crockpot week–balsamic pork tenderloin

Have you pulled out your crockpot yet?  I’ve shared some great recipes so far this week…soup, chicken, and oatmeal…(click for those recipes).  Today is a recipe for balsamic glazed pork tenderloin.

I can’t tell you which picky child of mine absolutely loves this, but it can’t be the vegetarian (so that only leaves two of them, and they’re BOTH picky)…that tells you how tasty and flavorful this recipe is!

While most of the food prep is done in the morning, allow yourself time to glaze the pork tenderloin with the balsamic mixture after taking it out of the crockpot.  This is what really gives it that flavor!

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Ingredients…

  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 1 tsp rubbed sage
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 T minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 2 T soy sauce

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Combine the sage, salt, pepper, and garlic in a small bowl.

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Put the pork tenderloin in the crockpot, and rub the seasonings over it.

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Pour the water in the crockpot.  Be careful not to wash off all the seasoning you just rubbed on the meat…I pour it along the side of the crockpot.

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Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours.

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As the pork is finishing in the crockpot, preheat your broiler.  Combine the ingredients (brown sugar, cornstarch, balsamic vinegar, water, and soy sauce) for the glaze in a small pan.

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Heat the mixture over medium heat and stir until it thickens.

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Cover a baking sheet with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray.  Remove the pork tenderloin from the crockpot and place it on the baking sheet.  Brush the glaze on the pork.  With the oven rack as high as it will go, broil the pork for 1-2 minutes.  Repeat 2-3 times.  Be cautious as you continue broiling the pork so that the meat doesn’t dry out.

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Serve the extra glaze with the pork.  Add some side dishes…roasted broccoli and orzo go well with the pork.

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This is such a great winter meal…comfort food at it’s best!

 

 

 

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