Easy Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin sliced on board with sesame seeds and cup of sauce.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  Marinade ahead and then roast in the oven.

Sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! This Chinese BBQ Pork tenderloin is absolutely the most easy and amazing recipe! Just a few prepared ingredients and a few fresh, plus some rice and veggies and you can have this Sweet & Savory Chinese BBQ Pork Dinner this week!

SIMPLE & FLAVORFUL

Easy dinners mean simple, accessible ingredients with big flavor.  That’s where this recipe really shines.  First, pork tenderloin is a lean protein that cooks up in the oven so simply within 25 minutes.  Second, the ingredients are ones that you can keep on hand in the pantry until you open them and then store them in the fridge.  

In terms of BIG flavor, the ingredients here definitely deliver!  Sweet Chili Sauce, Sesame Oil, Garlic, Ginger, and Ketchup!  I mean this recipe screams flavor!

Ok, let’s get to cooking!

PREP-AHEAD FOR YOUR CHINESE BBQ PORK 

I mean, does it get much easier than tossing all of the ingredients in a bowl and then pouring over the pork to marinate for 4-24 hours?  That’s it!  That’s your prep.  Ok, so there are a couple mincing steps, BUT, you can do those in bulk and store in the freezer for use for meals over several months!  Check out my Printable Freezer Hacks Cheat Sheet for more like this by CLICKING HERE!

Mince the garlic and the ginger.  Measure and add the other ingredients to the bowl.  Then whisk everything together.

Ingredients in bowls for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Ketchup, Sweet Chilli Sauce, & Soy Sauce in bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Next, place the pork tenderloin in a storage container or bag.  Pour between one-third to one-half of the Chinese BBQ sauce over the pork.  Save the remaining sauce for after the pork is cooked.  

Marinate the pork sealed in the container in the fridge for 1 hour up to 24 hours.

Raw Pork Tenderloin in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Raw Pork Tenderloin marinating in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

COOK YOUR CHINESE BBQ PORK TENDERLOIN

Place the marinated pork tenderloin on an oiled sheet pan.  Bake in a 400 degree F oven for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145F degrees in the center.

While the pork is cooking, place the remaining sauce in a small sauce pot with 2 tablespoons of water.  Bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat.

Raw Pork Tenderloin with sauce on pan for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Because you have sugar from the sweet chili sauce and ketchup, you will see sauce charred on the sheet pan.  Let the pork rest on the pan for at least 5 minutes, up to 10 minutes. 

After the pork has rested, you can slice it.  

Cooked Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Cooked and sliced Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin.  It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious!  It's also easy to make!  #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauceYou have a couple options for the sauce at this point.  If you want to use the charred sauce on the pan, pour any juices from the pork onto the pan with a tablespoon of the simmered sauce and then whisk everything to get any of the loose charred bits up.  Then pour it all into the remaining sauce in the pot and mix to combine.  Serve the sauce on the side.

I like to serve this pork with some stir fry veggies, like onions, broccoli, carrots, and peppers.  On the side, either white rice or rice noodles.

That’s it!  ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Easy Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! This Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin is absolutely the most easy and amazing recipe! Just a few prepared ingredients and a few fresh, plus some rice and veggies and you can have this Sweet & Savory Chinese BBQ Pork Dinner this week! #familydinner #porktenderloinrecipes #porkloinrecipes #bbq #bbqsauce

Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword BBQ, chicken dinner, pork, pork tenderloin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Ketchup
  • 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves Garlic, minced 
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Sesame Oil
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 lb Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seeds for Garnish

Instructions

Prep-Ahead Steps

  1. Mince the garlic and the ginger.  Measure out all of the ingredients except for the sesame seeds and add them to the bowl, along with the garlic and ginger.  Then whisk everything together.

    Hand adding ingredients to bowl for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  2. Place the pork tenderloin in a storage container or bag.  Pour between one-third to one-half of the Chinese BBQ sauce over the pork.  (Save the remaining sauce for after the pork is cooked.) Rub the sauce all over the pork so it is entirely covered. Marinate the pork sealed in the container in the fridge for 1 hour up to 24 hours.

    Raw Pork Tenderloin marinating in storage bag for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce

Cook

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees. Place the marinated pork tenderloin on an oiled sheet pan and bake on center rack for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145F degrees in the center. Let the pork rest for 5-10 minutes so that the juices redistribute.

    Raw Pork Tenderloin with sauce on pan for Chinese BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  2. While the pork is cooking, place the remaining sauce in a small sauce pot and mix in 2 tablespoons of water.  Bring to a simmer, then turn off the heat.

  3. Also while the pork is cooking, toast the sesame seeds in a dry frying pan on medium heat. Stir constantly so they don't burn and remove from the heat as soon as you start to smell them. This only takes a couple minutes.

  4. After the pork has rested, slice it into 6-8 slices and garnish with the toasted sesame seeds.

    Cooked and sliced Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin. It's sweet, tangy, salty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! #chinesebbqsauce #bbq #bbqsauce
  5. You have a couple options for the sauce at this point.  If you want to use the charred sauce on the pan, transfer the pork to a platter. Pour any juices from the sliced pork onto the pan with a tablespoon of the simmered sauce and then whisk everything to get any of the loose charred bits up.  Then pour it all into the remaining sauce in the pot and mix to combine.  Serve the sauce on the side.

    Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin sliced on board with sesame seeds and cup of sauce. It's sweet, tangy, salty, nutty, and all together lick-your-fingers delicious! It's also easy to make! Marinade ahead and then roast in the oven.

 

Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

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Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender.  #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

GIMME ALL THE TACOS!  Gimme chicken tacos, beef tacos, fish tacos, bean tacos, cauliflower tacos, and of course these Slow Cooker Pork Tacos!  Then top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over! 

You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema.  Holy cow, these Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouth wateringly fantastic!

Your Freezer can Save the Day! (Or at least Dinner)

Picture this…you pick the kids up after a long day of meetings.  You get them home, empty bags, start doing homework, and then it hits you.  Crap!  What can I make for dinner??  Sound familiar? Well, my friend, if you just lean on your fridge and pantry, I’m telling you, this Slow Cooker Pork Taco dinner could be yours last minute!  Make the pork in a large batch on a weekend, shred it, then freeze it portioned out.  Freeze the tortillas.  Freeze shredded cheese.  And the onions?  Well, they can’t freeze, but I say just always have a jar of these on hand.  Just thaw and warm everything up and put it together!  Check out more Freezer Hacks to Save Dinner here!

Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

The Secret Ingredient: PICKLED ONIONS!

Now, you can certainly eat these tacos without pickled onions, but seriously, why would you???   If you’ve had pickled onions on tacos, well, then you know what I’m talkin’ about.  If not, PLEASE, PLEASE try this recipe, it is amazing and delicious and addictive and…just wow.  They are so easy to make as well and the beautiful pink color is natural from the Red onions sitting in the vinegar and sugar.  Seriously, I cannot say enough about the YUM factor here.   

Hand holding a Slow Cooker Pork Taco with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

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PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR PORK TACOS COOKING KIT

You are busy, so these are the steps you can do a day or two in advance to prepare food ahead!  (See the recipe below for more details)

So much can be done ahead for this recipe, which is so fantastic for a busy Mom! You can make the pickled onions 3-4 days in advance. The pork can be made months in advance and frozen or 3-4 days in advance and stored in the fridge. The Cilantro Lime Crema can be made 1-2 days in advance.

Let’s Get Pickled

Ok, so let’s start with the Pickled Onions! For these, you simply thinly slice the onion and then separate the slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.

Red Onions being sliced for pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions sliced before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

In a saucepan, bring white vinegar, sugar (or honey), and cumin powder to a boil. Then pour the hot mixture over the onions. Let sit until up to room temperature, then cover and place in refrigerator until ready to use.

Adding sugar to vinegar for pickling onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

I love to make a ton of these pickled onions and store them in jars. I use these pickled onions in salads, on sandwiches, in rice bowls, with grilled meats, and so much more.

Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Crema so good you will eat it with a spoon!

Next, we have the creamy, tangy and fresh Cilantro Lime Crema, which is nothing short of delish and it’s really everything I can do from eating it straight with a spoon.  The key is the Lime zest, not just using the juice.  The zest gives a more intense lime flavor without the intense sour.

You can make the Crema a couple days in advance. Add sour cream to small bowl. Then add lime zest, lime juice, cilantro and salt. Mix to combine until smooth…YUM!

Sour cream, cilantro, and lime in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Cook the Pork and Put the Tacos Together!

Now for the pork! This recipe uses the slow cooker for a deep flavor and the most tender, fall-apart meat. Simply add everything to the pot, set for 8 hours and when it’s done, just pull the meat apart with a fork.

Last, once the pork is done, wrap 12 tortillas in aluminum foil & place in the oven for 10 minutes. Turn off oven & let stay in oven until ready to eat.

To serve, you can obviously add any toppings that your family loves, such as tomatoes, avocado, or different cheeses. Simply put bowls of everything out for the family to put together themselves or put the tacos together and plate them all for a stunning presentation!

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
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Mouthwatering Slow Cooker Pork Tacos

These Slow Cooker Pork Tacos are mouthwateringly fantastic!  Top them with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled all over!  You get the salty and smoky flavor from the perfectly seasoned and slow cooked pork, a sweet and tart bite from the pickled onions, with creaminess from the cheese, and tang from the cilantro lime crema.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Keyword carnitas, pickled onions, pork, tacos
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 Tacos
Calories 588 kcal
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Pickled Onions

  • 1 Large red onion
  • 2 Cups White or Red wine vinegar
  • 6 Tbsp White sugar or honey
  • 1 tsp Cumin Powder

Pork Filling

  • 2 Lbs Pork Stew Meat
  • 2 Cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 1 Tbsp Ground cumin
  • 1 Tbsp Chili powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Ground Black Pepper

Cilantro Lime Crema

  • 1 Cup Sour Cream
  • 2 Limes
  • 4 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp Salt

Other Taco Ingredients

  • 12 6" Corn Tortillas
  • 6 oz Shredded Cheddar
  • 4 Fresh Scallions
  • 2 Tbsp Fresh Cilantro, chopped

Instructions

Pickled Onions (you can make these 1-4 nights in advance)

  1. Cut the red onion in half and then thinly slice and separate thin slices into a bowl that is large enough to cover the onion with the pickling liquid.
    Red Onions in bowl before pickling for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  2. In a saucepan, bring 2 cups white vinegar, 6 Tbls sugar (or honey), and cumin powder to a boil and then turn off the heat and stir to make sure the sugar is completely dissolved. 

    Adding cumin to vinegar for pickling onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  3. Pour the hot mixture over the onions and push onions down to make sure they are completely covered by the liquid. Let sit until up to room temperature, then place in refrigerator until ready to use.  

    Red Onions pickling in vinegar in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork
  4. Once the onions have cooled in the fridge and pickled for a few hours, I like to transfer them into storage jars for use in a variety of dishes, such as salads, sandwiches, with meats, etc.

    Pickled Onions for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Make Pork filling in Slow Cooker (make months ahead and freeze or up to 4 days before)

  1. Mince the garlic

  2. To the slow cooker pot, add the pork, garlic, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.  Fill with chicken broth starting with 1 cup and pouring enough to cover the pork.  Set slow cooker to 8 hours.

Tortillas

  1. Once pork is done, wrap 12 tortillas in aluminum foil & place in a 300 F degree oven for 10 minutes. Turn off oven & let stay in oven until ready to eat

Make Cilantro Lime Crema (make up to 3 days before)

  1. Add sour cream to small bowl
  2. Zest both limes and add the zest to the sour cream.  Then quarter the limes and add the juice from 3 quarters into sour cream & mix to combine until smooth. Taste and if needed add juice from 1/4 more of the lime at a time tasting as you add to make sure it doesn't get to acidic.

  3. Add 1 tsp chopped Cilantro and salt to taste to crema

    Sour cream, cilantro, and lime in bowl for Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork

Put it all together!

  1. Chop some fresh cilantro for garnish.  TIP: you can also snip it off the stem with kitchen scissors!

  2. For the pork, you will want to make sure to drain out the liquid so the tacos are not soggy.  I like to store the shredded pork in the liquid as well as heat it up in the liquid, so I do not discard it, but rather drain it when serving.  

  3. Layer the tortillas with pork, then pickled onions, then cheese, then Cilantro lime crema, then fresh chopped Cilantro.  Enjoy!

    Slow Cooker Pork Tacos with with Pickled Onions, Shredded Cheese, and Cilantro Lime Crema drizzled on top!  It's such an easy dinner since the pork cooks in the slow cooker to be perfectly seasoned and fall apart tender. #tacos #easydinner #glutenfree #dinner #mexican #pork