Prep 10 mins
Cook 35 mins
I had fun playing in the kitchen last night, and I think I've come up with a real winner! It was VERY juicy, tender, slightly sweet and flavorful! And so easy to make! Hope you enjoy it as much as we did! *You can also use a small pork loin roast, also. **Don't be fooled by my lengthy directions, this is easy-peasy. I always just try to keep in mind that there are newbie cooks and try to help by describing everything I can to help.
- 1 1⁄2 lbs pork tenderloin
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, to taste
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1⁄4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 4 teaspoons dark brown sugar, 1 Tbl. plus 1 tsp. firmly packed
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1⁄2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Trim any excess fat, and rinse pork under cold water, set on paper towels and pat dry.
- Season all sides with salt and pepper to your own taste.
- Heat oil in large frying pan over medium-high heat. Get the pan nice and hot!
- Place pork into pan, and brown/sear on all sides, don't forget the ends. About 2-3 minutes per sides, if your pan is very hot. Check so you don't burn it or under sear it.
- Remove pork from pan and set on a plate.
- Turn down heat to medium, and add the balsamic vinegar.
- Using a plastic spatula, scrape any bits off of the bottom of the pan, that's the good stuff!
- Stir in dark brown sugar (can sub regular brown sugar, but dark is better), using spatula and keep scraping the bottom and stirring the sauce constantly. Don't worry, it's very easy.
- Do this for about 2-3 minutes til sauce has reduced and is thickened a little. Just don't do it too long, because it still has to bake and you don't want to end up with burnt tar to roof your house with!
- Turn heat off.
- Place pork back into the skillet and turn several (4-5) times to coat/glaze all sides, ending with it bottom-side up.
- Sprinkle bottom side evenly with 1/4 teaspoons (half) the thyme, using your fingers crushing it as you sprinkle.
- Sprinkle with half the garlic powder, (1/4 teaspoons also).
- Place pork, newly seasoned-side down into (greased) shallow roasting or baking dish.
- Now season the top the same way.
- Pour remaining glaze over pork.
- Let rest 10 minutes, and keep re-glazing with the sauce in the pan. (Just tilt the pan and spoon it over.).
- Place in oven and roast for 30-35 minutes. (35 if slightly larger).
- Remove from oven, loosely cover with foil, and let rest for 10-15 minutes.
- This gives you time to heat up that corn or green beans!
- Remove pork from baking dish to platter, slice and plate.
- Stir pan juices and pour over slices. (Don't scrape the bottom or any super thick parts, though, just mostly the juices).
- And serve! :).
- *Tip: If wanting to serve roasted potato wedges with this, bake them right along with the roast (seperate dish!) for 45 minutes uncovered. It will all get done at the same time with the resting time of the pork! HTH! :).
This is easy and extremely good. I'm generally eat more vegetables than meat at a meal but ate a lot of this! I did add a bit more sugar. It really does deserve more than 5 stars.
This was easy and tasted great. I served it with baked apples and roasted acorn squash, my family loved it. I will be making this often.
This was very nice and easy to make...more that 5 stars! I did add freshly crushed garlic to the glaze. It is so good you could actually spoon it on ice cream; the combination of flavour makes you go back for another bite. We loved this. This one goes in my best from Zaar. Thank for posting. I made this for ZWT5. Rita