Slow cooker pork loin with apples

This one was going around the internet for a minute – I tried it so you don’t have to. Except that you should.


  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 1 apple*
  • 1 cup baby carrots
  • 1 cup baby potatoes
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • salt and pepper, to taste


*I used Cortland, because I didn’t want something super-sweet, but definitely didn’t want tart either. Cortland is on the sweeter side, but not too much so.

I halved the amount of meat from the original recipe – and apples, carrots, and potatoes – but kept the same amount of sauce. The sauce is really good and you will want more of it.

Make a series of cuts along the length of the pork loin and fill with an apple slice – don’t be afraid to use nice, chunky slices.

Place carrots and potatoes at the bottom of the slow cooker, then place the pork loin on top.


Whisk together remaining ingredients in a small bowl; pour over pork and vegetables.


Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 6 to 8.


When serving, spoon out some of the sauce from the pan over the pork loin – it’ll be nice and juicy.


This meal might not be significant enough to cover a Christmas dinner, but during this week when you’re busy with 83 other things getting ready for the holidays, do yourself a favor and pop this gem in the slow cooker. Free up your evening for gift wrapping, or whatever else!

Slow Cooker Pork Loin with Apple
Apple slices are inserted into a pork loin, complete with a tasty sauce and carrots and potatoes.
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  1. 1 pork tenderloin
  2. 1 apple
  3. 1 cup baby carrots
  4. 1 cup baby potatoes
  5. 3 garlic cloves, minced
  6. 3 tbsp honey
  7. 2 tbsp soy sauce
  8. 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  9. 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  10. 1 tsp cinnamon
  11. salt and pepper
  1. Use a knife to make parallel cuts along the pork loin. Place a slice of apple into each slit.
  2. Place carrots and potatoes in the slow cooker; place pork loin on top.
  3. Whisk together remaining ingredients in a small bowl; pour over pork loin and vegetables.
  4. Cook in slow cooker on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 6 to 8.
  5. When serving, spoon some of the sauce from the bottom of the pan over the pork.
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