This applesauce pork tenderloin is a wonderful crock pot meal that you can pile into your slow cooker in the morning and you’ll have a full meal waiting for you at the end of the day. Sweet tastes pair so well with pork, and this dish is loaded with it. Using a sauce made with unsweetened applesauce, honey, and dijon and filling up the slow cooker with veggies like sweet potatoes and carrots – also complementary with sweet flavors – makes for a great weeknight dinner.
I recommend giving the pork a good sear in a skillet before adding to the crock pot to give it a nice crust and enhance the flavors in the meat, but it’s okay to skip that step if you need to get this into the slow cooker and get out of the door. Enjoy!
|Slow Cooker Applesauce Pork Tenderloin & Veggies|| |
- 1 boneless pork tenderloin (~ 2lbs)
- ½ cup broth of choice
- Salt and pepper
- 2 cups unsweetened applesauce
- 1½ TBS honey
- 2 TBS dijon mustard
- 2 cups baby carrots or sliced carrots
- 2 - 3 sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
- Heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper. Sear the pork on each side until nice and brown. Remove from heat and set pork aside. Deglaze the pan with the broth and pour what's left in the skillet into the slow cooker.
- Add the applesauce, honey, and mustard to the slow cooker and stir together. Place the seared pork and vegetables into the slow cooker and stir things around a bit until coated in the sauce.
- Cook on low for about 8 hours or until pork is fall apart tender. Taste and adjust salt and pepper as needed.
Baby carrots will take longer to get fully tender, so I recommend placing them at the very bottom of the slow cooker so they are fully submerged in the sauce.
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