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I was on holiday with some girlfriends up in Harbor Springs, Michigan. We spent an afternoon strolling and shopping the quaint downtown and popped into the American Spoon shop. One foodie friend insisted I buy the Dansom Plum Preserves…and pointed me to a recipe for an oven roasted pork roast in our local Junior League cookbook which called for said jam. I switched the original recipe up a bit by using pork tenderloins and grilling versus roasting, but the plum sauce remained the same. It’s brushed on the meat at the end of the grilling time, plus it’s passed with the sliced meat to serve. The hubby loved this Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce…but didn’t take me up on the sauce on the side. Ketchup is more his style!

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We grill all year round…and this is an extremely simple recipe plus the sauce makes it company worthy without a lot of effort. Be sure not to overcook the tenderloins…or they will be dry. A little pink in the center is just fine…it is now safe to eat pork cooked to 145º. The USDA updated the previous recommendation of 160º a few years ago. Also, let your meat rest a few minutes before slicing for the best results.


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Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce


Adapted from Winners cookbook (Jr. League of Indpls)

  • 3 pork tenderloins
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil

Plum Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plum jam or preserves (I use American Spoon Foods Plum Preserves)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch of allspice (optional)


  1. Combine garlic, sage, pepper, salt and olive oil. Rub mixture over pork. Park in refrigerator for a couple hours or longer to let flavors penetrate meat.
  2. Grill to desired temperature…make sauce while meat is cooking.
  3. Combine all sauce ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes. Brush on pork during last few minutes of grilling . Serve remainder of sauce at the table. You may double sauce amounts if desired.

Yield: 6-8 servings

Total time: 2 1/2 hours including marinating time

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52 comments on “Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce”

  1. I love grilled pork tenderloin and the sauce sounds great! I would definitely be adding more at the table:@)

  2. I think a roast epitomizes Sunday supper. Since I also grill year-round, this is perfect for me. And I think the family will love that glaze. Bill did, right?

  3. We love grilling all year long too and this pork tenderloin looks so mouthwatering and juicy! I love the sound of the sauce – it sounds perfect with this pork! What a perfect Sunday Supper – pinning and thanks for sharing Liz 🙂

  4. I love sweet/savory/tart sauces with grilled meat and yours sound perfectly delicious, Liz. Almost chutney-ish. Love it! Since I could eat this with a spoon, I’ll definitely follow through on your suggestion to double it. 🙂

  5. I agree, overcooking the pork tenderloin may explain why some people don’t like and think of it as dry. But this looks just delicious — and perfect for a Sunday dinner. What time should I stop by 😉 ?

  6. Grilled tenderloin…Yum. Plum sauce… Double yum! Looks amazing. This is a holiday feast. And, I love the carrots…they are so pretty.

  7. You pork tenderloin looks perfectly cooked! It’s such a great protein for a quick, healthy dinner. I LOVE American Spoon preserves. I have four or five jars right now. They have the best preserves by far.

  8. Looks adorable, as asian we used to eat plum sauce with duck and pork with pineapple sauce…..
    i bet this match is preety good for my licking too…
    a pinch of szechuan pepper and chilli flakes on the plum sauce would made it perfect for me…

  9. Making pork pretty is a hard thing to do and you knocked this out of the park! WOW. Fantastic recipe too 🙂 Great job Liz!!

  10. Nothing better than pork tenderloin! Your sweet-savory sauce takes it right over the top, Liz!!

  11. Looks fantastic. Love pork tenderloin and the plum sauce sounds delicious!

  12. I just love fruit sauces with pork! Your plum sauce looks simply incredible! This is a must make!!

  13. Hi Liz,

    We just had breaded pork tenderloins and boneless pork chops (from Iowa of course) last night for dinner and my mom and I were talking about how much we love pork! Funny that you should have a scrumptious pork loin recipe shared the very next day! Love, love, love plum sauce and I MUST try this recipe!


  14. Pork and fruit is a great combo. I don’t think I’ve ever used a plum sauce, though. But I will! Super recipe – thanks.

  15. Yum…I love your Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce! What a glorious plate. 🙂

  16. This looks and sounds fantastic. My Mom turned me on to American Spoon after they visited their store, and now I’m even more inspired to place an order! And wow, it’s hard to find plum preserves… love it!! 🙂

  17. JL cookbooks are the best. This dish looks so Autumn like and delicious.

  18. Absolutely gorgeous dish Liz!! Pinned and stumbled. I can’t wait to give it a try!

  19. I bet the sweet plum sauce paired well with that pork. Thank you for participating this week.

  20. Liz, this is one beautiful pork tenderloin. I love that plum sauce. Pinned!

  21. I made my sauce this week and then forgot to enter it into sunday supper ha whoop! I love plum sauce! This looks fab! 😀

  22. Plum sauce sounds just great! I love such sauces, they go well with any kind of meat!

  23. What a great idea for a glaze. I really like pork with fruity sauces, although Ed would probably side with Bill.

  24. Your whole dish looks amazing!

  25. Love a pork tenderloin but the sauce takes it to a new level!
    Mary x

  26. I love pork tenderloin and you’ve certainly nailed it with this one!

  27. Oh Liz this looks fantastic! What a perfect dinner idea?! Have a lovely week ahead 🙂

  28. I love plum preserves. My mom used to make something with it when I was young but since we didn’t eat pork often, I’m not sure what she used it on. But I bet this would taste good with chicken, too!

  29. This looks very good. We BBQ all year round too. My husband finds it very relaxing to come home, grab the tongs and light up the barbie. And we love putting marinated tenderloins on the BBQ just like these xx

  30. My family loves pork tenderloin, but I’ve never made a sauce like this. That plum sauce sounds absolutely delicious paired with the pork.

  31. I am always looking for a new Pork Tenderloin recipe – This one is going onto the list!

  32. We have a simple salad for dinner with polenta fingers so this dinner looks pretty good right now.

  33. This recipe is a winner, Liz. Love the Asian accent. too…P.s. Looks like your friends have good taste, too =)

  34. Looks so succulent and beautiful. Love the plum sauce!

  35. Pork tenderloin is one of our family favorites. Can’t wait to kick it up a notch with this plumb sauce!

  36. Plum preserves are so good. I love my sweet and savory dishes, and this one sound so yummy.

  37. Looks delicious, one of ma fave cuts of meat and so nice with a fruit sauce.

  38. I’ve never had Plum sauce but I bet it’s amazing!

  39. Ooh, I love the idea of brushing the sauce right on the pork. It sounds delicious. I’ll have to try it the next time I make a pork loin!

  40. Yum!! That looks fabulous!

  41. Looks delicious, love the plum sauce with the pork tenderloin!!

  42. Liz, please teach me the ways of cooking meat. Your tenderloin looks so perfectly cooked and juicy! I’m always so paranoid about uncooked meat and food poisoning that I ruin the meat by overcooking it. Dried pork is the worst and that’s how I always serve it to my husband (poor guy). Maybe I just need to make a vat of this plum sauce and slather it on!

  43. Once the FDA drops the recommended temperature for a safely cooked pork to 145, pork dishes got so much better! I’ve been eating dry, tough pork for years. Your pork looks absolutely perfect and I adore the plum sauce!

  44. I love everything about this dish, Liz. Delicious pork loin meet amazing plum sauce. Yum!

  45. This sounds like a perfect weekend family dinner. I love the addition of that plum sauce. This sounds just wonderful!

  46. Beautiful dinner. I love the plum sauce with the pork. Spectacular flavors. 🙂

  47. I thought I was the only one who loved plum sauce on pork! Yay!

  48. Lizzy,
    Oooo…. I would love to have some of this! For some reason though, my tenderloins usually get overcooked.

  49. In all of the years I’ve lived on this planet, can you believe I’ve NEVER tried plum sauce? This looks too good NOT to try!

  50. Now I really really want to try pork tenderloin with this sauce! I like ketchup too but I like sauces even more. 🙂 I love how you make a pork tenderloin look absolutely beautiful!

  51. The plum sauce is tailor made for this!

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