Sunday, January 12, 2014

EASY Pork Tenderloin with Cranberry Sauce

Today I wanted to share this crock pot pork recipe with you. It's the perfect meal for a blustery winter night, plus, it's nice enough for company. (Bonus - it only takes about 15 minutes of your time to prepare!)

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At the end of the cooking time, the chunks of pork were fork tender, but they stayed together (the meat didn't shred in the crock pot like pulled pork). The sauce is sweet from the cranberry, but savory from the pork juices.

If you have kids, I was worried that my kids wouldn't like this, and even had "back-up" leftover spaghetti at the ready, but they devoured this - and they are picky with a capital P.



    • 4 lbs boneless pork tenderloin, cut into chunks
    • 1 (16 ounce) can whole berry cranberry sauce
    • 1/3 cup red wine
    • 1/2 small lemon, thinly sliced
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1 tsp powdered ginger
    • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
    • 2 tablespoons cold water
    • Cooked rice (or mashed potatoes). We used Zataran's Rice and Black Beans.


  1. Put the pork in crock pot.
  2. Mix cranberry sauce, and wine in a bowl.
  3. Stir in lemon, garlic, ginger, mustard, salt, and pepper.
  4. Pour the sauce over the pork in the crock pot, and cover. Cook on low for 4-6 hours. (I stirred every hour or so).
  5. Remove pork and keep warm. You can put it on a platter in a warm oven.
  6. Measure 3 cups of cooking juices and pour into saucepan, and bring to a boil.
  7. In a cup dissolve cornstarch in cold water, and stir into the juices in the saucepan. Cook the sauce, stirring, until thickened.
  8. Serve the pork over rice (or potatoes), with sauce.

NOTE: I did not have to thicken the sauce (steps 7 & 8), because it was thick enough the way it was. (And because I was being lazy).


Anonymous said...

This recipe sounds wonderful! I wanted to make sure I have it right…it says 1/3 red wine. Does that mean 1/3 cup? I don't mean to be silly, I just wanted to make sure I wasn't supposed to use another 1/3 measurement . Thanks so much

Unknown said...

Oooh, sorry! Yes, 1/3 cup of red wine! I will edit now! Julia

Beverley Baird said...

What perfect timing - I just took out a pork tenderloin for tomorrow! I will definitely try this recipe. Thanks so much.

Unknown said...

Beverley, I hope you like it!!! Julia

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

That looks DELICIOUS!!!

aimee said...

This looks YUMMY! I'm always looking for new crockpot recipes to add to the collection.

Unknown said...

Thank you Amy and Aimee! It actually tastes better than it looks. Not the most colorful dish, but it is yummy! Julia

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

This sounds so yummy Julia. I have some cranberry sauce that I need to use, so I'm going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year!

Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

Oh yum! This looks and sound amazing, and so easy too! I've got to buy me a pork roast. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


Becky Elmuccio said...

This looks fantastic and perfect for the winter! Please feel free to swing by my Tuesday Greens linky at and link up any of your real food recipes. Thanks and have a great week!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Looks Yummy!

I am co hosting Fluster's Creative Muster Link Party and I want to thank you for linking up!!


Unknown said...

This looks so good! Pinning, for sure!
Thanks for sharing on Twirl & Take a Bow last week! :)

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