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Pork tenderloin on a baking sheet surrounded by carrots

Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
This quick and delicious Maple Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin is a great weeknight meal. It bakes quickly in the oven, and is great paired with carrots or potatoes.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 6 servings


  • 2 Pork Tenderloins, approximately 1 pound each
  • 3 tbsp olive, canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp fresh black pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika


  • 3/4 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/3 cup maple or agave syrup pure maple syrup, not pancake syrup or imitation maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp butter


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Combine garlic powder, salt, pepper, chili powder and paprika. Using clean hands, rub spice mixture over tenderloins to coat well.
  • Heat oil in a large pan over medium high heat, and add tenderloins to the pan to brown on all sides (approximately 5-6 minutes total)
  • While browning the pork, combine brown sugar, syrup and butter in a small saucepan. Cook on low, stirring constantly, for approximately three minutes or until smooth.
  • If using an oven safe skillet, leave tenderloins in pan and coat with approximately half of the glaze mixture. If not using an oven safe skillet, transfer tenderloins to a 9x13 glass baking dish that has been sprayed with non-stick cooking spray, then cover with half of the glaze mixture.
  • Cover and bake for approximately 18-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 135 degrees. Remove from oven, remove foil and top with remaining glaze. Return to oven and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140-145 degrees. Pork will continue to cook, due to carry over cooking, one removed from the oven
  • Remove from oven and allow to rest for ten minutes.


A digital thermometer is crucial to properly cooking your pork tenderloin. It allows you to know when your pork is done, without over cooking it. 
The target temperature for pork is 145 degrees. 140 is considered rare, and 145 is considered medium. Pork can dry out very quickly beyond this point. 


Calories: 266kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 852mg | Potassium: 430mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg
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