 6 hours. Remove and serve.

Fork Tender with Subtle Flavorings

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