Pork tenderloin teriyaki is so flavorful and tender, it’s a guaranteed crowd-pleaser for 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.
Crock pot pork tenderloin teriyaki recipe
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.
Can you cook pork tenderloin in the 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.
Pork Tenderloin Slow Cooker Recipe 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 in the crock pot
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.
There are other flavors you could use on the tenderloin such as the ones I used for my pork tenderloin casserole in this post. You can also make amazing pork tenderloin in the oven. It’s a quick-cooking meat and always give you an opportunity to have an easy dinner idea that doesn’t take long to make.
Sweet and sour teriyaki flavored pork tenderloin recipe that melts in your mouth. Dump everything in the crock pot and come back hours later to find a meal ready for you with vegetables and a savory meat you will love.
- 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 loin 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.
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