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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!

Beef Tenderloin recipe

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 for your holiday dinner?

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

slow cooker beef tenderloin

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?

Beef Tenderloin

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 overcook 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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Slow Roasted Beef Tenderloin Ingredients

  • Beef Tenderloin (10 inches long, the thick end of a whole tenderloin)
  • Thick Pepper Bacon Strips
  • Large Fennel Bulbs
  • Peeled Garlic Cloves
  • Beef Stock
  • Honey
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Flour (this is an optional ingredient)
  •  Salt and Pepper

bacon wrapped

How to Make 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.

  1. Grab your crockpot. Season the tenderloin thoroughly with salt and pepper, and set to the side. 
  2. Lay out your bacon strips, all lined up next to each other, forming a rectangular sheet of porky goodness.
  3. Place the beef over the bacon and wrap the strips around the beef. Secure the ends of the bacon with toothpicks as if they were sewing needles. 
  4. In a large skillet over medium high heat, sear the bacon on all sides of the tenderloin, until it has browned evenly. *This can be done ahead! The seared tenderloin can then be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days if needed.
  5. Then in your slow cooker, layer the fennel and garlic at the bottom. Place the seared beef tenderloin on top, along with all the pan drippings drizzled as well.  Then take the broth, honey and worcestershire sauce and drizzle them over top of the beef. 
  6. Insert an oven safe meat thermometer into the thickest part of the beef and let it cook low and slow in the crockpot until it reaches 130 degrees F.
  7. To serve, make sure to remove the toothpicks before slicing it into thin rounds, and top with the honey garlic glaze from the slow cooker. 

This ensures an ultra tender medium-rare interior. And since the temperature rises extra 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.

See the Recipe Card Below for How to Make Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin.

honey garlic glaze

A Tenderloin Recipe You Can’t Mess Up!

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.

Give it a try this holiday season!

perfectly roasted

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Rare, Medium-Rare, or Well Done?

Beef tenderloin is meant to be served at a rare to medium-rare temperature, with a bright ruby pink interior. Because it’s such an expensive cut of meat, it’s a shame to overcook it! 

If you are feeding guests that will not eat medium-rare beef, I suggest skipping the tenderloin and making a lovely beef roast instead

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. 

Rare – 120-125 degrees F.

Medium-Well – 145 degree F.

Can I use agave instead of honey?

Yes, you can. Adjust the measurement by using ¼ cup liquid agave syrup.

Can I make this in the oven or instant pot?

Although a beef tenderloin won’t fit well in an Instant Pot, you can certainly roast it in the oven. Place it in a roasting pan, set the temperature to 400 degrees F, insert the meat thermometer, and roast until it reaches 125 degrees F, about 20 minutes. (Or to your desired temperature.) 

Keep in mind, because you are cooking at higher heat, the beef will continue to cook to 5 degrees warmer, after it comes out of the oven.

Could I make this slow cooker recipe with a pork tenderloin or chicken breast?

You can! If using a pork loin (or tenderloin) cook the roast to 145 degrees F. Chicken breasts will take 2-3 hours on high.

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
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

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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 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.
  • 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.)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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!

Nutrition

Serving: 8ounces, Calories: 524kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 26g, Fat: 39g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Cholesterol: 103mg, Sodium: 362mg, Potassium: 634mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 65IU, Vitamin C: 5.8mg, Calcium: 36mg, Iron: 3.4mg
Course: Holiday, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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32 comments on “Honey Garlic Beef Tenderloin Recipe”

  1. Good recipe, it looks very tasty. I’ll try to cook on the weekend.

  2. This looks delish. Will be sure to try this recipe for when my daughter gets back from college.

  3. 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!

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. Thank goodness for this recipe. My oven is maxed!

  8. Comes out gorgeous and perfectly cooked!

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

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

  11. I love the flavors in this dish. Beautiful recipe!

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

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

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

  15. The bacon keeps this so moist!

  16. This turned out so beautifully! 

  17. The honey garlic flavor made this incredible!

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  21. Hi Spicy,

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

    Thanks!!

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

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

  25. 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!

  26. Love the sound of this slow cooker pork!

  27. So great for the holidays!!

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

  29. 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