Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pork Tenderloin with Pears

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Slow Cooker Honey Balsamic Pork with Pears is the perfect fall meal packed with the flavors of balsamic vinegar, honey, and sweet pears all paired with a tender pork tenderloin.

253 CAL 23g CARBS 4g FAT 32g PROTEIN 5

Crockpot Honey Balsamic Pork is one of those easy meals to throw together that tastes like you have been cooking for hours. It's healthy comfort food at its best. Pair it with some Roasted Cauliflower or Mashed Potatoes for a perfect winter meal.

Pork tenderloin is one of those often-overlooked lean protein sources. Even as someone who pretty much thinks about food all day, every day, for some reason I never think to plan a meal around a pork tenderloin. All that changed when I was out of options and went through the usual rounds: chicken? - no, beef? - nah, seafood? - not feeling it...pork? YES. "Yes" to the pork tenderloin and fruit. It just screams warm and hearty and easy to set it in the slow cooker and forget it.

And, with around 160 calories and 4 grams of fat per serving, it’s a good healthy option, and I'm so glad I took the time to incorporate it into my Slow Cooker Series. For this recipe, the pork is cooked low and slow until it becomes fall-apart tender. It is flavored with a fantastic combination of balsamic, honey, and rosemary as well as some pears for extra flavor and a little sweetness.

One quick note, if you want your pears to “hold up” more, add them in the last 30 minutes of cooking. Also if you want a glaze for the pork, take the cooking liquid and reduce it in a saucepan before serving.

Crockpot pork tenderloin with honey, balsamic, and pear slices on a marble plate.

Ideas for Customizing Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pork Tenderloin

When it comes to slow cookers, (almost) anything goes! Ways to mix up this pork dish include:

  • As I mentioned earlier, if you want to have the pears less cooked down, wait until the last 30 minutes or so to add them so they have more texture.
  • You can also add peaches or apples with or instead of pears if you like. Just don't go overboard!
  • Add in a few diced red or yellow potatoes to cook up with the pork tenderloin for a well-rounded meal. (Increase vegetable broth to 3/4 a cup.)
  • Change up the herbs. Instead of rosemary, try thyme, oregano, or basil.
  • Do you love garlic? Increase to two cloves, or better yet, use two teaspoons of pre-minced garlic to speed up the prep time.
  • Instead of honey, you can also try maple syrup or agave as a sweetener.

How can I use leftover Pork Tenderloin?

I love a good leftover!

Try using up some of that leftover pork for a sandwich. I like to use hoagy rolls, a baguette, ciabatta, or sliders as my bread. Top with more pear slices and a little gouda or havarti for a well-rounded sandwich (add to a panini press to melt that cheese and get it nice and gooey).

Add leftover slices of pork over mashed potatoes or mashed cauliflower. Oh la la!

This slow cooker pork would also be just wonderful over some grits or polenta! Or, mix it all together with some of that sauce reduction for a warm, cozy, comfort meal ready to eat right by the fire.

Add pieces of the pork to some eggs for breakfast or make a hash with diced potatoes, onions, and bell peppers.

Tacos! Add the pork to a tortilla and top with fruit salsa, shredded cabbage, jalapenos, or whatever toppings you like — no judgment here.

Balsamic pork tenderloin with pears, honey, and soy sauce sliced on a plate with cooked pear.

Side Dishes to Serve with Balsamic Honey Pork Tenderloin with Pears

Lots of good sides go with pork, such as:

  • A simple side salad is easy and goes with just about everything, including slow cooker pork tenderloin.
  • How about a roasted vegetable? Brussels sprouts, green beans, and broccoli are some of my favorites.
  • Mashed potatoes or cauliflower mash is great alongside a pork tenderloin.
  • How about a nice fruit salad to pair with the fruitiness of the pork with the pears?
  • Lemon-pepper asparagus steamed or cooked over medium heat on the stovetop is always delicious and so nutritious.
  • I love a slimmed-down pasta side, like macaroni and cheese with broccoli.
  • Do you ever want something simple, like the simplest side ever? Well how about pork (tenderloin) and...applesauce? There's a reason people say it goes so good together — because it does!
  • Corn on the cob is a great complimentary dish to go with slow cooker pork. Make it creamed or in a salad, if you don't have it on the cob — get creative.

Can I use a different cut of pork?

If you have thicker cuts of pork chops, you can substitute those for the pork tenderloin, though I'd see if I could find thick, boneless pork chops if possible. It will be that much easier to shred or cut the pork chops if you're not working around a bone.

The Recipe
Slow cooker balsamic honey pork tenderloin with cooked pears on a plate.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Honey Pork Tenderloin with Pears

253 CAL 23g CARBS 4g FAT 32g PROTEIN 5
COOK TIME: 4 Hours
TOTAL TIME: 4 Hours, 5 Min
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  • 2 lb lean pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1/2 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce (GF if needed)
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 pears, sliced
  • 1 tsp dried rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste

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Whisk together the vinegar, honey, broth, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, garlic, and rosemary.


Season the pork with salt and pepper. Add it to the slow cooker with the pears.


Pour the sauce on top. Cook on high for 4 hours. Shred or slice and let sit in the sauce for 30 more minutes.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 4 oz. pork (190g)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 253
Calories from Fat 31
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g
Saturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 98mg
Sodium 340mg
Total Carbohydrate 23g
Dietary Fiber 3g
Sugars 17g
Protein 32g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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October 4, 2022 - 06:11
I thought I had all of the ingredients until I pulled out the vinegar! I only have red wine vinegar :( Do I need to run to the grocery store for balsamic vinegar, or can I use the red wine vinegar as a substitute this time? Thanks :)
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April 24, 2022 - 14:36
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This is delicious and easy. I have been making it for a few years now. Love the leftovers!
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Susan K Bowen
June 10, 2021 - 12:44
I always have a hard time finding pears that are ripe for this recipe. Do the pears need to be ripe?
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January 18, 2022 - 11:57
Ripe pears will have more flavor, but as long as they taste good enough to eat, they will taste good in the recipe. You could also swap in apples.
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March 3, 2020 - 13:06
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Diana Niemeyer
February 1, 2016 - 11:45
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This dish is so amazing!! I will be making it again very soon!
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