Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin

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Hi Guys! Christmas and New Years are sneaking up on us. Do you know what’s on the menu yet?

I’ve got a spectacular main dish idea for you.

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Today’s recipe is an offshoot from one of our most popular recipes several years back… Crockpot Beef Tenderloin with Balsamic Glaze.

Remember this one?

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A few years ago we shared our secrets to making perfect medium-rare beef tenderloin every single time.

When you spend the big bucks on a luscious piece of meat for your holiday dinner, it’s a tragedy to over cook it. Yet with all the bustling around the house, making cocktails, and whipping up side dishes, it’s easy to do!

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Although placing an expensive cut of meat in a crockpot might seem strange, it actually safe-guards you from ruining Christmas dinner.

After sharing our original crockpot beef tenderloin recipe, we had so many positive responses and so many requests for additional ways to flavor the tenderloin, we thought we’d share a variation this year.

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Our Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin recipe follows the same crockpot method of wrapping the tenderloin in bacon, searing the outside to crisp the bacon, then letting it cook low and slow in the crockpot until in reaches 130 degrees F.

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This ensures an ultra tender medium-rare interior. And since the temperature rises so slowly in the slow cooker, you can tend to other kitchen duties and hosting without much concern of over cooking.

In fact, if you forget to check the tenderloin right at the two hour mark, there’s no need to stress.

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The Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin rests on a bed of shaved fennel and garlic, then is drizzled in broth and honey before cooking.

The honey gives the bacon a lovely savory-sweet note, and makes a delicious garlic-y sauce in the bottom of the crock while cooking.

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If you are still sweating over what to make for Christmas dinner, look no further. This is a meal to remember with Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin as the centerpiece!

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5 from 2 votes

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 10 mins
A must-try Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin recipe for the holidays. This is the easiest way to prepare a beef tenderloin without overcooking!
Servings: 8 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving (8 oz)
Calories 699 Calories from Fat 450
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 50g 77%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 140mg 47%
Sodium 404mg 17%
Potassium 909mg 26%
Total Carbohydrates 24g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 17g
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 1.8%
Vitamin C 10.4%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 27.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 3-4 pound beef tenderloin, 10 inches long (the thick end of a whole tenderloin)
  • 12 strips thick pepper bacon
  • 2 fennel bulbs, sliced thin
  • 8 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon flour, optional
  • Salt and Pepper


  1. 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."
  2. Salt and 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.
  3. 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, 8-10 minutes. (This can be done ahead and the seared tenderloin, can be refrigerated for a 1-2 days if needed.)
  4. Place the thinly sliced fennel and garlic in a 6 quart slow cooker. Set the seared beef tenderloin on top and pour the pan drippings over the top. Drizzle the broth, honey, and worcestershire sauce over the tenderloin.

  5. Insert an oven-safe meat thermometer in the thickest part of the whole tenderloin, then cover and turn the slow cooker on low. A crockpot beef tenderloin will be perfectly medium-rare when the temperature reaches 130 degrees F, about 2-4 hrs, depending on weight and thickness. Make sure to check the tenderloin at the 2 hour mark, and every 20 minutes after until it reaches the desired temperature.

  6. 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. To serve, remove the toothpicks and slice the tenderloin into thin rounds. Top with honey garlic glaze.
  7. If you want to thicken the sauce, remove the tenderloin and whisk 1 tablespoon flour into the slow cooker. Cover the tenderloin with foil and simmer the sauce another 20-30 minutes. Or to thicken quickly, pour the juices in a skillet and whisk with flour over medium-high heat.

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Serve with roasted potatoes, duchess potatoes, or perfect mashed potatoes!

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13 comments on “Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin

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  3. Get into PCposted December 1, 2017 at 9:34 pm Reply

    so delious recepi i made this dish today my husband like it

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  5. Recipe Floggerposted December 26, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Hi Spicy,

    I tried this dish for Christmas yesterday. It was delicious. I posted my review on my blog at I would love your feedback. The recipe was a huge success and I am definitely making it again.


    Rating: 5
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  7. Julie | Table for Twoposted December 9, 2016 at 7:45 am Reply

    This looks absolutely incredible. So perfect for a holiday dinner or special occasion!

  8. Emily @ Life on Foodposted December 8, 2016 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Oh man this looks so delicious. I love a roast for Christmas.

  9. Cathy Lawdanskiposted December 8, 2016 at 6:41 am Reply

    I cook a Pork Loin roast in the crockpot for Thanksgiving and loved how easy it was and how it freed up my oven for other things. Now  I  know what I’m making for Christmas!

  10. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted December 7, 2016 at 11:09 pm Reply

    Love the sound of this slow cooker pork!

  11. Marla Meridithposted December 7, 2016 at 1:48 pm Reply

    So great for the holidays!!

    Rating: 5
  12. Maria Lichtyposted December 7, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply

    Josh will love all that bacon and so many great sides!

  13. Robyn Stone | Add a Pinchposted December 7, 2016 at 9:20 am Reply

    Sommer – This dish looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious! I love that you make it in the slow cooker…one of my favorite tools, especially during this busy time of the year! Can’t wait to try it! xo