Amazing Pork Tenderloin in the Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are amazing things. All they need is a few ingredients and time, and you’ve got a delicious meal just waiting for you to come home and enjoy. What’s really fantastic about them is that they’re so versatile. You don’t have to just make a stew every night, and you don’t need to suffer through the same flavors, the same ingredients, or even the same meats. It’s easy to try something new in a slow cooker, and it’s even better to find something new to enjoy. So try our amazing pork tenderloin in your slow cooker, and revamp your family dinner night!

Ingredients

2 lbs pork tenderloin
2 cups onion, sliced
½ cup water or meat broth of your choice
¾ cup red wine
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons minced garlic
Black Pepper to taste

Pork Tenderloin

How to Make

Place your tenderloin in the slow cooker so that it sits at the bottom in relative comfort, and pour the water, wine, and soy sauce over it, until it sits in the middle of a little pond. If you’re concerned about the red wine, don’t worry. The alcohol content of it is cooked away, so that this meal can be enjoyed by all ages. Place the onions, garlic, and black pepper along the top of the tenderloin, and cover with a lid. Cook in the slow cooker for 4 hours, or until a meat thermometer reads at least 145F. This will ensure your pork is fully cooked, inside and out. Pull out and serve!

Why a Slow Cooker?

While it might seem like it should be just as easy to stuff the tenderloin in the oven, sometimes we need more time, or less heat. If you are in a warm area, and struggling to remain cool, turning on the oven is probably the last idea on your list. An oven requires less time to cook, but you do have to keep an eye on the tenderloin during that time. With a slow cooker, you turn it on, set a timer, and go about your business, without having to worry. It’s simple and easy, keeps the heat source contained, and can be placed anywhere you need it.

If you really can’t keep your house cool, you can even plug it into a socket in your garage, just to make sure it won’t heat up your house at all! An oven requires a lot more energy, a lot more heat, and doesn’t contain it quite as well. It can also be a hassle to clean, takes time to preheat, and needs all sorts of anti-stick items and aluminum foil and what not. The slow cooker is simple. Just toss in the ingredients and put a lid on.

Try out this recipe whenever you next have the time, and learn why many people are falling in love with slow cookers all over again. It’s simple, it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort on your part, and you get it right every time!

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Shopping for a Crock Pot?: The Top 5 Slow Cookers

Slow Cookers

Slow cookers can, sometimes, be life changing! You can throw in all the ingredients and set it on low heat in the morning before work and then voilà—dinner is ready to be served by the time you get home. So the real question is: Which slow cooker should you buy? There are hundreds of different brands out there on the market with a broad range in costs. I have narrowed down the top 5 Slow Cookers to help you decide which one is best for you.

 

  1. The All-Clad 6.5 Quart Electric Slow Cooker

This slow cooker has it all! It is a great looking appliance, as it is stainless steal. It also features an electronic timer that can cook food for 26 hours. Whether you want to cook on high for 3 hours or on low for 8, the All-Clad will automatically switch to the “keep warm” setting once the cook time runs out. This slow cooker also features a ceramic insert, allowing for easy cleaning. Lastly, it comes with a one-year warranty. The only con about this product is the weight—it’s about 18 pounds! This is good because it means that it is durable, however moving the slow cooker and cleaning the insert may seem tedious due to its weight.

The All-Clad 6.5 Quart Electric Slow Cooker costs $179.99 and can be found at Macys, CHEFS catalogue, Bed Bath & Beyond, Crate and Barrel, and Sur La Table, just to name a few.

  1. The Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker

This slow cooker is very similar to the All-Clad slow cooker: It is a stainless steal appliance with a six and a half quart stoneware insert. It also features the electronic timer and controls that will allow you to cook food for up to 24 hours. And, it also will automatically switch to the “keep warm” setting after the cook time runs out. This cooker is also very heavy—at about 20 pounds, it is one of the heaviest on the market today.

The Cuisinart Programmable Slow Cooker costs $99.99 and can be found at Cuisinart.com and Bed Bath & Beyond.

  1. The Crock-Pot 6.5 Quart Touchscreen Slow Cooker

It is another stainless steal cooker that features an electronic timer and settings. It has the easy to use touchscreen and silicon handles that wont burn you. It also switches to the “keep warm” setting once the timer runs out. It weighs about 12 pounds and the insert comes out for easy cleaning.

The Crock-Pot 6.5 Quart Touchscreen Slow Cooker costs $89.99 and can be found at crock-pot.com, Overstock.com, Bed Bath & Beyond and some Walmart stores.

  1. The Crock-Pot Countdown Slow Cooker with Hinged Lid

This is also a stainless steal appliance that features the electronic controls. You can cook food for 20 hours and then the “keep warm” setting will automatically turn on. The insert is removable for easy cleaning and the hinged lid also makes for less splatter and spills when checking on the food. It also comes with a cook book of over 50 recipes. It is not as heavy as the other cookers, only weighing about 11 pounds.

The Crock-Pot Countdown Slow Cooker with Hinged Lid costs $59.99 and can be found at crockpot.com, Overstock.com, and some Walmart stores

  1. The Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker

This slow cooker is just as the name infers:  3 cookers in one slow cooker! It comes with three different sized ceramic inserts- a two quart, four quart, and six quart. These different sizes make it easy to make a variety of meals. I found two downsides to this product. The first is that, like the All-Clad, the cooker weights about 18 pounds. Also, it does not have a digital timer and settings so it will not automatically go into the “keep warm” setting like the All-Clad and Cuisinart.

The Hamilton Beach 3-in-One Slow Cooker costs $75 and can be found at hamiltonbeach.com, Overstock.com, and some Walmart stores.

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