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Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

by Nellie

This awesome crockpot brown sugar balsamic pork tenderloin recipe will become an instant family favorite! Slow cooked for 6 hours brushed with a delicious sauce, you will make this recipe over and over!

On Sunday morning I woke up knowing that I wanted to be hands off, some Sundays I love to nurse different pots and spend my entire day in the kitchen.

Other Sundays, (like this one) I just want to set it and forget it. So I took a look at my crockpot board on Pinterest and decided I’d be making some Pork Tenderloin for dinner!

Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

I love pork tenderloin because of the high protein/low fat content. You can pretty much make this with everything, rice, salad, mashed potatoes or even vegetables–it’s versatile like that!

This tenderloin is glazed with a perfect tangy sweet glaze that is not too overpowering but so delicious!

I didn’t have all of the ingredients–the original recipe called for sage (so I put my favorite parsley instead) and a fresh garlic clove (I used 1/2 tsp minced garlic instead–I like garlic a lot).

The best part of the recipe for me was the actual browning of the pork…I love a crisp skin on meat, I would have browned it even more but my hubs might have objected a bit. πŸ™‚

You set your oven on broil and leave it there for a few minutes to watch the magic happen! 

The meat is fork tender after hours of slow cooking and its so good! I generally serve it as the main meat for dinner but I could easily see this being served on home Hawaiian rolls for a tasty lunch.

If you are looking for more crockpot recipes be sure to check out this Easy Pepper Steak Recipe  & more of my Favorite Recipes For Busy Moms!

What ingredients are needed for Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Pork Tenderloin?

Pork tenderloin
Ground sage

Black Pepper
Crushed garlic
Brown sugar
Balsamic Vinegar
Soy sauce

You won’t need any olive oil, worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, or chicken broth for this recipe.

What should I eat this pork tenderloin with?

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My favorite is white rice and veggies. Sandwiches is a great option but be careful not to overwhelm with other toppings because the flavor is pretty strong by itself.

I could easily do mashed potatoes with it as well. It’s such a yummy comfort food that your Sunday (or any day) dinner will never be the same!

What is the best part of this crockpot tenderloin recipe?

The sauce of course! Everyone always raves about how good the sauce is. It’s great with rice or even on other proteins!

This slow cooker recipe is great with a side dish of green beans, sweet potatoes, red potatoes or even cranberry sauce.

This slow cooker pork loin roast is an amazing pork tenderloin and one of those easy dinner recipes for busy weeknights. When it comes to slow cooker meals this crockpot pork tenderloin is one of those easy dinners for the whole family.

Be sure to grab your meat thermometer to check the internal temperature on the crock pot pork tenderloin. This pork loin recipe is an easy recipe that you can cook all day on the low setting.

It produces a super tender meat and it’s one of those low fuss recipes. This slow cooker pork roast recipe is made from a juicy pork loin roast and will satisfy even the most picky eater.

Why is pork loin tough in crockpot?

Pork loin is a very lean cut of meat, and as such, it can be tough when cooked in a crockpot. The key to cooking pork loin in a crockpot is to cook it on a low setting for a longer period of time. This allows the pork loin to cook slowly and evenly, resulting in a tender and juicy final product.

The best part for me is the broiling at the end. It’s both crispy AND soft. The best of both worlds!

How do I cook a pork loin so it doesn’t dry out?

There are a few things you can do to prevent your pork loin from drying out. First, make sure you don’t overcook it. Pork loin is best cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Secondly, choose a cut of pork loin that has some fat marbled throughout it. This will help keep the pork loin moist as it cooks. Finally, if you are cooking the pork loin in a crockpot, be sure to add some liquid to the pot so that the pork loin doesn’t dry out during cooking.

Can I just double the cook time of the tenderloin on the high setting?

I strongly recommend taking the time to really let the pork cook on the low setting. I haven’t tried the high setting but if it works for someone please let me know in the comments!

Pork tenderloin can get to be really expensive so might as well spend the time to make sure it’s perfect!

What is the difference between pork tenderloin and pork loin?

Pork tenderloin is a smaller and more tender cut of meat than pork loin. Pork tenderloin is also leaner, making it a healthier option. However, because it is leaner, it can also be more difficult to cook without drying it out.

Pork loin is a larger cut of meat that is not as tender as pork tenderloin. However, because it has more fat, it is easier to cook without drying it out. Pork loin is also a less expensive option than pork tenderloin.

What should I do with pork tenderloin leftovers?

There are a few things you can do with leftover pork loin. First, you can slice it and serve it as sandwiches. Add some BBQ sauce or other condiments to the sandwich for extra flavor.

Another option is to dice the pork loin and add it to a salad. This is a great way to add some extra protein to your salad. Finally, you can also shred the pork loin and use it as a topping for nachos or tacos.

What are some other great slow cooker recipes that you should try?

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Slow Cooker Apple Cinnamon Rolls Casserole

Delicious Slow Cooker Cuban Ropa Vieja

Slow Cooker Cheesy Vegetable Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken and Wild Rice Soup Recipe

Should I sear my pork tenderloin before putting it in the crockpot?

There are a few schools of thought on this. Some people believe that searing the pork tenderloin before cooking it in the crockpot helps to lock in the juices, resulting in a juicier final product.

Others believe that searing the pork tenderloin before cooking it in the crockpot can make it tougher.

How do you cook pork tenderloin without drying it out?

Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat that can easily dry out if not cooked properly. One way to prevent this from happening is to cook it on low heat for a longer period of time.

This will allow the pork to retain its moisture and stay juicy. Another tip is to avoid overcooking the pork tenderloin. It is best to cook it until it is just slightly pink in the center.

This will ensure that it is cooked through but still moist. Finally, be sure to let the pork tenderloin rest for a few minutes before slicing or serving. This will help to lock in the juices and prevent the meat from drying out.

Juicy and Tender Pork Tenderloin

The best part about this amazing pork tenderloin is the glaze! The Balsamic Brown Sugar glaze is so good and can be made with multiple meats. It’s a super easy sauce that comes together with stirring in your sauce pan on medium-high heat.

This simple pork tenderloin recipe is so good and the best way to make a great Sunday dinner. This crock pot pork loin will be your new favorite slow cooker recipe.

Ultimately, the decision of whether or not to sear your pork tenderloin before cooking it in the crockpot is up to you. If you do choose to sear it, be sure not to overcook the pork tenderloin, as this can make it tough. I personally do not, the broiling at the end gives it a great seared “look”.

Why is the slow cooker the best way to cook pork tenderloin?

There are a few reasons why the slow cooker is the best way to cook pork tenderloin. First, the slow cooker cooks the pork tenderloin slowly and evenly, ensuring that it is cooked through without drying out.

Secondly, the slow cooker keeps the pork tenderloin moist as it cooks, making it juicier and more flavorful. Finally, the slow cooker is very convenient and easy to use, making it the perfect cooking method for busy people.

Can you overcook pork loin in slow cooker?

Yes, you can overcook pork loin in slow cooker. If you overcook pork loin, it will become tough and dry.

Where can I serve this amazing brown sugar balsamic crockpot pork tenderloin?

There are a few great places to serve this delicious pork dish. First, you can serve it over a bed of rice or quinoa. This is a great option if you are looking for a complete meal.

This pork tenderloin is great for a dinner party, or anytime. My picky eating children even love it!

This simple pork tenderloin is one of our favorite family recipes for a reason!

Can I shred pork tenderloin?

Yes, you can shred pork tenderloin. Pork tenderloin is a great option for shredding because it is so lean. This makes it a great option for using in tacos, burritos, or as a topping on nachos.

To shred pork tenderloin, simply place it in a bowl and use two forks to shred it. Alternatively, you can also place the pork tenderloin in a stand mixer and mix on low until shredded. Usually I just shred the pork inside of the slow cooker.

This amazing slow cooker pork tenderloin recipe is one of those delicious pork recipes you will make again and again!

Enjoy and be sure to let me know what you think!

Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Yield: 6 servings

Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Additional Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 8 hours 24 minutes

This amazing pork tenderloin recipe will impress even the most pickiest eater. The glaze is the star of the show!


  • 2 pounds Pork tenderloin
  • 1 teaspoon Ground sage
  • Β½ teaspoon Salt
  • ΒΌ teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 clove Garlic; crushed
  • Β½ cup Water
  • Β½ cup Brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Cornstarch
  • ΒΌ cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • Β½ cup Water
  • 2 tablespoons Soy sauce


  1. Mix together the seasonings: sage, salt, pepper and garlic.
  2. Rub over tenderloin. Place ½ cup water in slow cooker; place tenderloin in slow cooker.
  3. Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
  4. A hour before the roast is finished, mix together the ingredients for the glaze in a small sauce pan: brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, water, soy sauce.
  5. Heat over medium and stir until mixture thickens, about 4 minutes.
  6. Brush roast with glaze 2 or 3 times during the last hour of cooking. (For a more caramelized crust: remove from crockpot and place on aluminum lined sheet pan, glaze, and set under broiler for 1-2 minutes until bubbly and caramelized. Repeat 2 to 3 more times until desired crust is achieved.)
  7. Serve with remaining glaze on the side.
  8. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 299Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 110mgSodium 563mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 0gSugar 16gProtein 40g

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Kristina Walters March 27, 2014 - 5:18 am

This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 8:59 pm

You are very welcome Kris! πŸ™‚

Bonnie September 13, 2022 - 8:03 pm

I made this with chicken as well. Delicious

Nellie September 18, 2022 - 5:58 pm

Now I need to try!

Lashawn March 27, 2014 - 6:02 am

This looks great! I’m always looking for easy recipes for Sundays in the crock pot! I have so many Pinterest recipes pinned it’s a shame! Yes, do tasty Thursdays!

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Me too, I need to try more out, hopefully I will become more inspired soon πŸ™‚

Allie March 27, 2014 - 6:15 am

I don’t think I’ve ever cooked pork tenderloin but this looks delicious. The best part? Set it and forget it! I love my crockpot just for recipes like this one. Thanks Nellie and I for one would love a “Tasty Thursdays” weekly post!

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:06 pm

it’s pretty yummy and so easy too! I think I am going to try maybe a twice a month tasty thursdays πŸ™‚

Janine March 27, 2014 - 7:04 am

Not even a huge pork fan, but even I think this looks delicious and want to try. Thank you for sharing and I am hosting the Pin It Party today and would love you to link this up with us!! πŸ™‚

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:06 pm

I totally linked up! Thanks Janine!! πŸ™‚

Carla March 27, 2014 - 7:48 am

Im misfit enough to wonder what would happen with CHICKEN!!!!

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:07 pm

I bet it would be just as good!

Betsy August 6, 2015 - 9:52 am

Tried it with chicken. It’s equally as delicious!! Plus, you have a little more control over how much food you want to make. Those pork loins can be huge!

Kita March 27, 2014 - 8:39 am

Would love some healthy recipes that don’t taste eewwww. This looks so good. I normally put mines on the grill I tried it in the crockpot but it didn’t turn out nothing like this.

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:08 pm

i think the main difference is broiling it for a few minutes to get a nice crispy skin. So good!

Miranda March 27, 2014 - 9:08 am

I’ve never tried pork tenderloin, but these do look good. I have a feeling my husband would love them. I love having a crockpot especially for those busy days when you are too tired to care. lol

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:08 pm

exactly, somedays I have the cooking bug….other days? no so much! πŸ™‚

Michelle March 27, 2014 - 9:55 am

I use the crockpot for pork a lot…I have a recipe from House of Yumm I am planning on trying this weekend for teriyaki pork sliders. I also tend to make chili verde with pork in the crockpot. This recipe looks delicious!

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:09 pm

the crockpot is so my bestie πŸ™‚

Kim March 27, 2014 - 11:37 am

Oh – this looks awesome!! I love using my crock pot and am always looking for new recipes to try!!!

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:11 pm

hope you enjoy!

FitBritt March 27, 2014 - 12:19 pm

I love my crockpot! Oh man, it is so easy to cook meat like pork tenderloin or pork shoulder. It comes out so good!

Nellie March 27, 2014 - 8:26 pm

It does! I have tried it in the oven and it takes forever and sometimes it dries it out!

Tamara March 27, 2014 - 8:54 pm

My husband is a huge pork fan. He’s never cooked it in the crockpot, though, and it’s never looked this good!

Nellie March 30, 2014 - 1:39 pm

You must make him try! I am convinced it’s the best way! πŸ™‚

Sherri March 28, 2014 - 11:46 am

This looks amazing!! Me and my crockpot are best friends! I will certainly be trying this πŸ™‚

Nellie March 30, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Awesome Sherri! Thanks for stopping by!

Leslie March 29, 2014 - 11:37 am

Mmmmmmm! We have some pork in the freezer and this looks like the perfect use for those extra busy days!

Gaye March 30, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Hi Nellie – This looks fantastic! I love making pork tenderloin in the Crockpot, and this looks especially good. Thanks so much for sharing with the Let’s Get Real party. I’m pinning it to our group board and tweeting it.

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:13 pm

Hi Gaye,

Thank you so much for hosting this pin it party! I had fun looking through and pinning all the pins. I surely appreciate your tweets and pins of this recipe! Can’t wait to join again soon πŸ™‚

Britton March 31, 2014 - 9:33 am

That looks gooood Nellie! I’m not a big fan of pork, but this really looks like something I would want to try. I would love to use my crock pot a bit more, but the man doesn’t really meals from the crock pot…BOO…BOOO…BOOOO! I don’t use it as often as I would like!

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Once you broil the pork, it comes out so crispy that the man would never know! πŸ™‚

Stephanie March 31, 2014 - 11:26 am

This looks amazing. We normally marinate and grill tenderloin – this would be a great change. I’m pinning for later!

Nellie March 31, 2014 - 9:14 pm

Yay! I hope you enjoy πŸ™‚

Jai April 2, 2014 - 11:52 am

I need to try this it looks tummy. I need to start meal planning.

K. Elizabeth April 2, 2014 - 10:43 pm

I love a good pork tenderloin! And it’s in a crockpot too! Will be trying this recipe.

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Sarah June 23, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Oh. My. Goodness. I made this today for the first time, and it was delicious. So so easy and the glaze – YUM. So glad I have left overs.

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Nellie June 30, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Thanks so much for the feedback! So glad you enjoyed πŸ™‚

Paola Patel August 3, 2014 - 7:35 pm

Thank you for the awesome recipe! My previous CrockPot attempt was so bad it was slightly embarrassing, but this pork tenderloin turned out to be delicious!! πŸ™‚ Also, I used chicken stock instead of water in the crockpot and it turned out great!

LAuren October 16, 2014 - 8:45 pm

could you cook it IN the glaze instead of in just water in the crock pot?

Ellie October 22, 2015 - 6:31 pm

Trying this tonight! Looks so good! What do you serve it with?

Emme January 21, 2016 - 11:47 pm

I made this recipe last weekend, and it was delicious. I did do the broiler suggestion at the end of the recipe, removing the tenderloin from the crockpot, brushing the glaze on three of four times and putting it under the broiler for s minute or two each time. It made the glaze really shiny and crisp. The meat literally fell apart as I cut into it! Served it with a broccoli and apple gratin, roasted potatoes and a chopped salad. Apple crisp for dessert. Nice meal!

Karen October 22, 2018 - 12:24 pm

I made this recipe for my family and it was so delicious. I put the glaze on during the last hour in the crock pot and finished it up under the broiler adding more glaze. My family all loved this recipe and want the recipe for themselves to make. The leftover glaze is delicious to put over the meat as well. Definitely recommend this and this will become one of my favourite ways to cook pork tenderloin.

Carla Cooper-Hicks August 24, 2019 - 11:34 am

I love how you are so dedicated to fitness AND put such yummy recipes on Pinterest! We’re going to have your Crockpot Brown Sugar Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin Recipe today! My husband picked it out! :>)

Sharan September 4, 2020 - 8:55 pm

This according to my husband is delicious! I’m vegan but make him meals. I put under broiler twice and ur was perfect! Will be making again!

Jodi Dykstra February 6, 2021 - 11:34 pm

Nellie, thanks for a great recipe to add to my collection. This might be our family’s favorite way yet to make pork tenderloin. Definitely a keeper!!!

Danielle April 11, 2021 - 3:19 pm

Just to be clear- the last hour do I move the tenderloin to the broiler for 3 min then back to the crock, and repeat every 15 min (move tenderloin to broiler then back to crock) until final hour is completed with last broiling?

Nellie April 11, 2021 - 3:21 pm

No! When you are done with the crockpot altogether (glazed and etc) you can move to broiler for extra crispiness.

Brenda July 7, 2021 - 7:36 pm

This sounds so good! Can’t wait to try it.

Susan August 21, 2021 - 8:41 pm

This was simple to do, but so delicious. My family loved it.

Marcy October 24, 2021 - 9:26 pm

I made this today for the first time & we loved it. It was very easy

Cathi May 18, 2022 - 7:38 pm

This recipe was fantastic! I needed to do something with a tenderloin I had, searched and found this recipe. A lot of times recipes don’t turn out right but THIS! This was amazing. My husband, who won’t eat tenderloin for some reason actually ate it and liked it. Definitely adding this to my favorites as a rotation.

Megan June 1, 2022 - 6:16 pm

This is absolutely delicious! Making it for the second time tonight and the hubby and I are both very excited! A little more work than a “normal” crock pot recipe, but totally worth it for that not-mushy-awesomely-crispy skin!! Made it with rice last time and the sauce was great! Might consider doubling sauce it was so good! Great leftovers too!

Jayne June 19, 2022 - 9:20 pm

I love pork tenderloin and make it on regular basis. Sounds perfect for a summer dinner (no heat in the kitchen).thank you for your recipe. Will get back to you when the votes are in πŸ™‚

Toni October 13, 2022 - 4:15 pm

This sounds sooooo good!! Can I add my potatoes and carrots to this?? One pot meal!!!

Daryl November 2, 2022 - 9:06 pm

OMG….Just made raised for the first time & it was amazing! I followed recipe exactly except substituted thyme for sage as I didn’t have sage. My adult son is a picky eager & he gobbled it down & wanted more. Good thing I had made 2 tenderloins & doubled the sauce. Definitely will be making again soon!

Lola November 10, 2022 - 8:39 pm

I was looking for something different to do with a pork loin I’d taken out of the freezer. With winter having set in hard up here in Alberta, Canada I wanted some warm comfort food. I buy large pork loins all the time as they often go on sale. I found your recipe on pinterest and thought I’ll just cut my prok loin in half and cooked both halves at the same time just doubling the rub and glaze amounts. THIS TURNED OUT AMAZING! I served it with warm buttery rice and steamed broccoli and the family devoured it and asked for seconds. Good thing I have two! Then I imediately wrote the recipe down in my recipe file to save for when we have company over. Thanks for the recipe.

Clif Edwards November 14, 2022 - 10:56 pm

Hi, Nellieu
I tried this for my family with a few differences. My pork tenderloin was frozen solid and I read your recipe for the first time about 2 1/2 hours before dinner is supposed to be done. I changed my thought process from the slow cooker, as I didn’t have time, to the InstaPot. I have tried several different things in the InstaPot when it wasn’t supposed to be the InstaPot, they turned out great. My tenderloin was way too long so I sawed it in half with my large serrated knife; I had to break the last 10% of it-this was really frozen! I did a little math in my head and came up with a plan using the brochure the InstaPot came with.
The instructions were for 1 pound of thawed meat. Mine was 2.25 pounds AND frozen! I played with the amount of/and the ingredients to try to get the results like yours. Guess what? It came out better than I anticipated! It (the sauce) was a little tart for my sister, so next time I will cut the balsamic back to 1/2 cup. I had doubled it which was WAY TOO MUCH! The sauce, I thought, was great and I soaked the rice with it. I will also use the sauce on chicken and salmon. I signed up for your newsletter; keep the new ideas coming.
Thank you from Apache Junction,AZ.
Clif Edwards


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