Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

Today’s work day did not go as swimmingly as I had hoped. Working from home and dealing with people mostly via email can be kind of stressful. I mean, email is the ultimate shield. People can say anything via email and then claim you took it the wrong way. Except for I’m really smart, and I know that sometimes people are just being flat out rude.


My solution?

I call ‘em on it. Yep. I’m happy to inform just about anyone that the tone of their email has taken a negative turn, and I would prefer to schedule a call to discuss the issue. My inbox tends to get eerily silent after that. Nope, no one wants a call. Too scary to have to actually talk to someone. Winking smile

{Interestingly, I’ve dated people like this, too. But that’s a discussion for another time.}

I suppose this is the leftover teacher in me that doesn’t put up with any BS. At any rate, I’m glad it works!


Anyway, after my long, stupid work day that wasn’t nearly as productive as I’d hoped, it was time for happy hour with the ‘rents.


Ahhh. So nice!

When my mom and I were talking about dinner this afternoon, she mentioned that we had a pork tenderloin on hand. After digging around in some old emails, I came up with a recipe for a marinade that we were both on board with!

Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

Serves 4 hungry folks

1 package pork tenderloin (usually 2 pork tenderloins)

3/4 c. Dijon mustard
3/4 c. bourbon or water
1 c. soy sauce
1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
1/4 c. Worcestershire sauce

I know it seems like a lot of sauce, but remember, you’re marinating, then making it into a sauce that’s going to reduce down—this will be just the right amount!

Put your pork tenderloin in a plastic bag.  Mix all of the ingredients together well and pour them over the pork.  Let it marinate at least one hour and up to 24 hours. Grill the pork until done (about 15 minutes). 


Hey pretty girl!

While the pork grills, put the marinade in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer it, reducing the marinade down into a sauce for your pork.


Check out the caramelization. We were definitely fighting over the crunchy bits!


I mean!


With a giant pan of sautéed veggies on the side, of course. Pork tenderloin is pretty good for you—lean and all that—but veggies make everything better.


Food porn.



It was a little chilly for dinner on the deck tonight . . . but then again, when am I not cold?


Dad fired up the space heater so I sucked it up pretty well. Smile


For this dinner, I’d say it was worth it!


Mom’s feeling a little under the weather, so I graciously offered to make an ice cream run to cheer her up. Daughter of the year? Pretty much. Open-mouthed smile

Off I go!

How do you deal with people being ugly over email?


14 thoughts on “Bourbon Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

  1. i love that you call them out and ask for a call! you are so right, people can say anything they want via email / text messages but just not the same in a face to face or verbal call!
    your din looks amazing!

  2. LOL “Hey pretty girl” to a piece of meat. Hee!
    I call people out in emails too. And on the phone. I was once talking to an insurance agency about a car accident (the other people’s insurance agency) and I told the guy he could call me back when he didn’t feel like being a d!ck anymore. 🙂

    • Me too (on stealing that line). I totally could use that line, ummm 10 times a day. Professional but still to the point. LOVE IT.
      What’s your line for when they are jerks in real life… because apparently swearing at them doesn’t work in professional circles!! 🙂

    • i really need to start getintg my act together w/ the meal planning. i’m just not consistent. some weeks i’m on the ball and other weeks i’m totally off track….

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