This recipe was another find of my roommates and man oh man was it amazingly delicious!! We ended up having a last minute dinner party, and this provided the perfect main dish. I ended up needing to double the recipe due to the group size, but it worked perfectly.
– 4 lbs. pork tenderloin
– 2 teaspoons ground sage
– 1 teaspoon salt
– 1/2 teaspoon pepper
– 2 garlic cubes (a Trader Joe’s favorite of the house)
– 1 cup of brown sugar
– 2 tablespoon of Cornstarch
– 1 cup of water
– 1/2 cup of balsamic vinaigrette
– 4 tablespoons of gluten free soy sauce
First thing’s first, I made the spice rub of ground sage, salt, pepper, and garlic. I put this on the tenderloins (I ended up buying three) and this went into the crockpot container over night. Then I made the glaze – brown sugar, cornstarch, water, balsamic vinaigrette, and soy sauce and that also sat in the fridge over night due to time constrictions the next day.
After cooking the pork for 6 hours on low, the apartment smelled absolutely amazing. In fact, everyone who walked in the house kept commenting on how great the apartment smelled. It made me feel like a professional cook.
An hour before the party started, I poured the glaze into a sauce pan and put it on low until the glaze thickened. Then, I ended up pouring half of the glaze straight into the crock pot. Our boiler doesn’t really work, so I thought that this would be better. I put the crock pot back on low with the lid half-on, half-off cause I thought this would let the water evaporate. However, I didn’t want the pork to go dry, hence the lid half-on, half-off. In the end, I’m not to sure this mattered, but I’d like to think it did.
When it came to serving, I kept the extra glaze on the side and people just poured it over the pork. Also, the pork wasn’t served in a whole piece, but in shredded portions because the pork fell apart coming out of the crockpot.
HUMUNGO success!! Everyone loved the dish and it was paired with some amazing potatoes a la my roommate and the Brussels sprouts made by a friend that paired perfectly with the glaze. I would totally make this dish again!!!
The Nitty Gritty:
– Total Cost: $27.00 – mostly on the pork
– Total time: 8.5 hrs including prep
– Total servings: 10 – 12