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Spiced Pork with Bourbon Reduction Sauce

This dish combines several of my favorite things. Pork tenderloin – check. Bourbon – check. Quick, easy AND healthy weeknight dinner – cha-CHECK. I’ve made this pork recipe a few times before, and it came to the rescue tonight after an extremely long day with a semi-cranky toddler. Not that cranky toddlers make me think of bourbon or anything ;). This is such a simple recipe – get the sauce going on one burner, mix a few spices and rub it onto a piece of pork tenderloin, slice it and cook! That’s it! It all comes together in a snap, and the sauce has tons of flavor. This time around, I served this with some sweet potatoes that I cooked with a bit of honey and cinnamon and a kale salad.

Spiced Pork with Bourbon Reduction Sauce

Spiced Pork with Bourbon Reduction Sauce
Cooking Light April 2006

Pair pork tenderloin with sweet ‘n’ tangy bourbon sauce for a delicious 20-minute dinner. Substitute chicken broth for bourbon (if you prefer), and serve with couscous or rice.

4 servings (serving size: 3 pork slices and 2 tablespoons sauce)

1/2 cup bourbon
1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce*
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons bottled minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
Cooking spray

To prepare sauce, combine the first 6 ingredients in a medium saucepan; bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until reduced to 1/2 cup (about 11 minutes), stirring frequently. Remove from heat.

To prepare pork, combine chili powder, cinnamon, allspice, and salt, stirring well; rub evenly over pork. Cut pork crosswise into 12 slices.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pork to pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with sauce.

*Optional: use Gluten Free

Nutritional notes: Calories: 277 (13% from fat) Fat: 4g (sat 1.4g,mono 1.8g,poly 0.5g) Protein: 24.9g Carbohydrate: 16.7g Fiber: 0.5g Cholesterol: 74mg Iron: 2.2mg Sodium: 673mg Calcium: 29mg

Big Flavors Rating: 5 Stars

Ashley Covelli is a food photographer, recipe developer, and culinary instructor based in Ossining, New York. She loves helping people become enthusiastic and adventurous in the kitchen so that they can build skills and confidence to cook for themselves and their loved ones. She can almost always be found with at least 3 different beverages within arm's reach.

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