Apple Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin, baked and basted with a sweet, apple-based barbecue glaze is the star of tonight’s fall inspired dinner.  Fancy enough to wow your guests, but so easy you can enjoy it any night of the week.  The secret ingredient – frozen apple juice concentrate!  As it simmers, the apple glaze will thicken to the consistency of a syrup, that is as beautiful as it is tasty.

4 Servings

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  • 1 pork tenderloin, about 1-1/2 lbs.
  • 6 oz. frozen apple juice concentrate (1/2 can)
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper
  • cooking spray


Preheat the oven to 425º.  In a small nonstick saucepan over low heat, stir together the apple juice concentrate, ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar, thyme and red pepper flakes.

Simmer on low to form a thick, syrupy glaze.

Line a baking sheet with foil and mist with cooking spray.  Remove the tenderloin from the packaging and pat it dry.  Use a sharp knife or kitchen shears to remove any membrane or silver skin (see below).  Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Tie the tenderloin with cooking twine every few inches to help keep its shape and bake evenly.

Insert a meat thermometer into the tenderloin, brush with glaze and place in the oven.  Keep the glaze on a low simmer and baste every 10-15 minutes.

Continue baking for 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 145º (if you prefer more well done, cook it a bit longer, to 160º).  When the tenderloin is ready, remove from the oven and tent with foil.  Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing, to retain more of the juices.

Transfer the slices to a serving dish and drizzle glaze over the top.  If you have a bit of extra glaze, you can bring it to the table in a small gravy boat.

Tenderloin goes well with potatoes, rice or just about any veggie.  I served it with roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus.

Notes: ♪♫ Always check ingredient labels for hidden gluten.  I used frozen apple juice concentrate made from 100% fruit juice with no added sweeteners.

Originally posted 09/07/2018                     Updated 7/06/2022

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Air Fryer Rotisserie Pork Loin Roast

How lucky am I?  I got an air fryer for Christmas and I’ve been using it quite a bit these days!  Trying all my favorite recipes and experimenting with timing and temperature, keeping notes on what works and what doesn’t.  Yes, I’ve been busy, and while I am far from being an expert with this newest kitchen gadget, I am excited to start sharing our successes at the dinner table.

Pork Tenderloin Roast

This simple Pork Tenderloin was one of my first and best efforts to date!  If you have followed me for a while, you know that a pork loin roast is one of my go-to menu choices for holidays and family meals.  With its simple preparation, it allows me more time for side dishes or just enjoying time with guests!  Check out this Easy Pork Tenderloin Roast wrapped in prosciutto, an easy main course that I have made many times!

Today’s recipe was adapted from another family favorite, my Apple Glazed Pork Tenderloin.  I had always baked it in the oven but was curious to see how it would turn out in the air fryer.

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I bought a 3 lb. pork loin roast and cut it in half, which is plenty for the two of us and just the right size for the Air Fryer.  Like my original recipe, I made a simple basting sauce from apple juice concentrate, ketchup and honey. I inserted the roast onto the rotisserie spit, and tied it with twine to help keep its shape.  Basted once before cooking and again half way through.

The verdict, amazing!  I have never had a pork roast come out so juicy.


  • 1-1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 6 oz. frozen apple juice concentrate (half can)
  • 1 tbsp. ketchup
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • pinch of thyme and red pepper flakes (optional)


Whisk the apple juice concentrate, ketchup, honey, thyme and red pepper flakes in a small saucepan and simmer to thicken.

Insert the rotisserie spit through the center of the roast and secure the ends with clips.  Tie the roast with cooking twine every 2″.

Pour some of the marinade into a separate bowl for basting, and reserve the rest for the table.  Brush the roast liberally and place it in the air fryer.

Cook for 40 minutes at 370º, basting again half way through.  Start checking the internal temperature at 30 minutes.

When the internal temperature reaches 140º remove to a plate or cutting board and let it rest for at least 5 minutes.

Carefully remove the clips and slide the roast off the rotisserie spit.  Slice and serve with reserved apple glaze.

Notes ♪♫  This Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin was so moist and juicy, much better than my earlier recipes cooked in a conventional oven.  I experimented with the apple based marinade vs. a dry rub and the marinade was most definitely the winner.  A 1.5 lb. roast was cooked perfectly at 370º for 40 minutes, so you will need to adjust the time for a larger or smaller cut.  A meat thermometer is the best way to check.  And don’t forget to let the meat rest before slicing, so it will retain the juices!

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