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Slow Cooker Sunday: Spicy honey-garlic pork is a no-fuss dinner

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.

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This pork tenderloin has a wonderful sweet flavor from the honey and a bit of heat from the Sriracha.

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Put extra sauce on my plate, please.

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Slow cooker honey and roasted garlic pork tenderloin recipe

Serves 4

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)


  1. Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. Bake until the cloves are lightly browned and tender (about 30 minutes). Let cool, and squeeze out the roasted garlic.
  4. Coat the inside of the slow cooker pot with olive oil.
  5. Add the salt and pepper to all sides of the pork.
  6. Rub the roasted garlic on all sides of the pork.
  7. Drizzle honey and sprinkle thyme on all sides of the pork.
  8. To the slow cooker, add the pork, and drizzle the Sriracha sauce on top.
  9. Cover with the lid, and let cook on the low setting for 4 hours.
  10. Heat a small pan on low heat, and add about a cup of the sauce from the slow cooker and the apple juice.
  11. To a small bowl, add the cornstarch and just enough water to make a liquid paste. Whisk together.
  12. 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.
  13. Transfer the pork to a cutting board, and slice. Top with lemon juice, and transfer to serving dishes.
  14. Drizzle the sauce on top of the pork, and serve with your favorite side dishes.
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