So many people put apples and pork together as the match made in heaven. But honestly – apricot and pork is the real divine medley! This is such a simple but full of flavor pork dish, you are going to flip! If you haven’t embraced your slow cooker for more than soups… you are missing out. Cooking pork tenderloin in the slow cooker is the perfect main for your dinner. Apricot Pork Tenderloin has so much flavor you will be over the moon.
I always thought pork and apple was the piggy and fruit combo. But apricot came for me and won. Apricot has a slightly bolder flavor when cooked into meats. And using preserves or jam with meats keeps it juicy and tender. I used a hot honey instead of regular honey so that you still get that sweetness but a little fire too. If you can’t find hot honey or don’t want the heat, you can use regular honey. Or you can make your own by adding some cayenne to your honey.
This pork would go great with lots of different sides. Rice, potatoes, pasta, veggies. I decided to serve it with my Balsamic Risotto. It is essentially a parmesan risotto with balsamic vinegar added in. I wanted the side to have a bold flavor like the meat. And if you haven’t had balsamic and apricot together – you need to try it!
Now Let’s Get Cookin’!
Apricot Pork Tenderloin
- Slow Cooker (at least 6qt)
- 2 Pork Tenderloins about 3 lbs total
- 1 cup Chicken or Vegetable Broth
- 12 oz Apricot Jam
- ½ cup Hot Honey
- 1 tbsp Thyme
- 4 Garlic Cloves minced
- ⅓ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tsp Salt
- 1 tsp Pepper
- Place tenderloins in bottom of slow cooker, pushed out to outer edge, leaving center space open.
- In a bowl, combine remaining ingredients in a bowl. Pour over pork, secure lid and cook on low for 6 hours.
- Remove tenderloins to cutting board and let sit for 5 minutes before slicing. Stir sauce in slow cooker to re-combine. Drizzle over top of pork when serving.
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