Slow cooker Cranberry Pork Tenderloin is easy to make. The pork tenderloin combined with cranberry and orange offers so much flavor! This will be the star of your holiday dinner table or any time you decide to make it!
Cranberry Pork Tenderloin (in the Slow cooker)
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If you are looking for a festive dish this holiday season, this cranberry pork tenderloin is a perfect choice. It is easy to make, tastes delicious, and looks super festive for the season. In fact, we actually eat this slow cooker pork tenderloin recipe all year long.
There is something about a slow-roasted pork tenderloin combined with the cranberry and orange flavor that make my taste buds sing!
This is definitely a go-to recipe for Sunday dinner, special guests, or a special meal for any occasion.
I love how simple it is to prep this slow cooker pork tenderloin recipe. With just a few simple steps, you will have a beautiful picture-perfect meal ready to enjoy!
Ready to make Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with cranberries and oranges?
Cranberry Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 4-5 hours on low depending on the size internal temp of 145 degrees
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Ingredients for Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce:
3 lbs pork tenderloin
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
1 Tb olive oil
1 16oz bag fresh or frozen cranberries
½ cup of water
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 orange, zested and juiced
⅛ cup balsamic vinegar
1-2 inch sprig of fresh rosemary
How to make Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce
First, you will want to sprinkle your pork tenderloin with salt and pepper.
Then in a large frying pan, heat up your olive oil on medium heat.
Place your pork tenderloin in the pan once the oil is hot. Brown each side of the pork tenderloin.
Once brown on all sides, place the tenderloin in the slow cooker and turn it to low.
In a small saucepan, combine cranberries, water, and maple syrup and bring to a boil.
You will want to cook this for about 5 minutes or until cranberries begin to split.
Remove about ½ cup of cranberry sauce from the saucepan and set aside. You will want to use this when you serve your pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce.
Slowly add the orange zest, juice from the orange, and balsamic vinegar to the saucepan with the remaining cranberry sauce.
Stir until well mixed.
Then pour over the tenderloin in the slow cooker.
Place the sprig of fresh rosemary on top of pork tenderloin and cover.
Cook your pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce on low for 4-5 hours. Remove from the slow cooker when the internal temperature is 145 degrees.
Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.
Serve with reserved ½ cup cranberry sauce on top and additional orange zest, if desired.
Tips and Tricks for Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cranberries
Should I let the pork tenderloin rest after I remove it from the slow cooker?
Yes, you will want to let your pork tenderloin rest after it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
Once your pork tenderloin with fresh cranberries reaches 145 then remove it from the slow cooker and let it rest. This seals in the juices of the pork and makes it even more delicious!
I don’t have maple syrup, can I use something else?
If you find yourself making the best pork tenderloin slow cook recipe and you realize you don’t have maple syrup at home, don’t panic and don’t hop in the car and run to the store.
While I do prefer using maple syrup you can substitute it for granulated sugar. So instead of ½ of maple syrup go ahead and use a ½ cup of sugar and you will be fine.
Do I need to save the cranberry sauce?
You do not need to save the cranberry sauce for the topping, but it does look so pretty and does taste quite delicious, so I highly recommend it!
Can you slow cook pork too long?
Overcooking pork is pretty hard to do. As long as your slow cooker has moisture in it the meat just keeps getting more and more tender.
If this happens with your Cranberry pork tenderloin in the slow cooker, when you go to slice your tenderloin it won’t slice very well. It will actually begin to pull.
It will still taste amazing, it just won’t look as pretty.
How long does pork take in the slow cooker?
If you are cooking your pork on low it will take about 4-5 hours. You will want to make sure the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. This meat thermometer is my favorite for checking internal temperatures.
Can I cook on high instead of low in the slow cooker?
If you have time to allow your pork tenderloin to cook on low, the do it, but if time is an issue you can cook on high without compromising the flavor.
Note that the ratio from low to high is for every hour on high equals two hours on low.
Can I use pork loin instead of pork tenderloin?
Pork loin and pork tenderloin are two different cuts of meat from two different places of the pig.
Pork loin is wide and thick, while pork tenderloin is narrow and long. I suggest using pork tenderloin, but if you don’t have it or can’t find it pork loin will do, but it might not be as tender and might take longer to cook. So, be sure you check for an internal temperature of 145 degrees.
What do I serve with pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce?
When I make this pork tenderloin with cranberry sauce I typically serve with mashed potatoes and steamed green beans with a little butter, salt, and pepper.
There you have it! The best pork tenderloin slow cooker recipe!
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Michele is a Family Life Educator with her degree in marriage and family studies. She is a mom to 5 kids and loves helping others strengthen their families! When she is not blogging she is spending time with her family and running around drinking Diet Coke trying to get everything done!