Maple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

Maple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

A simple sandwich like this is just what you need for a random weeknight supper. And bonus, it’s prepared in the slow cooker, so it’s basically done for you at the end of your day.


This recipe serves four.

Shopping List
1½ to 2 pounds of pork tenderloin
1 chopped red or yellow onion, reserve a little for garnish
enough Dr. Pepper or Coke to cover (about one 2-liter bottle or several cans)
2 cups of ketchup
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 shot of bourbon (or a big splash)
big pinches of both salt and pepper
rolls for serving (we used whole wheat kaiser rolls)

Place your pork tenderloin and chopped onion in your slow cooker.  Pour your Dr. Pepper or Coke on top of the pork.  Make sure there is enough liquid to cover the meat.

Cover and cook on low 7 to 8 hours or on high 3 to 4 hours.

About 30 minutes before you’re ready to eat, whisk together your ketchup, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, apple cider vingear, bourbon and a big pinch of both salt and pepper in a mixing bowl.  Set aside.  Next, remove the lid of your slow cooker and remove your pork.  Discard all of the liquid and return your pork to the slow cooker. Shred the pork up right inside the slow cooker using two forks.  Pour your bourbon mixture down over your pork, add the lid back to the slow cooker, turn the heat up to high and cook another 30 minutes.

Now, you’re ready to serve!  Take a bun and add a big helping of pulled pork on top and then garnish with a little extra chopped onion if you like.


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  • Narci October 25, 2016 at 6:07 am

    This looks so good, and love that it’s all cooked right inside your slow cooker! Perfect!!

  • Lizzie @ This Happy Life October 25, 2016 at 7:07 am

    I love anything that can go in the slow cooker and this recipe does not look disappointing! I cannot wait to try!

  • L October 25, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Your photo looks like you have cooked onion on the sandwich as well? Cooked with the meat? Carmelized and added to the sandwich when assembling?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 25, 2016 at 12:48 pm

      You’re absolutely right! I totally skipped that step when typing it up. Correcting it now!

  • Elaine Welte October 25, 2016 at 9:10 pm

    How does the sofa cook out? I don’t drink sofa at all and neither do my kids. I’d be worried about pouring an entire bottle of sofa on top of this?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 26, 2016 at 4:31 am

      We don’t drink soda either. It’s just a really good tenderizer for the meat. You discard all of the liquid, so you won’t eat any of it.

  • Heidi October 26, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Not sure how to word this, but have you ever tried this with the kind of pork you use for Andrea’s Pulled Pork recipe? I make that all the time, and the pork I use is really cheap (but delicious!). I guess I’m just wondering if I could follow Andrea’s original recipe but add all this maple bourbon stuff for a change. 🙂

  • S Wilkinson October 26, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    LOVED this recipe- I used 3 lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs instead of the tenderloin and it was so yummy, tender and juicy! Also used sugar free ketchup and sugar free syrup. I ate on a low carb spinach wrap and hubby ate as sliders on Hawaiian rolls with a little Monterey jack cheese. Definitely saving this recipe. So easy and so good!

  • Leslie November 7, 2016 at 11:41 am

    What kind of syrup do you use?

    • Mix and Match Mama November 7, 2016 at 12:36 pm

      I always get a good quality grade a maple syrup. Most stores have them. I just don’t like that imitation stuff.