Homefed Friday: Beer-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

Homefed Friday: Beer-Marinated Pork Tenderloin

This flavorful and colorful fall dinner is one that you’ll want to make throughout the season. The beer + soy sauce marinade with hints of maple syrup makes the pork both savory and sweet, and the bits of bacon and small chunks of apple bring a yummy surprise to every bite! This delicious, easy-to-make dish is a must add to your autumn and winter recipe repertoire.  

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  • 2 smaller pork tenderloins or 1 large (1¾ pounds total) 
  • 1 12-oz can of Island Coastal Lager, divided  
  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce 
  • 2 tbsp of Trader Joe’s Maple Syrup or other 100% pure maple syrup 
  • 1 tbsp plus 1 tsp apple cider vinegar, divided 
  • 2 slices of bacon, sliced  
  • 3 tbsp olive oil 
  • 1/2 medium red cabbage, sliced into strips 
  • 2 apples, peeled, cored, chopped 
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper                                           


Whisk ½ cup of Island Coastal Lager, ¼ cup soy sauce, 2 tbsp maple syrup and 1 tablespoon vinegar in a small bowl. Pour liquid into a resealable plastic bag with pork, add chopped bacon and seal bag. Place bag in the refrigerator, turning occasionally, for at least 2 and up to 24 hours.  

Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat olive oil in a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Remove pork from marinade, allowing any excess to drip off and reserve marinade. Cook pork, turning, until browned on all sides, 8-10 minutes. 

Place skillet in the oven and roast until pork registers 140°F, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer pork to a plate and let rest for at least 10 minutes. Strain bacon out of reserved marinade, set bacon aside and pour the liquid marinade into a small saucepan. Add ½ cup of the remaining Island Coastal Lager and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until the sauce slightly thickens, 5-8 minutes. 

Place a Dutch oven or large skillet over medium heat. Add bacon pieces from the marinade and cook bacon for 2-3 minutes. Add cabbage, apple, bay leaves, and 1 cup water; season with pepper. Toss mixture occasionally, until cabbage is softened, about 15-20 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tsp of vinegar and toss to combine. 

Slice pork and serve with cabbage mixture and sauce. Roasted lemony green beans make for a great side dish!