Slow Cooker Pork Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Serves: 4

Your house will smell wonderful while this is cooking and the flavor is amazing.

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1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
2 pounds sweet potatoes (3 medium), peeled and sliced 1/2 in (1 cm) thick
1 medium onion, chopped
5 1/2 pounds pork tenderloins (2 small or 1 large)
2 medium apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2 tablespoons water


In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, thyme, salt, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cayenne.

Arrange the sweet potato slices in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the chopped onion and sprinkle everything with about half of the sugar and spice mixture.

Coat the pork tenderloins with the remaining spice mixture and place them in the slow cooker on top of the vegetables. Depending on the shape of your cooker, you’ll probably have to curl the tenderloins around a bit to make them fit — that’s fine. Top the tenderloins with the chopped apples and the cranberries, then add the water and cover the cooker.

Cook on high heat setting for 1 to 1½ hours, then switch to low heat and let cook for an additional 5 to 6 hours. After 5 hours, quickly lift the lid and poke a fork down into the pot to see if the sweet potatoes are tender. If so, it’s ready. If not, switch the slow cooker back to high heat for the last hour. (If you aren’t home after 5 or 6 hours, don’t worry — it’ll still be delicious if it cooks a little longer.)

To serve, remove the tenderloins to a cutting board and carve crosswise into thick slices. Spoon the sweet potato-onion-apple mixture into a serving bowl and arrange the pork slices around the edge. If there’s any liquid left in the slow cooker, serve separately on the side.

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