Crockpot Honey Pork and Apples
Crockpot Honey Pork and Apples is a fabulous recipe that is Paleo, Clean Eating and Gluten Free! Most of all is great because it’s a slow cooker recipe. By now most of you know that I love using my crockpots to help me save time in the kitchen. This recipe was so easy to prepare, it took me less than 10 minutes to assemble it and place in the slow cooker.
Simply slice slits in the pork loin and place 1-2 apple slices per slit. Once you have done that place 3/4 of remaining apple slices in bottom of crockpot. Drizzle 1/2 of the honey over apple slices. Then place pork loin on top of apple slices. Sprinkle cinnamon over everything in the slow cooker. Add your remaining apple slices on top and drizzle the remaining honey over everything.
Place the lid on the slow cooker and cook on low for 6 -8 hours. Remove from the slow cooker, slice and serve with apples on top. If you like picking apples in the fall this is the perfect recipe for you!
I am sure many of you are thinking that this needs liquid but it doesn’t. If you want to add 1/2 cup you are welcome to use water or chicken broth. This pork tenderloin slowly cooked all day and the house smelled amazing with the cinnamon and honey. The pork was so tender and full of flavor! My family loved it and can’t wait for me to make it again! This delicious Crockpot Honey Pork and Apples goes well with Cauliflower Rice and Roasted Asparagus.
I hope your family enjoys this delicious recipe as much as mine did! Crockpot Honey Pork and Apples is a great paleo, clean eating and gluten free recipe!
Crockpot Honey Pork and ApplesPrint Recipe
- 1 3-4 lb pork loin
- 2 large granny smith apples. sliced
- 1/2 cup honey
- 2 tbsp cinnamon
- Slice slits in pork loin.
- Place 1-2 apple slices per slit.
- Place 3/4 of remaining apple slices in bottom of crockpot.
- Drizzle 1/2 of the honey over apple slices.
- Place pork on top of apple slices.
- Sprinkle cinnamon over everything.
- Place remaining apple slices on top and drizzle the remaining honey over everything.
- Place lid on and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
- Remove from slow cooker, slice and serve with apples on top.
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Can you cook this on high for 4 hours as well?
I am sure you can – we haven’t tried but the rule of thumb is if you cook on high then cut time in 1/2.
Did it come out juicy? I’m always afraid these recipes end up dry.
Yes it did!
Hi, looks easy and succulent but I keep kosher – do you think I can use this application with a veal roast, or turkey roast?
I am sure you can. I have never tried it personally.
Can honeycrisp apples be used instead?
What if it’s 2 pork loins totaling 2.2 lbs? How long would that take on low vs high?
I would add an hour.
I did two 1-1/4 pound loins and it was dry and overlooked after 8 hours. I’m guessing bc they were smaller and cooked faster? Next time I’ll try for 6 hours and see how that goes. Flavor was great!
Yes – they cooked faster. Go for less time 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!
Trying tonight but doing it in the oven. Hopefully it turns out just as good!
what temperature and how long? I was planning on doing it in the crockpot then completely forgot to put it in this morning… Still want to make it, but have no idea what temperature to cook it at or for how long…
As it states in the recipe – Place lid on and cook on low for 8 hours.
I did it at 350 for about an hour. I used a thermometer and just took it out when done. It was awesome! It’s actually in the crockpot for tonight’s dinner.
Do you thaw the pork tenderloin the night before?
have you ever tried another Apple? I only have Fuji and another red type on hand.
Oh yes, that will work too! Not as tart so maybe add a little lemon juice (if you have some).
Could you use blue agave instead of honey?
Yes, you can!
Do we need to add any liquid so it’s not dry?
No – just follow the recipe as above. If you want to add water you can but it would be at the beginning of the time that you place the lid on. Maybe 2 cups.
What did you serve with it? Just the asparagus?
You could serve with sweet potatoes, qunioa, rice and any veggie.
Hello I’m going to try this tomorrow and don’t want to cook it to long. I only have a 2 and 1/2 lb pork butt how long do you think I should cook it for?
I would try it for 6 hours.
Thanks for sharing! Can’t wait to try this amazing recipe! Did you pour any type of juice or water over the loin?
We didn’t but if you want too you can use broth or water.
How did this turn out for you? Did you add the broth or water?
No, it was delicious
This was AMAZING!!! Thank you so much for the recipe
one of the best crock pot recipes I’ve ever made. It came out sweet and savory.
What do you think about throwing some diced up sweet potatoes in the crockpot with the pork?
Did you add the sweet potatoes? How did it turn out?
I haven’t but I bet it would be delicious!
I usually put carrots in it. They always turn out amazing. I’m sure sweet potatoes would be even better but nobody eats them here.
Cannot wait to try this. It has been cooking in the Crockpot since 11 AM!!
I am stoked about this recipe. Trying it tomorrow. Will let you know how it tastes!
The BEST pork tenderloin I’ve EVER made. I cooked on high for 2 hours and on low for 4 hours and it was perfect, falling apart.
did you just switch the crock pot to low right from high?? I’m new to the whole crock pot thing….and was 6 hrs enough time??
Is the cinnamon taste very strong when it’s done? I love it but my husband hates cinnamon so I’m wondering if he’d even know it was in there!
No not at all! 🙂
Apple’s and pork go well together 🙂
Have this in the crockpot now. I sure hope I’m not wasting a 15.00 piece of meat. 2 tablespoons of cinnamon seems like a lot!
It is worth every penny! We were just talking about that yesterday!
So 2 tablespoons of cinnamon is correct?seems like it should be 2 teaspoons. Even after cooking 5 hours it seems like it’s just coated with a thick layer of cinnamon.
Well after all was said and fine it was hubby approved. Will be shredding leftovers for sandwiches and definitely using this recipe again!
Could I 1/2 the recipe & cook for 4 hours? I have 1 1/2 lb pork loin.
Try 3-4 hours.
My hubbs doesnt like sweet meat so I added 1/4 cup whiskey and used 1 tsp clove and 1 tbsp cinnamon so that it wasn’t too sweet.
Thank you so much for sharing!
I want to try, but am concerned that it would need pepper & salt. Let me know what your thoughts are?
The salt from the pork is more than enough – you are welcome to pepper it after cooked.
Have you ever made it with pork chops instead of a tenderloin? I’m wondering if it will still be juicy and tender.
Wow great recipe. Could you use pork chops instead of a roast? thx
Help! I do not have any cinnamon……..is there something else I can use?!
Nutmeg or allspice (use only 1/4 of the amount)
Just made this tonight! Followed the directions exactly as above and it turned out perfect! Very flavorful and juicy! Making this again for sure!
This sounds so delicious! I am making it tonight and will let you know how it turns out
Would this work for just 1 pound of pork?
Yes but reduce your cooking time.
Making this tomorrow for dinner, is it safe to not add liquid to a crockpot. I’ve always put a little for fear of burning, drying, fires!
Totally safe or you can always add 1 cup of water 🙂
I am using 2 (1.75lb) pork loins would the cooking time still be the same??
I think so!
This looks like such a great recipe! I’m going to add it to two of my boards for future reference. Thank you for sharing.
I made this today exactly as written and love it. My husband got home before me and sent a message saying how great the house smelled. Will definitely be doing this again! Thanks for sharing.
Just put this in the crockpot… I’m using maple syrup as I ran out of honey, used 1T pumpkin pie spice (allspice, nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon) because I ran out of cinammon, plus 1T cinnamon and added like 1/4 sliced yellow onion… Excited to try it!
Sounds like great substitutions! 🙂
I tried this recipe today. I put 2x 1.5lb tenderloins in the pot with 2x tbsp of cinnamon, 2 large Granny Smiths, and 1/2 cup of honey. It cooked overnight on low for 8hr. Mine did not turn out as good as everyone else’s sounded. Meat was dry, cinnamon was caked on the meat and gritty on the apples. The flavor was ok but definitely strong on cinnamon. The whole dish was a dark brown mush, almost like it wanted to be burnt. Am I doing something wrong?
What size was your crockpot? Is it new? Each crockpot cooks differently but it sounds like it overcooked.
Kyle, I had the exact same experience. In the picture, the cinnamon is on the bottom with the apples, but the recipe calls for the cinnamon to be sprinkled over the top of everything. I had high hopes for this recipe. 🙁
I am doing this week but I wonder if it is too much 10 hours? It is the time I am at work. Thanks
I would honestly go less the first time to be sure it doesn’t overcook.
Any idea if this can be done in the instant pot instead? How long?
My internet went out today so i couldn’t get it in the crockpot until 1, but I’m determined to make this for dinner. Can i take it out a little early? Say 6ish? Or should i turn the temperature up? And if i do will it dry it out? Sorry so many questions, but i really appreciate any help!
Just saw this but yes you could have turned the heat up.
I’m not sure that I would have ever thought of pairing apples with pork. I definite to give it a try.
I have two pork tenderloins totalling 4.15 Pds. Do I need to increase any of the ingredients? Do I need to increase the cooking time? I’m making this tomorrow.
No you should be good! You can increase the other ingredients if you want but not necessary.
I follow the Dr. Bernstein Diet…so not allowed the honey-do you think it would still turn out?
You could use maple syrup instead? Is that allowed or agave?
Does the size of the crockpot matter when making crockpot dishes? Looking forward to making this dish.
Yes, use a 6qt crockpot for this one.
Hi I have a two quart slow cooker and a tenderloin less then 2lbs. Would I have to adjust cooking time?
Yes, that is really small for this size. Not sure how it will turn out.
This is fabulous! Just got in from work, and the house smells like heaven. 😀 I shredded the pork with two forks, and my son and I couldn’t resist a sample before everyone else gets home. Holy moly!!!! Followed recipe exactly except for the fact that I used 3 Granny Smiths instead of two because my apples were rather small. This will become a go to recipe in our house. So easy, and so flavorful.
How long would you cook in a roaster in the oven and at what temp?
I would go with 350 degrees for at least 2 hours. Not sure though. I haven’t done it. Sorry!
I got my pork loin from a butcher and it has a fat cap still on it. Can I leave that or would you suggest trimming it off?
You can do either way. It may be juicier to leave on and then let it rest and trim off after it cooks.
Just realized my tenderloin is not as large as it should be (duh moment in the grocery store I guess). It is between 1.5 and 2 pounds. Help with cook time? I am guess maybe four hours on low?
That is my guess too!
Well I just had this at a friends last night. She doesn’t eat pork but made it exactly the way The recipe said. Best pulled pork I’ve ever had and can’t wait to make it this weekend!
Could you broil this for a little bit after its done in the crockpot, to make the outside a little crispy?
Yes! That sounds yummy!
How long would you broil for?
I have a small crock pot and a three or four lb tenderloin will not fit in it. I was looking at a 1 1/2 to 2lb one and doing the same thing but how would I adjust everything? Also could I cook mushrooms,carrots, and potatoes with it as well and it turun out just as good?
What size is your crockpot? We have not tried with adding the veggies and it will really depend on the size you have. You don’t want to overfill.
I was planning to prepare it a few hours before we were actually going to start cooking it so do you think the apples will start to brown or that its not a good idea to do that?
Just soak them in some lemon juice 🙂
Can you cook two tenderloins in the crock pot? ?
It there is enough space for it to cook you can – depends really on how big your crockpot is.
It won’t get dry from having no liquid to cook in? Sounds too good to be true!!
Nope but you are welcome to add some 🙂
2TBSP seems like way more cinnamon than in the picture, should it be 2 tsp? I made this last night (cutting back a bit on the cinnamon) and it was delicious, but I felt it could have been more moist. Will add some liquid next time. Super quick and easy and tasty!
We did use 2 TBSP but you can do less for sure. I would suggest adding 1-2 cups of water or broth. 🙂
Wouldn’t cider be a good addition for liquid.
Apple Cider? Yes, that would be good!
Do you think this could cook for 4 hrs on high?
Yes, I think so.
can i use any apples – like red delicious?
Yes, you can use any apples. We just prefer the flavor of Granny Smith.
Thinking about this for Easter lunch. What sides would go well?
You could do mashed potatoes, green beans, hashbrown casserole, corned pudding.
Would a cup of Apple cider be a good liquid to add?
I would go with chicken broth 🙂
This was absolutely delicious ! Everyone loved it!
I tried this but I surely overcooked it. Will add liquid next time or really keep a close eye on it.
I swap out the cinnamon for cumin to give it a tangy flavor. My sister doesn’t like cinnamon. It works great! I also have cooked this in the oven a couple times 350 for 45 minutes with 1/4 cup of chicken stock or water. It comes out moist and delicious!
Who ever tried it with the sweet potatoes in the crock pot, how did it turn out? I see many recipes add sliced red onion. Anyone try this? Doesn’t sound like anyone misses the onion.
Sweet Potatoes work great cooked in the crockpot. I guess you have to be a red onion fan 🙂
Can you use turkey tenderloin instead of pork?
Does this need any salt or pepper?
You are welcome to use it if you want. Best to salt and pepper after with pork so it doesn’t get too salty but then brings out the flavor. You can pepper before or after.
AMAZEBALLS! I added some organic, no sugar added apple cider, onions, and some poultry seasoning. OMgosh!!! SO excited I found your site with these great CP recipes! 🙂
Plan on using a smaller piece of pork around 2lb. would this change the cooking time? I am new to crock pot cooking and cooking for one.
I would consider using a small crockpot. Do you have a 4qt?
No I just have a 6 qt
Added chopped onion, minced garlic, chicken broth, lemon juice, and apple cider to the mix. I also added some cumin, smoked paprika, salt and peper to the pork. I wanted a nice balance of sweet/savory instead of only sweet. Cooking on high for approximately 4 hours.
Thanks for the recipe. I added a dash of Allspice, a few whole cloves, and cut the cinnamon down to 2 tsp. will also add some chunked red onion to add some additional flavor. will let you know how it turns out!
Can this be prepped n frozen beforehand
I was lazy and just “assumed” eight hours and didn’t check it at all. That was way too long and I ended up with a nearly inedible piece of overcooked pork. If you aren’t using a giant tenderloin start checking this for proper temp at maybe 5 1/2 hours. It seems like the flavor would have been great but it was just way too long for my crock pot on this first attempt.
can this be made for a freezer meal?
Can I prepare this at night and refrigerate it over night and place on crockpot in the morning?
The apples may turn but I think it will taste fine.
Can I cut the recipe in half? If yes how long should I cook it for?
Yes you can. Cook the same time but use a smaller size slow cooker. This recipe used a 6 qt.
If I only have a large 6 qt crock pot and my tenderloin is 1.5 lbs, how long would you recommend cooking? And how much chicken broth? Looks fabulous!! Thanks!
Try 4 hours and then check it and 1 cup broth.
If I only have a 6 qt crock pot, how long do you recommend cooking a 1.5 lb tenderloin? And how much chicken broth?
Excited to try this! Thanks!
I would try checking it after 4 hours. 1 cup broth.
I actually added cinnamon sugar and apple juice for liquid cooled on low 12 1/2 hours turned out amazing and moist
Could you use chicken instead of pork??
Yes you can! No problem.
I ran out of time to put this in the slow cooker but want to make it for dinner tonight because i bought all the ingredients! Would this be able to be made an alternative way, and how?!
Yes, you can bake it in the oven – I would say at 350 for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until done. I would tent it with foil so that it doesn’t dry out and maybe add 1 cup of water to the pan.
Hello! I kept an eye on my pork tenderloin after reading comments on here about over cooking. I also wanted to encourage people to check on their pork. Mine was cooked after 4 hours and 15 minutes on low. Tastes pretty good!
If I am using a 1lb tenderloin how long would I cook it for? Thanks!
I would cook 4 hours and check to see if it is done.
Has anyone tried prepping this ahead and put all of the ingredients in a freezer bag and then in the freezer for use at another time? Would you thaw first or put in crock pot frozen to cook? Thanks!
I would thaw it first and then put it in the crockpot to cook.
Any ideas for a substitute for the honey? I am starting the Whole30 diet/cleanse, and honey is off the list. I really love this recipe though and was hoping someone could suggest a substitute that wouldn’t violate Whole30 rules…
When I was on Whole30 I omitted it. Could you use date paste?
I am making it today with molasses… don’t have honey, except Manuka honey and that’s to expensive to use for cooking. I’ll update tonight on how it turned out.
I only have boneless skinless chicken breasts. Can I use this? The recipe sounds delish and I won’t be able to make it to the store for a tenderloin tonight.
Yes, that sounds yummy too! Go for it!
Can u use honey crisp apples?
Yes, you can!
tenderloins are very small, this looks like a pork LOIN
You are CORRECT! We have updated to reflect this is a pork loin that we used to make Crockpot Honey Pork and Apples. Thanks!
can you cook two porkloins on low for nine hours in a crockpot?
I am wanting to add liquid to this recipe; would you recommend apple cider vinegar, broth, water or a combination of the mentioned? Also, how much of the liquid should I add?
Any combination of (1/2 cup) would be great.
I was wondering if you could cook this in a covered stock pot on the stove? My crockpot just broke and that’s all I really have. I lost my baking dishes when we moved.
Yes, I would give it a try! In the oven roasted would be lovely too!
I have a 3lb. Pork loin end roast. I will try this recipe and add a little apple juice also. Thanks!
Does anyone have a picture of how this turned out?
I am very confused! The recipe calls for a pork LOIN, but then you refer to it as tenderloin. The two are not the same! Can you please clarify? Thanks!