Roasted Walnut and Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

  • Prep Time 5 min
  • Cook Time 27 min
  • Total Time 33 min
  • Serves 4


  • 1 to 1.5 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp white or black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  • Pat the pork tenderloin dry with paper towel.
  • In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, garlic powder, cayenne, cumin, pepper and salt. Gently rub onto pork tenderloin.
  • In a large skillet, add olive oil and heat on medium-high for two minutes.
  • Add pork loin, allowing to sear for 3-4 minutes before rotating. This should take about 12 minutes, sear each side.
  • Transfer pork loin to roasting dish and place uncovered in oven for 15 minutes to finish cooking.
  • While it’s in the oven, make the glaze. Leave pork juices in skillet, but turn to low-medium heat. Add chicken broth carefully, then stir, scraping up any bits left in the pan. Allow to simmer for one minute.
  • Next, add the bourbon and 1 tsp brown sugar. Turn heat to medium-high, and allow to reduce for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add walnuts.
  • Serve cooked pork with bourbon glaze poured over the top.


A larger pork loin (over 1 lbs) may need a few extra minutes of roasting in the oven.

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