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Cranberry Pork Tenderloin

Total Time

Prep: 10 min. Cook: 5-1/4 hours


4 servings

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.


  • 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


  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.

Nutrition Facts

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

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  • K.
    Apr 18, 2020

    No comment left

  • wunsagin
    Aug 17, 2019

    Followed the recipe exactly, too dry and really not much flavor to the sauce. It needed something but I don't know what.

  • joycerm53
    Jan 3, 2019

    Excellent! Very flavorful and easy! I made this for a family group of 12. Used 4 tenderloins but only doubled the sauce. Everyone enjoyed it. Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor

  • annlindblad
    Jan 8, 2018

    Easy and very flavorful.

  • jeribitney
    Sep 20, 2017

    An unexpectedly delicious gravy, fork-tender meat, and swoon inducing flavor. 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, and the flavors when done in the slow cooker are just as superb. I pressure cook a 3-pound roast on high for 65 minutes and do a natural pressure release for ten minutes.

  • cookie9659
    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!

  • TNbluffbaker
    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
    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
    Jun 25, 2014

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

  • Patty Tripp
    Nov 25, 2013

    Too much cloves!