1. Preheat oven to 500°.
2. Combine first 8 ingredients in a medium saucepan; stir in 1/2 teaspoon salt. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 45 minutes or until onions are almost tender, stirring occasionally. Uncover, increase heat to medium-high, and cook 7 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently.
3. Heat oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle pork evenly with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add pork to pan, and cook 1 minute. Turn pork over. Place pan in oven; bake at 500° for 12 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink). Remove from oven; let stand 10 minutes. Slice pork crosswise into 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve with sauce.
Wine note: With the subtle fragrances of black tea and the charred embers of a warm fire, Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2007, il vino "dal tralcetto" ($14), keeps up with both the sweet and sour notes in this dish. --Alexander Spacher