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Roast Pork Tenderloin with Plum Barbecue Sauce

Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Pam Morris
Hands-on time 15 mins
Total time 1 hr, 5 mins
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and about 1/3 cup sauce)
Asian spices give this barbecue sauce a complex flavor, which enhances the sweet-tart flavor of the plums. Once it's cooked, set aside 2 1/2 cups sauce to serve with the pork, and use remaining to baste as it cooks.

Ingredients

  • Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons lower-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 1/2 pounds black plums, quartered and pitted
  • 1 star anise
  • Pork:
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Nutrition Information

  • calories 378
  • fat 10.3 g
  • satfat 1.6 g
  • monofat 5.6 g
  • polyfat 2.4 g
  • protein 25.2 g
  • carbohydrate 50.7 g
  • fiber 4.7 g
  • cholesterol 62 mg
  • iron 2 mg
  • sodium 417 mg
  • calcium 22 mg

How to Make It

  1. Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons canola oil to pan, and swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; sauté 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Add sugar and the next 10 ingredients (through star anise); bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, for 30 minutes or until plums break down and sauce thickens, stirring occasionally. Discard cloves and anise.

    Chopping Onion
  2. Preheat oven to 450°.

  3. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 tablespoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle pork evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Add pork to pan; sauté 7 minutes, turning to brown on all sides.

  4. Transfer pork to a foil-lined jelly-roll pan; coat with 1/2 cup plum sauce. Roast pork at 450° for 15 minutes. Remove pork from oven. Turn pork over; coat with an additional 1/2 cup plum sauce. Roast 10 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of pork registers 155°. Remove from pan; let stand 10 minutes. Slice crosswise. Serve with remaining plum sauce.

Cook's Notes

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