Cranberry Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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Cranberry Pork Tenderloin Recipe

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In Melbourne, Florida, Betty Helton relies on a can of cranberry sauce to create the sweet sauce for this tender pork entree. She adds orange juice and ground cloves to the mixture to season it nicely as it simmers.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)
  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons cold water

Nutritional Facts

3 ounce-weight: 388 calories, 4g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 71mg sodium, 65g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 2g fiber), 23g protein.


  1. Place pork in a 3-qt. slow cooker. In a small bowl, combine the cranberry sauce, orange juice, sugars, mustard and cloves; pour over pork. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until meat is tender.
  2. Remove pork and keep warm. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; gradually stir into cranberry mixture. Cover and cook on high for 15 minutes or until thickened. Serve with pork. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Cranberry Pork Tenderloin in Quick Cooking November/December 2005 , p9

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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cookie9659 User ID: 8325313 258096
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2016

"This recipe is awesome. The 1st time I tried it i used a pork sirloin roast, in the oven. Tonight I made pork chops on the stove and used this sauce. I did not use the cloves, it doesn't need it. My husband and I enjoyed this with mashed potatoes, green beans and a salad. This my new go to pork recipe! I'm sure it would be great with chicken or turkey tenderloins as well. Great recipe!"

jeribitney User ID: 4042223 252165
Reviewed Aug. 3, 2016

"I've served this to guests and they always ask for the recipe. Excellent flavor combinations, moist, delicious. I've also made this over and over again in my electric pressure cooker, but I'm sure that the flavors when done in the slow cooker will be just as superb. I pressure cook a 3-pound roast on high for 65 minutes and do a natural pressure release for ten minutes."

TNbluffbaker User ID: 46423 248408
Reviewed May. 19, 2016

"This recipe is a nice change of pace from the way I normally cook pork tenderloin. Love the fact that this is cooked in the crock-pot!"

Granrandy User ID: 8794827 245013
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2016

"Made this for lunch today. Baked it in the oven instead of crock pot. About 2 hrs @ 350. Absolutely the best!"

rollingalone User ID: 7731130 69521
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2014

"OM Gosh. This is this best pork Tenderloin I've cooked. My husband loves it."

Patty Tripp User ID: 7046665 149931
Reviewed Nov. 25, 2013

"Too much cloves!"

HOGWriter User ID: 3126553 60450
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2013

"Recipe could probably accommodate a larger tenderloin simply by cutting it to fit the slow cooker. There was plenty of sauce left over (about 2 cups) which we used up on ham sandwiches. The family enjoyed it so much they suggested replacing the turkey on Thanksgiving with this entrée. It compliments an acorn squash side dish very well."

SassyLacey User ID: 4962891 135687
Reviewed Mar. 30, 2013

"I love pork tenderloin but my husband does not as a general rule. I made this and the only change I made was to use pineapple juice intead of orange juice. This was so tender and just delicious. Husband agreed this was the best pork tenderloin that he ever had. Glad to finally have a recipe that he will enjoy too. Yes, definitely a keeper."

Craig1951 User ID: 7095781 64233
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2013

"Awesome !"

katlaydee3 User ID: 3741999 60449
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2012

"This was really good served for New Year's Day."

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