This is one tasty and EASY recipe! I drizzled mine with some honey, and served it with a nice spinach salad and glass of sangria. SO summer-y and delicious! Might I say…I really do think this is a restaurant quality dish. It’s so different and really, foolproof. It is an easy weeknight meal for pork loin lovers needing a new and different recipe!
Tip: You can mince the garlic and fine as you like- I left mine a little chunkier but it would also be good if you ran it through a food processor and made a paste. I used pre-bagged garlic that is already peeled- I find it easier. Though, you can use fresh garlic if you like. Note: I discourage granulated garlic for this recipe because it won’t have the flavor punch that makes this dinner so special.
You’ll mix your crust together to form a paste- like I said though, chop your garlic to your liking and it will be great either way.
Cover your pork loin with the brown sugar and garlic mixture- I purchased my pork loin at Trader Joes, it was relatively inexpensive, $7.50 I think. We tend to eat a ton of chicken so it was nice to mix up our routine. My husband went absolutely nuts for this Pork Loin– I think it’s the salty/sweet combination that he really enjoyed!
Make sure to pat your pork loin with a paper towel- it helps really get a nice crust on it. Bake it for 30-35 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees and you’re good to go!
Here’s a video to help you make this Delicious Savory and Sweet Garlic and Brown Sugar Crusted Pork Loin!
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Questions about this pork loin dinner:
- What kind of pork loin do you use?
- I purchased my pork loin at Trader Joes, it was relatively inexpensive, $7.50.
- What serves well with this dinner?
- What are some tips to make this pork loin turn out like the pictures?
- Before adding the brown sugar and garlic mixture, pat the pork with a paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Be sure to line your pan with foil- sugar can burn quickly in the oven.
- What temperature should it be cooked to?
- The National Pork Board recommends cooking chops, roasts, loins, and tenderloin to an internal temperature of 145° F, followed by a three-minute rest.
- Can I use chicken instead of pork?
- Sure! However- the garlic/brown sugar goes better with pork as pork is a sweeter meet. If you use chicken, just be sure to cook it to an internal temperature of 165 degrees farenheit.
- I am not a fan of garlic- what can I substitute?
- Well, this is garlic and brown sugar crusted pork loin, but if you must…you could substitute shallots or a Walla Walla Sweet Onion.
- What other pork loin recipes do you like?
Garlic and Brown Sugar Crusted Pork Loin
- 1.5-2 lb pork tenderloin
Garlic and Brown Sugar Topping Mixture
- 4 tbsp minced garlic mince to your liking
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp pepper
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place pork loin on foil lined baking sheet. Pat with paper towel to remove excess moisture.
- Mix garlic/brown sugar/salt/pepper/olive oil together in small bowl until mixture becomes paste-like.
- Spread mixture on top of pork loin.
- Bake for 35 minutes, or until your pork reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees.Slice, and enjoy!Note: The sugar may bubble up and turn dark on the baking sheet, however it will not burn the pork loin itself.