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Apr 12, 2007 03:12 AM

Pork Tenderloin in Slow Cooker

I have some Mole simmer sauce from William Sonoma that I want to use. I have hit on the idea of doing a pork tenderloin in the slow cooker and using it with that. Is this a bad idea?

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  1. IMHO yes it is. Pork tenderloin is a lean meat and won't hold up to a long slow cook in the crockpot. A better choice would be a fattier pork roast that you could simmer in that sauce to make it tender and somewhat shredded. When I cook pork tenderloin (similar to filet in beef) I cook it at 400 degrees for 25 minutes. That's all it needs.

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    1. re: compucook

      I agree. A slow cooker would ruin the texture and completely overcook a tenderloin.
      Do either a pork shoulder or the "country style ribs". They have enough fat to be able to deal with the low and slow cooking.

    2. As Compucook said, tenderloin's not the cut for that--rather like doing the same to a good steak! Pork shoulder would be a better choice.

      1. Nope, don't use pork tenderloin. Pork roast would be better.
        Can you post the mole sauce recipe?

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        1. re: maria lorraine

          Please see this Chowhound recipe (though for barbeque pork) that may have some
          good tips for you to make your pork mole. Sounds yummy.

        2. I don't agree with the posters below at all. I have cooked a pork loin roast (same thing) in a slow cooker many, many times and it is always delicious! Try it and let us know the results.

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          1. re: cheri

            Pork loin or pork tenderloin? Big difference.

            1. re: cheri

              Pork loin roast is not the same as a pork tenderloin.