This easy Crockpot pork tenderloin recipe makes the juiciest meat ever! It's perfectly seasoned with a homemade rub and involves very little prep and effort.
If you're craving something similar but using an oven method, try my Easy Baked Pork Tenderloin instead.
Why you'll love it
Pork is making a comeback in a big way, mainly because people are finding out that it can be melt-in-your-mouth delicious! This juicy pork tenderloin is simple to prepare with no searing step, frees up stovetop space, and goes with so many side dishes.
People enjoyed my baked pork tenderloin so much that I had to create a Crockpot version as well. This slow cooker pork tenderloin recipe has the same beloved, irresistible spice rub as in that recipe. It includes smoked paprika, sugar, and tasty aromatics.
What you'll need
- Pork tenderloin - it's lean, tastes great, and is very easy to work with. Note that it is not the same thing as pork loin.
- Beef broth - for depth of flavor and moisture
- Seasoning rub from scratch - brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper
- Butter - makes delicious buttery juices
Should I sear pork tenderloin first?
- Nope! Contrary to popular belief, searing it first will not lock in the juices. In fact, the sizzling sound is moisture being cooked off. You'll probably end up with drier meat that way.
- However, resting pork tenderloin after it's cooked and before slicing is definitely important! I know it's tempting to to skip, but letting it rest for 5-10 minutes actually seals in the juices and keeps it tender.
How to make Crockpot pork tenderloin
This is an overview with step-by-step photos. Full ingredients & instructions are in the recipe card below.
Trim any excess fat off the pork tenderloins. Pour the beef broth into your slow cooker. Stir the seasoning rub ingredients together in a small bowl, and then coat the tenderloins evenly with it on all sides using your hands.
Place the pork in the Crockpot along with any remaining spice rub. Arrange the butter around and onto the meat. Close the lid, and cook on low (testing for doneness after 2 hours) or high (testing for doneness after 1 hour). Cook for longer if needed until 145F is reached. Take it out, let rest for 5-10 minutes, slice into medallions, and top with fresh parsley if desired.
- Pork tenderloin is easy to overcook, and it doesn't take long at all on low or high heat in a slow cooker, but sometimes it's nice to not have to turn the stove or oven on!
- A little pink inside pork is fine. It's safe to eat at 145F since farming practices have improved vastly. No leathery, dry meat here.
Substitutions and variations
- If you have a spice rub you prefer, you could definitely swap it for mine and still add the broth and butter and follow the timing.
- You could use pork loin (not the same thing as tenderloin), but you will need to increase cooking time as it is a tougher cut of meat. Our kitchen has not tested this, though.
- You can make this with only one tenderloin instead of two. Cooking time is likely to decrease a little bit, so test for doneness a bit earlier than the recipe indicates.
Tools for this recipe
Check out Natasha's favorite kitchen essentials, gadgets, and cookware!
- I love my instant read thermometer to get the pork to that perfect 145F every single time.
- I use this angled measuring cup for ease.
- This is the Crockpot I use for all my slow cooker recipes.
Leftovers and storage
- Store any leftovers in an airtight container for 3-4 days in an airtight container.
- I'd recommend reheating leftover pork tenderloin in a small saucepan over a low heat until it's warmed through. You can also microwave it, but it could dry out.
- Freeze any leftovers in individual portions for up to 3 months.
What to serve with Crockpot pork tenderloin
- The extra sauce is delicious over a big pile of Mashed Potatoes or rice. I like pairing it with a Classic Baked Potato too!
- Choose your favorite veg to make it a complete meal. Try my Simple Sautéed Leeks for something a little different, my Easy Creamed Corn, or Easy Roasted Green Beans.
- For a salad option, go with spring mix and my Homemade Ranch Dressing.
Hopefully the blog post answered your questions and you're excited to make this juicy Crockpot pork tenderloin recipe! Let me know in the comments below if you tried it, and you can also find me on Instagram.
Crockpot Pork Tenderloin
- 2 pork tenderloins about 1 pound each
- 1/2 cup beef broth
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper or to taste
- 1/4 cup butter cut into pats
- Chopped parsley optional, to taste
- Prepare the tenderloins by trimming off excess fat and the silver skin (the tough part that may cover some of each tenderloin).
- Pour the beef broth into your slow cooker.
- Add the spice rub ingredients (brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper) to a small bowl and stir together. Using your hands, coat the tenderloins all over with the spice rub. You may want to do this on a plate with each tenderloin one at a time.
- Add the pork tenderloins to your slow cooker, along with any excess rub that is on the plate. Place the butter pats on and around the tenderloins and close the lid.
- Test for doneness after 2 hours on low or 1 hour on high as slow cookers can vary a LOT, and it's easy to overcook tenderloin. If it's not quite ready, simply put the lid back on and test after another 5-10 minutes if it's close (145F-150F will be medium after resting, and keep in mind that 160F is already well done). If your tenderloins are larger than 1 pound each, they will take longer to cook.
- Take the pork tenderloins out of the slow cooker and slice into medallions after 5 minutes of resting. You can put the pork back in the slow cooker to toss with the sauce or plate it and spoon the sauce over top. Sprinkle with chopped parley if desired.
- Serves 6-8 depending on portion size. Halve all ingredients except for the beef broth if you want to make one (one pound) pork tenderloin.
- If using this recipe for pork loin (a different, tougher cut of meat), it'll need to be cooked for longer.
- Pork that's 145F in the thickest part is safe to eat. A little bit pink is fine! Use an instant read meat thermometer so you never over or undercook meat again.
- Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
I took a chance and tried this recipe for friends. I was so glad I did. Everyone raved about it. It was so juicy and tender.
A meat thermometer is essential to make sure it is done, but not overcooked. Delicious!
That makes me so happy!!!
So good - I have an old school crockpot which required a little more cooking time, but the results were excellent.
Thank you so much, Julie!! Glad it was a hit!
Nancy Lotspeich says
Has anyone tried this? I would think the cooking time would be longer.
Miranda @ Salt & Lavender says
Of course! We have tested this extensively. I would advise you to read the blog post where we discuss temperature, instant read thermometers, etc. All the information you need is there. With that said, if yours is not cooked to your liking, simply cook for longer after testing if your Crockpot doesn't run as hot as others.