Crock-Pot Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze
A Bacon Wrapped Beef Tenderloin Recipe cooked in a Crock-Pot? Say What?!? Yep, this Whole Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze in cooked to perfection low and slow.
What comes to mind when you think about your Crock-Pot?
Weeknight dinners? Chili? Nostalgic memories of walking in the house on a cold winter day, to the wafting aroma of savory stew?
I bet you don’t think of an elegant beef tenderloin recipe.
Although our first thoughts of Crock-Pot cooking lead to lovely meals, it’s a common misconception that Crock-Pots are strictly for soup and cheap cuts of meat.
Yes, you can make hearty soups in a Crock-Pot. And yes, you can cook a roast until it falls apart in tender strands. But that’s not all a Crock-Pot can do.
I’d like to challenge you to rethink your Crock-Pot.
You can use a Crock-Pot for ANY dish that you want to cook very low and slow.
We don’t eat beef tenderloin all the time. As an expensive cut of beef, it’s definitely a special occasion meal. But I have cooked whole tenderloin often enough to experiment with cooking temperature and time.
Although you can cook a beef tenderloin recipe on rather high heat for less time, I find you get a better overall texture if you cook in low and slow.
This Crock-Pot beef tenderloin was uniform in color and so tender you could pull it apart with your fingers, at MEDIUM- RARE!
After browning the bacon, I started the beef tenderloin recipe in the Crock-Pot with only a little bacon grease to ensure it roasted, not steamed.
Then I added the liquid ingredients later, so the bacon grease and balsamic vinegar could create a lovely rich balsamic glaze.
This bacon wrapped beef tenderloin recipe with balsamic glaze would make a jaw-dropping dinner on Christmas Eve or Christmas night!
While you’re busy entertaining relatives, wrapping presents, and baking Christmas cookies, your perfect whole tenderloin will be gingerly roasting on the counter-top, freeing up the oven for cookies and other dishes.
Plus roasting low and slow, means you don’t have to hover. If you forget to check the temperature for a few minutes, your whole beef tenderloin won’t be ruined!
I highly suggest trying this.
Did you notice my fun retro Crock-Pot?
Crock-Pot has come up with a fantastic gift and family keepsake, just in time of the holidays.
You can hop over to Crock-Pot.com and “Create A Crock” for yourself, or as a personalized Christmas gift. They offer sports team logos for your favorite super-fan, or pick a fun pattern and add family photos to the front and back.
My 9 year old daughter helped me design the Crock-Pot in the photos above.
The design process itself was a memory-making experience she will never forget, and produced a meaningful (ever-so-slightly used) gift for grandma.
Create a Crock is a win-win this holiday season!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: up to 4 hours
Crock-Pot Beef Tenderloin Recipe with Balsamic Glaze
1 - 3-4 lb. beef tenderloin, 10 inches long (the thick end of a whole tenderloin)
12 strips thick pepper bacon
1 small onion, sliced thin
4 cloves garlic, peeled
3-4 sprigs fresh rosemary
3/4 cup beef stock
1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tb. dijon mustard
2 Tb. sugar
1 Tb. four
Salt and Pepper
Have the butcher cut a whole tenderloin in half so that you can purchase the thick end (they will usually cut the rest into steaks) or buy a "butt beef tenderloin."
Salt the pepper the whole tenderloin thoroughly. Lay the bacon strips out on a clean work surface, touching each other, so they create a rectangular sheet of bacon.
Lay the whole tenderloin across the bacon and carefully wrap the bacon ends over the top. Secure the bacon strips by "sewing" toothpicks through the ends.
Heat a large skillet to medium-high heat. Place the whole tenderloin, toothpick-side-down, in the skillet. Brown the bacon on all sides, turning as needed--10 minutes. *This can be done ahead and the seared tenderloin, can be refrigerated for a 1-2 days if needed.
Place the beef tenderloin in a 5-6 quart Crock-Pot and pour the pan drippings over the top. Place the sliced onion, garlic cloves, and rosemary sprigs around it. Insert a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the whole tenderloin, then cover and turn the Crock-Pot on low. A crock-pot beef tenderloin will be perfectly medium-rare when the temperature reaches 130 degrees F--2-4 hrs, depending on weight and thickness.
Once the temperature reaches 100 degrees, mix the flour and sugar together in a medium bowl. Whisk in the balsamic vinegar and mustard into the sugar until there are no clumps. Then whisk in the beef stock. Pour the mixture around the tenderloin, cover, and continue cooking until 130 degrees F is reached.
At 130 degrees F, remove the whole tenderloin and cover with foil for at least 10 minutes. The temperature will continue to rise to 135 degrees as it rests.
If needed, allow the balsamic glaze to continue simmering until thick.
To serve, remove the toothpicks and slice the tenderloin into thin rounds. Top with rich balsamic glaze!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Crock-Pot. All opinions are my own.
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