Pork is such a great meat to work with because it is pretty easy to cook, and very versatile. Brown sugar with some garlic and spices really adds a sweet yet savory taste to a regular pork loin. And cooking it on the stovetop is quick and easy, with very little cleanup involved.
My recipe for Brown Sugar Glazed Pork originally came from one of those little recipe turn-style stands a a Publix store years ago. Since then, we have modified it a bit, partly to our tastes and partly when we were out of something so had to improvise. I like to make some sauteed veggies as a side with this because the leftover glaze from the pork tastes really good on the vegetables!
Step by Step
Start by using a garlic press to crush 3 cloves of garlic and put it in a medium sized bowl. If you don’t have a garlic press, you can dice it up by hand as well. Add your brown sugar and Montreal seasoning to the bowl with the garlic and stir it up until it’s well blended.
Open your pork loin and slice it at a slight angle into pieces that are about 1 inch thick. The number of pieces you have will depend on the size pork you have, so focus more on making them all fairly even in size so they cook the same.
Place each piece of pork into the brown sugar mixture and press it down so that the mixture really sticks to the meat. Flip it over and do the same for the other side as well.
Make sure that the pork has a decent amount of brown sugar on it, then transfer it to a plate while you continue with each piece.
Set a medium-large frying pan on medium heat (you want a pan big enough to put all of the pork in at once) and add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pan. Swirl it around to make sure that the butter coats the entire pan and add the pork.
Cook the pork for about 5-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. Make sure to flip it at least once. The pork will shrink a little as it cooks, and the brown sugar will start to make a glaze in the pan. This is what I use to then coat the pork when I serve it and will use any leftover to go on top of some vegetables such as some baby carrots.
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Brown Sugar Glazed Pork
- 3 cloves garlic
- 3/4 cup light brown sugar
- 2 tsp Montreal steak seasoning
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 2 tbsp butter
- Crush garlic, using garlic press, into medium bowl
- Stir in brown sugar and steak seasoning until well blended
- Cut pork diagonally into 1 inch slices
- Place pork in bowl and press into mixture on both sides
- Place butter in large frying pan on medium heat and swirl to coat
- Add pork and cook 5-6 minutes each side or until cooked through