Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Paleo Crock Pot Maple-Mustard Pork Tenderloin

I find that most crock pots meals are not perhaps the most visually impressive, and this one is no different. You just have to trust me that it's great, considering it's not only easy as can be but was super tasty and eagerly gobbled up by my whole clan.

I think you could use raw honey or palm sugar in lieu of the maple here, but I love the distinctive flavor the syrup imparts. It pairs particularly nicely with the dijon mustard, and really made the kitchen smell delicious while the meat was cooking.

While my kids ate their pork with some simple steamed green beans, I enjoyed it paired with some brussels sprouts that I roasted with complimentary flavors (garlic, mustard, coconut aminos and a little more maple syrup).

Paleo Crock Pot Maple-Mustard Pork Tenderloin

2 lbs. pork tenderloin
salt & pepper
4 minced garlic cloves
3 tbs. pure maple syrup
3 tbs. dijon mustard
1 tbs. apple cider vinegar
1 tsp. fresh chopped thyme
1 tbs. arrowroot or tapioca starch
1 tbs. water

Season pork generously with salt and pepper and place in bottom of a crock pot. Combined garlic, maple, mustard, vinegar and thyme in a medium bowl. Pour mixture over pork, turning the meat to coat it.

Cover crock pot and cook on low for 7-9 hours.

When ready to serve, remove pork and wrap in foil to keep warm. Pour liquid from crock pot (use a sieve or colander to remove any pieces of meat or fat) into a medium sauce pot.

Bring to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for about 10 minutes, stirring with a whisk.

During the last minute of cooking combine starch and water in a small bowl, mixing with a whisk. Add to sauce and continue to stir until sauce is thickened. Remove from heat.

Slice pork and serve with sauce poured on top of meat.


  1. Just had this for dinner and it was sooo good! I think the only change I would make is to add a little more sauce (I love sauce lol). Thanks for such a great recipe!

  2. I just made this for dinner today it was yummy and 3 out of 4 kids liked it lol that's a pretty good night... I served it with garlic sweet potato rice and steamed broccoli... Awesome dinner

    1. 3 out of 4 is a total success! I have 2 kids and feel accomplished when I bat 50% ;)

  3. This dish was amazing. I did this today in the crockpot. I doubled the ingredients. Came out perfect. It is so tasty. My whole family was impressed! SUCCESS! Thank you for such a wonderful recipe!

    1. Thanks for the feedback Krissy! I'm so glad everyone enjoyed it.

  4. I made this for dinner tonight with some pork chops I wanted to use up and it turned out super yummy. The sauce was an added treat. I will def make these agin. My whole family of 5 (3children) ate it right up.

  5. This was absolutely delicious! I added an onion to the slow cooker and then blended up the sauce and onion for a gravy. The pork was super tender! I'm never cooking pork tenderloin another way!!!