Garlicky, sweet and spicy pork tenderloin slow-cooked to tender and juicy perfection is what you want for dinner tonight.
It’s such a treat when making a main dish is as easy and dishing it up from a slow cooker. And it’s even better when it tastes as good as this pork does.
This pork tenderloin has a wonderful sweet flavor from the honey and a bit of heat from the Sriracha.
Put extra sauce on my plate, please.
Slow cooker honey and roasted garlic pork tenderloin recipe
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 4 hours 30 minutes | Total time: 4 hours 45 minutes
- 1 bulb garlic
- 2 teaspoons olive oil (for the garlic)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (for the slow cooker pot)
- 1 (1.5-pound) pork tenderloin fillet
- 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
- 1/2 lemon
- 3 teaspoons cornstarch (for the sauce)
- 1/3 cup apple juice (for the sauce)
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- On a piece of foil that’s about twice the size of the garlic, lay the bulb of garlic, and top with olive oil. Fold the foil into a tent shape, and seal the edges.
- Bake until the cloves are lightly browned and tender (about 30 minutes). Let cool, and squeeze out the roasted garlic.
- Coat the inside of the slow cooker pot with olive oil.
- Add the salt and pepper to all sides of the pork.
- Rub the roasted garlic on all sides of the pork.
- Drizzle honey and sprinkle thyme on all sides of the pork.
- To the slow cooker, add the pork, and drizzle the Sriracha sauce on top.
- Cover with the lid, and let cook on the low setting for 4 hours.
- Heat a small pan on low heat, and add about a cup of the sauce from the slow cooker and the apple juice.
- To a small bowl, add the cornstarch and just enough water to make a liquid paste. Whisk together.
- Slowly add the cornstarch mixture to the pan with the liquid from the slow cooker while continuously stirring. Let cook until the sauce thickens. Strain in a small wire mesh strainer, reserving just the liquid.
- Transfer the pork to a cutting board, and slice. Top with lemon juice, and transfer to serving dishes.
- Drizzle the sauce on top of the pork, and serve with your favorite side dishes.