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Pork Tenderloin with Kentucky Sweet-Savory Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

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In this video, Betty demonstrates how to cook Pork Tenderloin with Kentucky Bourbon Barbecue Sauce. This recipe is adapted from a recipe in Albert W.A. Schmid's new cookbook, "The Kentucky Bourbon Cookbook." It uses a sweet style barbecue sauce, and it is the tastiest barbecue sauce that I have ever tried. It will be great for saucing up your Fourth of July!
  Kentucky bourbon 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs) (You May Use Maker's Mark)
  Water 1⁄3 Cup (5.33 tbs)
  White wine vinegar 1 Tablespoon
  Minced fresh ginger 1 Tablespoon
  Jalapeno pepper 1 , chopped
  Minced garlic 1 Teaspoon
  Pork tenderloin 1 1⁄2 Pound
  Sorghum molasses 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs) (You May Use Any Type Of Molasses; Sorghum Is Regional And Possibly Hard To Find)
  Ketchup 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Kosher salt 1⁄4 Teaspoon (You May Use Atlantic Sea Salt)
  Freshly ground pepper 1⁄4 Teaspoon
  Extra virgin olive oil 1 Teaspoon

Combine the bourbon, water, vinegar, ginger, jalapeno, and garlic in a bowl. Add the pork tenderloin, and turn to coat. Marinate the pork at room temperature for 1 hour, turning it every 15 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the pork from the marinade and pour the marinade into a small saucepan. Boil it over high heat until it is reduced by one-third. Add the sorghum (molasses) and ketchup, and cook until thickened, or about 20 minutes. Season with kosher salt and pepper.
Brush the pork with the olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill it over medium heat until the outside of the meat is well marked. Transfer the pork to a pan and place it in the oven at 350 degrees until it reaches an internal temperature of 155 degrees, about 30 minutes. Remove the pork from the oven and allow it to stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Then slice it against the grain and serve it with the sauce made from the marinade. Makes 4 servings.
You cannot imagine how wonderful this sauce tastes, and you may use it on anything that you barbecue. The alcohol cooks off, so the sauce itself is not alcoholic, but the flavor is out-of-this-world good! I highly recommend it! --Betty
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Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Main Dish
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
50 Minutes
Ready In: 
65 Minutes
Tender, juicy, and extremely succulent pork tenderloin is a proven crowd-pleaser. And Betty's version of this classic favorite is no different. Tender tenderloin drizzled with sweet-savory barbecue sauce is sure to wow your family and guests. Learn how to whomp up this family favorite in a few easy steps.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 242 Calories from Fat 44

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 5 g7.5%

Saturated Fat 1.4 g7%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 73.7 mg24.6%

Sodium 256.4 mg10.7%

Total Carbohydrates 18 g6%

Dietary Fiber 0.19 g0.75%

Sugars 16.2 g

Protein 24 g47.1%

Vitamin A 0.4% Vitamin C 2.5%

Calcium 1% Iron 6.8%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet

Pork Tenderloin With Kentucky Sweet-Savory Bourbon Barbecue Sauce Recipe Video