The Perfect Make-Ahead Machine

They do all the work and give you all the credit with their saucy warming suppers. A great make-ahead tool is a slow cooker, or crock-pot. It can be used during the week or on the weekend to make soups, sauces or braised meats. Recipes made for slow cookers take anywhere from 2 to 10 hours to cook, so be sure to pick a recipe that fits your schedule that day. You’ll be rewarded with a lovely meal that took little time to prepare. It will prevent that quick stop to the drive thru on your way home from work..knowing you will have a magnificent smelling house to come home to makes that hamburger or beef taco mediocre at best. Slow-cooked dishes are ideal for making ahead and reheating, and leftovers can be enjoyed for several days. AND, a slow cooker provides advantages for healthy cooking by stretching small amounts of meat with flavorful sauces.
Slow Cooker BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Dry rub:
2 tablespoons salt
2 tablespoons black pepper
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 tablespoon cayenne

1 medium purple onion

4 pound lean pork tenderloin
2 cups apple juice
2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
1 tablespoon garlic powder
6 soft Kaiser rolls, or other large rolls
6-8 ounces Bbq sauce

Mix the dry rub ingredients in small bowl. Sprinkle dry rub all over the pork roast, pressing into the pork. Cover with plastic and refrigerate overnight (or at least 2 hours).

Slice purple onion into thin rings, or half-moons. Layer into the bottom of the Croc*Pot. Place pork on top (plastic removed!). Combine liquid ingredients and the garlic powder in a medium bowl and pour into Pot and tightly cover with aluminum foil then lid. Roast on LOW 8-10 hours or until fork tender and shreds easily. Remove pork and onions from Pot and shred. Place in a large mixing bowl and add 3/4 cup of cooking liquid and BBQ sauce to the bowl, mixing well. Serve on top of warmed rolls.

Nutritional Information
Makes 6 Servings
(includes roll)
Calories: 413 kcals
Fat: 9 gm
Carbohydrates: 55gm
Fiber: 4 gm
Protein: 32 gm


  1. Carol Egbert says:

    One to go please and a side of cole slaw.

    I'll put that along with a generous tip on my Visa card.

  2. This looks so good! I will be trying this one for sure!

  3. Lori Kees says:

    Yum, good super bowl party idea!

  4. Thanks for the recipe. My husband thinks I am a cooking goddess!

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