Monday, November 11, 2013

Gluten-Free Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

This is my first time EVER, cooking a pork tenderloin! I usually buy pork chops, but my husband came home with a pork tenderloin and said, "I'm really in the mood for some pulled pork...whatcha think?" I didn't know what to think..."yum, okay, I'll tryyyy." I mean, I do cook quite a bit of pork chops in the crockpot, but for some reason, the pork tenderloin intimidated me!

So, there we were, just me and the pork tenderloin, staring each other down.  What to do, what to do? Okay, I have some balsamic vinegar...maybe there's a balsamic pork tenderloin recipe??

Well, who knew? I came acrosss many recipes for balsamic brown sugar pork tenderloin. Only problem, I didn't have all the ingredients they called for, so I improvised!

I pulled together ingredients that I had on hand, and MAGIC happened! It turned out FABULOUS! I knocked my husband's socks off with this one!

Let me share the recipe with you.

Balsamic Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

Cook Time: 4-5 Hours on HIGH


Pork Tenderloin (2.5 pounds)
1/3 cup Balsamic Vinegar
1/2 cup Brown Sugar (actually, just a little under a half a cup)
1 tablespoon San-J Soy Sauce 
1 tablespoon La Choy's Teriyaki Sauce
1/3 cup Water

1/2 teaspoon of Minced Garlic
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper

Combine all ingredients. Cook on HIGH if you need it sooner. I started cooking at noon on HIGH and by 4:00 it was looking done - so I say 4-5 hours on HIGH and 7-8 hours on LOW. 

The pork tenderloin was tender, juicy and really, really delicious! The flavors weren't overpowering, they were just right. This a new FAVORITE!

For sides, we had roasted potatoes with rosemary as well as green beans. The roasted potatoes are easy to make - I make them all the time - I usually use red potatoes, but again, it's whatever you have on hand!

Roasted Potatoes with Rosemary:

Slice potatoes 
Spray foil with non stick spray
Place potatoes on foil and drizzle with olive oil
Sprinkle rosemary, salt and pepper
Bake @400 for 25 minutes - flip half way through


Get your Crockpot goin' and try this recipe - you'll be happy you did!

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