How to cook pork tenderloin so it turns out juicy and moist?
Cooking pork tenderloin could be very tricky as it is very important to not overcook the meat. If tenderloin is overcooked it becomes dry and hard to chew.
I searched and tried many recipes off the internet. All dishes looked so good and yummy at the pictures and yet I always ended up with dry tenderloin that was not really appealing to consume. At one point I stopped using suggested cooking times and tried to figure out my own times and means of cooking. I figured, after trying baking, bbq-ing, boiling, steaming and so on, that the best way to prepare tenderloin is in slow cooker.
I am not by any means suggesting that my way is the only way nor am I dismissing any other ways of cooking pork tenderloin. I am simply sharing my observations and experience.
So, here we go.
Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Apple Slices Recipe
2 pieces of port tenderloin, about 1 pound each
1 large semi-sweet apple (sliced in circles) – or 2 smaller ones
3-4 table spoons of any tomato sauce
green onion (I used only the white ends of the stems)
salt, pepper, spices (I like using paprika a lot)
Wash meat and dry with paper towels. Slice each tenderloin almost to the end but do not cut pieces off completely. Make cut about 1 inch (2-2.5 cm) apart.
Slice apples in circles, each one should be around 5 mm wide.
Insert apple slices into cuts of tenderloin.
Sprinkle some salt and seasoning on the meat.
In the separate small bawl mix about 3-4 table spoons of olive oil, add a bit of salt, seasoning, and spread all over tenderloins using a brush.
Put some olive oil on the bottom of slow cooker, spread onions and a bit of tomato sauce. Place tenderloin into slow cooker, add about 3/4 of a cup of water and cover with the lid.
Set slow cooker on High for 2.5 hours. I figured that 1.5 hours of cooking on High setting is enough for 1 pound of tenderloin. This time I cooked 2 tenderloins around 1 pound each and 2.5 hours on High setting was enough to cook through the meat and leave it juicy and moist. Serve it with pasta, scrambled eggs, mashed potatoes, spaghetti squash or zucchini noodles.