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Pork tenderloin teriyaki is so flavorful and tender, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for an easy dinner tonight.
This recipe is teriyaki style with ingredients I have on hand on the regular. Due to my food allergies and food beliefs, there are many recipes I can’t make or have to make substitutions to and this is my spin on teriyaki style flavor.
I love making anything in the crock pot so I wanted to see if I could create an amazing recipe with a pork tenderloin in my slow cooker. You just prepare your ingredients, dump them in, and set it to go.
Teriyaki is a sauce that’s usually made with orange juice, brown sugar, and mirin which is a Japanese vinegar. I don’t keep mirin on hand, and I use raw sugar, so I put my own spin on this flavor combination with what I had on hand.
I know the balsamic vinegar gives it a depth of flavor that’s even more amazing than traditional teriyaki.
Pork tenderloin crock pot
Pork tenderloin is different than pork loin. It’s a small, thin, long strip of meat that is darker than the pork loin and packed full of flavor. Pork is my favorite meat anyway so I loved working on this recipe.
I love to buy local free-range grass-fed meat, so I got this pork tenderloin from my regular meat producers for pork and beef, Horsely Farms meats nearby.
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Vegetables
I wanted to add some vegetables to this. Traditionally you could serve it with rice or even noodles, but I much prefer veggies, so I looked around to see what I had in the kitchen. I had a few potatoes and a butternut squash and I loved the flavor combination that ended up happening.
This recipe doesn’t claim to be a traditional Japanese teriyaki meal, so I didn’t stick with traditional there either. But these flavors, bam!
Teriyaki pork tenderloin
I wanted a set it and forget it meal, and where else do we turn for that than our crock pots. Since the meat is thin, you wouldn’t be able to use this meal for an all-day at work setting, but you sure could set it and go out shopping for a while or to run errands. I find anything that’s ready when we come home from somewhere to be super helpful in a busy life.
You can also make amazing pork tenderloin in the oven.
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Pork tenderloin is a quick-cooking meat and makes an easy dinner idea that doesn’t take long to make.
Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Crock Pot Recipe
- Crock pot
- 4 small potatoes whole
- 1 butternut squash, peeled and cut into large pieces the size of the potatoes
- 1 onion, peeled and cut in half
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 2 T spicy mustard
- 1 T ginger, freshly ground
- 1/4 c soy sauce
- 2 T raw sugar
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- 1 t salt
- 1/2 c fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1/2 c water or beef or chicken stock, whatever you have on hand.
- Place vegetables in crock pot
- Place tenderloin on top
- Add the rest of the ingredients
- Cook on high for 2-3 hours until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145 degrees
- Remove meat from crock pot to rest
- Remove vegetables and set aside
- Pour sauce into sauce pan
- Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until reduced and thickened
- Slice pork and drizzle glaze over top
- Serve with vegetables
Frozen pork tenderloin in the crock pot
To use a frozen pork tenderloin in this recipe, you can just cook it longer. Your vegetables will be pretty soggy, so you could remove them half way, but just cook the tenderloin until that same 145 degrees in the center and you’ll be good to go. You’re going to love it.
For more quick easy dinner ideas with pork, check this post out.