Fall is the perfect time to let your crock pot make this Pork Tenderloin with Apples dinner. It is such an easy, delicious meal. Prep it in the morning and by evening you’ll have a hearty and healthy meal ready to eat. The pork is so tender and flavorful! This is a great way to use apples in the fall!
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We made this pork tenderloin a few weeks ago and the two of us literally ate the entire batch in one sitting. The meat was tender and infused with a delicious apple-onion flavor. The moisture from the apples really help the pork stay tender and juicy. We are hoping to get to an apple orchard tomorrow and if we do, this will be on the menu again very soon.
By the way, do you know the trick for keeping apples from turning brown while you peel, core and slice?
KEEP YOUR APPLES FROM BROWNING
When chopping and peeling the apples, fill a large bowl about half with cool water and squeeze the juice of 1/2 lemon into it. The lemon juice will keep your apples from getting brown while you get them prepped for the recipe. Use an apple corer/peeler if you have one because they will make this process go super fast. If you don’t have one, use a potato peeler and a knife to get the job done. You’ll need to peel, core and chop the apples. Place them into the water-lemon juice mixture as you work.
WHAT IS A PORK TENDERLOIN
Not to be confused with the similar Pork Loin, these two cuts of meat come from the same animal but appear different and have several important differences, as well. Pork Tenderloin is thin and small. It’s known for being tender, as its name suggests. It also has a finely grained texture to it.
There is not an easier, yummier meal than this one. And it is the perfect time of year for recipes that involve onion and apples and crock pots.
HOW TO MAKE A DELICIOUS TENDER PORK TENDERLOIN MEAL IN YOUR CROCK POT
This pork recipe is a great weeknight meal, all your cooking gets done during the day while you get other things done and is delicious with an apple to infuse into the meat for a filling meal!
Place a 1.5-pound pork tenderloin (use up to a 3-lb tenderloin) in a crock pot along with apple slices, onion slices and apple cider. Salt and pepper never hurt.
Cover and cook on high heat for 4 to 5 hours. Cut the pork and place on serving plates. Pour the apple-onion mixture over the top of each serving.
RECIPE TIPS: MAKE THE BEST EVER SLOW COOKER PORK!
If you prefer to let this cook slower and longer, you can adjust your cooking time to 7-8 hours on low heat.
Pick a couple different types of apples to give really great flavor. Choose from the sweet and tart list below!
If you don’t have apple cider on hand, apple juice is an acceptable substitute.
This main dish does not need any further condiments to give it great flavor but I know many people love a good BBQ sauce to dip their meat into – if so – try this wonderful homemade sauce!
With any remaining apples you have, try some of my favorite fall recipes – see them below!
SIDE DISHES FOR PORK
Any of the following sides would taste great alongside this apple pork loin meal!
TYPES OF APPLES TO USE WITH PORK TENDERLOIN
I recommend using a variety of apples and at the very least, use two kinds: one sweet and one tart. My favorite combo is Honeycrisp and Granny Smith apples.
Sweet/Softer Apple Brands
Tart (or a little Sour) Apple Brands
OTHER GREAT APPLE RECIPES
Homemade Apple Cider – Make Homemade Apple Cider in your slow cooker! It’ll warm you from the inside out with amazing flavors and it’s so delicious. It’s a must have fall drink and tastes so much better when you make it yourself. Such a great way to use up apples in the fall. Best of all, your house will smell amazing!
Apple Coffee Cake – This is the best Apple Coffee Cake recipe you’ll find. Enjoy as an indulgent breakfast treat or an any-time snack or dessert!
Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples – sprinkling of sea salt and a bit of chocolate turns Caramel Apples into an extravagant dessert.. Salted Chocolate Caramel Apples!
Apple Carrot Cake Muffins – Apples and carrots create the most delicious little muffin you could ever imagine. These babies are moist and yummy and will not last long in your kitchen. Great as a snack, breakfast or dessert!
Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin With Apples
- Crock Pot
- 1.5 lb pork loin
- 3 large apples peeled, cored and chopped
- 1 onion sliced
- 1 cup apple cider
- salt/pepper to taste
- Place the pork loin into a crockpot. Pour the apples, onion slices and apple cider over top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook on high for 4 to 5 hours or low for 7 to 8 hours.
- Cut the pork into quarters and serve, pouring the apples, onion and remaining sauce over the top.