Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin – A must-try recipe for the holidays. This is the easiest way to prepare a beef tenderloin without overcooking!

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin

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 red meat for your holiday dinner, it’s a tragedy to over cook it.

Yet with all the bustling around the kitchen, making cocktails, and whipping up side dishes, it’s easy to do!

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What Is The Best Way To Cook A Beef Tenderloin?

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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How Do You Cook Beef Tenderloin?

Our Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin recipe follows the same crockpot method of wrapping the tenderloin in bacon, and searing the outside to crisp the bacon.

Then let 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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Tenderloin Recipe Description

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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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin Recipe

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: 12
Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin Recipe
Amount Per Serving (8 ounces)
Calories 524 Calories from Fat 351
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 39g 60%
Saturated Fat 14g 70%
Cholesterol 103mg 34%
Sodium 362mg 15%
Potassium 634mg 18%
Total Carbohydrates 16g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 1.3%
Vitamin C 7%
Calcium 3.6%
Iron 18.9%
* 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 large 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 total. (This can be done ahead and the seared tenderloin, can then 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. 
  7. To serve, remove the toothpicks and slice the tenderloin into thin rounds. Top with honey garlic glaze.

Recipe Notes

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.

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

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30 comments on “Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin Recipe

  1. Lindaposted December 21, 2018 at 6:53 am Reply

    Good morning,
    Would love to try this recipe for Christmas dinner. Would it still be as tasty if cooked to medium? Guests are not rare meat fans. How long would it need to cook on low then and do you still recommend?

    Thank you & happy holidays!

    • Sommer Collierposted December 22, 2018 at 10:31 am Reply

      Hi Linda,

      Yes, you can cook it to any temperature your family and guests prefer. It will still have plenty of flavor at medium. :)

  2. Frank Fredposted December 19, 2018 at 5:36 am Reply

    I love to play with cherry when I make things with Tenderloins, it really gets my head spinning. It’s a winner!

  3. Stephanie Manleyposted December 17, 2018 at 6:10 am Reply

    I had no idea you could prepare this in a slow cooker. It was simply amazing.

  4. Karenposted December 14, 2018 at 11:34 am Reply

    Hi there! I am looking forward to trying this recipe for Christmas this year but am not sure how easily I can find fresh fennel (we live in Cancun). Are onions a suitable substitute? Thanks in advance for your help!

    • Sommer Collierposted December 19, 2018 at 5:36 pm Reply

      Hi Karen,

      Yes, go with sweet onions, then maybe add a pinch of fennel seeds if you can find them. :)

  5. Erinposted December 12, 2018 at 11:46 am Reply

    Thank goodness for this recipe. My oven is maxed!

  6. Erinposted December 12, 2018 at 9:10 am Reply

    Comes out gorgeous and perfectly cooked!

  7. Loriposted December 12, 2018 at 8:06 am Reply

    Can’t believe how perfect this turns out in the slow cooker!!

  8. Toniposted December 12, 2018 at 2:54 am Reply

    This is really amazing! A great addition to our holiday menu!

  9. Barbara Schievingposted December 11, 2018 at 11:55 pm Reply

    A perfect holiday meal!

  10. Brendaposted December 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm Reply

    I love the flavors in this dish. Beautiful recipe!

  11. Aysegul Sanfordposted December 11, 2018 at 5:30 pm Reply

    This recipe was SO great. Looked exactly like the way you had in the pictures. Thanks for such a great recipe.

  12. Lizposted December 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm Reply

    I tried this a few years ago and it turned out beautifully! Back to get the recipe for this year!

  13. Tanya Schroederposted December 11, 2018 at 1:42 pm Reply

    This is the perfect tenderloin! It is cooked just how I like it!

  14. Melissaposted December 11, 2018 at 1:16 pm Reply

    The bacon keeps this so moist!

  15. Ashley @ Wishes & Dishesposted December 11, 2018 at 12:10 pm Reply

    This turned out so beautifully! 

  16. Jennifer Farleyposted December 11, 2018 at 10:23 am Reply

    The honey garlic flavor made this incredible!

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  20. 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.


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  22. 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!

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

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

  24. 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!

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

    Love the sound of this slow cooker pork!

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

    So great for the holidays!!

  27. Maria Lichtyposted December 7, 2016 at 10:14 am Reply

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

  28. 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