Growing up in Kentucky, we ate a lot of pork. Whether it was bacon, chops or tenderloin, I loved it. My mother was always a healthy cook and considered pork “the other white meat”, and pork tenderloin was one of her favorite things to make.

When you’re looking for a healthy recipe that basically cooks itself, turn no farther than this dish. Just pull out your slow cooker, quickly sear the pork, and place everything in the pot. While you’re running errands, playing with the kids or helping them with their homework, this meal will do all the cooking for you.


Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin with Apples & Sauerkraut

4.10 from 10 votes
Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 4 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes


  • 1 Tsp kosher salt
  • 1 Tbsp oil
  • 2 Pork Tenderloins (about 1 lb. each), trimmed of any fat and silver skin
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and sliced in eighths (I use an apple corer)
  • 1/2 Cup apple cider
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp fresh thyme or 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 16 oz Sauerkraut, rinsed and drained


  • Heat the oil in a large saute pan over high heat.
  • Season the pork with 1 teaspoon of salt.
  • Add the pork to a saute pan and evenly brown all sides for a total of 4 minutes.
  • Transfer the apples and remaining ingredients to a slow cooker, stir, and top with the pork tenderloins.
  • Cook on low for 2 hours or until pork reaches 155 degrees on a meat thermometer.
  • Remove tenderloins and allow them to rest for 10 minutes.
  • Slice the meat and serve.


Calories: 170kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 530mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g
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About the Author

Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. 1 star
    Am having same problem Erica. 2 hours later and tenderloin doesn’t even raise the needle on the meat thermometer. Either time or temp in recipe is not correct. Disappointed.

    1. Is there any chance you used a pork LOIN instead of TENDERLOIN? You don’t want to over cook pork in general. You can add 30 minutes to the cooking time, but don’t want to cook it much more than 2/12-3 hours on low. Hope that helps!

  2. I make this alot brown the tenderloin.I think every crock pot is different I have added sliced onion to this also.Carrots also do well in the cider mix as as sweet potatoes.My crock pot has to start in high first for like and HR then to low for about 2 depends on size of loin or tender loin But disappears everytime yummy.

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  4. My crockpot must have a different cooking temperature. I’ve been cooking the tenderloin for almost 3 hours. I turned the crockpot up to high at about an hour and 1/2 in and the pork is still not done. 2 hours on low does not seem correct, I’m guessing I’ll need at least 3 hours if not more. It’s almost 7pm and I have a couple of cranky/hungry guys. It looks and smells good, but it’s taking much longer than the time allotted.

  5. If I wanted to use this recipe but cook a 1.5 lb pork loin centre roast instead if a pork tenderloin what would be the cooking time?

  6. My family loved this. Tonight I plan on using last nights left overs for pulled pork sliders. Thank you!

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