While five-spice powder is a mainstay of the Chinese kitchen, it contains standard American companions for pork and apples, including cinnamon, cloves, and fennel seed. You'll find the spice mix at Asian markets and the spice section of grocery stores.
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Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare pork, rub pork with oil and garlic; sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place pork on grill rack or broiler pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 400° for 30 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (barely pink). Let stand 5 minutes before slicing.
To prepare sauce, heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add shallots, and cook 1 1/2 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in cider, broth, applesauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, five-spice powder, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; bring to a boil. Cook cider mixture until reduced to 1 cup (about 10 minutes); stir in 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice. Serve sauce with pork.
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