Monday, July 16, 2018

Slow Cooker Honey Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

Sunday's have always been a family dinner night for us.  We often get so busy during the week that a lot of our dinners end up at the kitchen island in the midst of the weekday hustle and bustle.  It's such a nice way to end the weekend, gathered around the table, talking about our favorite parts of the weekend over a home cooked meal.  Now that Loyal and I are trying to eat much healthier, limiting ourselves to one cheat meal a week, I am trying to find a happy medium between healthy and home cooked.  When we sit down on Sunday night for dinner, I don't want to feel like I'm eating grilled chicken and vegetables again.  This pork tenderloin recipe is savory and oh so tender! 
  For this recipe, I made a rub that marinates over night, creating an impact of flavor.  The honey mixed with spices and a hint of cinnamon make for a flavorful Sunday meal.  Marinating my meat overnight is something that I started doing a while back and it makes all the difference.  Once I started doing it this way, I hardly ever need a sauce to go with my meals.  Not only does this cut down on extra calories but it makes the meals so delicious! 
Sitting on top of a bed of potatoes and veggies, surrounded by sprigs of thyme, the pork will slow cook for 6 to 8 hours.  Once finished, the meat will just fall right apart.  Pork tenderloin in the crockpot is one of the most tender ways to cook pork, sealing in all the favor and juices.
The pork tenderloin is packed with sweet and savory flavor complimented by carrots that melt in your mouth.  My family isn't the biggest fans of carrots but cooked like this, they all love them.  There are so many different ways to cook pork tenderloin but the crock pot will always be one of my favorites.  The tenderness just can't be beat!
Cook time: 8 hours

Pork Tenderloin
2 Russet potatoes
1 large onion
4 stalks of celery

1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp paprika
1 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tbsp garlic powder
1 tbsp chopped thyme
1 tbsp honey
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp olive oil

To make the rub, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.  Rinse your pork and pat dry with a paper towel.  Cover the pork with rub making sure to rub it in well because the honey makes it a little more difficult to stick.  For best flavor, put pork in a ziplock bag and refrigerate over night.

Peel potatoes and carrots.  Dice all veggies leaving the pieces large.  Add to the crockpot creating a "bed" for the pork to rest on.  Before adding the pork to the crockpot, brown it on the stove top by searing it for about 2 minutes on each side.  Add to the crockpot along with a few sprigs of thyme and cook on low for 6-8 hours depending on size of tenderloin.  I usually discard everything in the crockpot except the pork and carrots.  I served this with a side salad.

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