Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin

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Elevate Your Holiday Dinner with this Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin!

If you’re looking for a stunning centerpiece for your next holiday dinner, look no further than the Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin.

This simple recipe turns a classic roasted pork loin into a festive delight, perfect for Sunday supper or special occasions like Easter Sunday dinner and Christmas dinner.

The caramelized brown sugar and tangy Dijon mustard create a mouthwatering glaze that’s sure to impress your guests.

The Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin not only delivers on taste but is also straightforward to prepare, making it ideal for busy holiday cooking.

Sliced Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin, revealing the tender, moist interior, with a golden-brown sugary crust on top

Why Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin is a ‘Must-Try’

This dish is a holiday showstopper, and here’s why it should be on your menu:

  • Roasted Pork Perfection: The pork loin is roasted to tender, juicy perfection.
  • Holiday Dinner Favorite: Perfect for special occasions like Easter Sunday and Christmas dinner.
  • Caramelized Brown Sugar Glaze: The glaze adds a rich, sweet, and savory flavor to the pork.
  • Simple Recipe: Easy to prepare, leaving you more time to enjoy the festivities.
A succulent Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin, beautifully caramelized and served on a white platter, garnished with fresh herbs.

Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin Ingredients

(Refer to the recipe card for detailed quantities & instructions)

  • Pork Loin: The main ingredient, providing a tender and juicy base for the glaze.
  • Olive Oil: Used for roasting the pork loin, helping to create a crispy exterior.
  • Dark Brown Sugar: Key for the glaze, adding a rich, caramelized sweetness.
  • Dijon Mustard: Adds a tangy depth to balance the sweetness of the brown sugar.
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper: Essential for seasoning the pork loin.
  • Italian Seasoning: A blend of herbs to infuse the pork with aromatic flavors.
  • Parsley (Chopped, for Decoration): Fresh parsley for garnishing, enhancing both flavor and presentation.
Close-up of a Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin in the roasting pan, with the rich, glossy brown sugar and mustard glaze visible.

Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven: Set oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare Pork Loin: Rub with olive oil, and season with sea salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Make Glaze: Mix dark brown sugar and Dijon mustard.
  4. Apply Glaze: Coat the pork loin evenly with the glaze.
  5. Roast: Place in a roasting pan and bake for about 20 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). For a standard-sized pork loin (around 2-3 pounds), this will be roughly 40-60 minutes. It’s important to use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the pork loin reaches 145°F (63°C), indicating it is cooked through and safe to eat.
  6. Rest: Let the pork loin rest for 10 minutes after removing from the oven.
  7. Serve: Slice and garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Sliced Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin arranged on a serving dish, displaying the tender, perfectly cooked interior and glazed exterior.

Simplified Storage and Reheating

Storage:

  • Refrigerate: Wrap the pork loin in foil or store in an airtight container for up to 3-4 days.
  • Freeze: For longer storage, tightly wrap in plastic and foil or use a freezer-safe container, keeping it good for up to 2-3 months.
Golden-brown pork loin with a glossy Dijon and brown sugar glaze, presented on a rustic wooden cutting board with parsley garnish.

Reheating:

  • Oven: Preheat to 325°F (163°C). Let the pork reach room temperature, then reheat it covered in foil for 20-30 minutes.
  • Microwave: For quick reheating of slices, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on medium power in 30-second intervals until warm.
Close-up of a juicy, roasted Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin, showcasing its glossy, caramelized sugar and mustard crust.

What to pair with Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin

Pairing the right side dishes with Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin can enhance the overall dining experience.

Here are some excellent options:

Roasted Root Vegetables: The natural sweetness of carrots, parsnips, and beets, when roasted, complements the savory glaze of the pork loin.

Colorful assortment of freshly oven roasted root vegetables including yams, red potatoes, beets, carrots, and parsnips, seasoned with herbs and ready to be served as a nutritious and flavorful side dish.

Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprout Bake: This dish brings a cheesy, garlicky twist to Brussels sprouts, adding a deliciously rich flavor to balance the sweetness of the pork.

A golden-brown Cheesy Garlic Brussels Sprout Bake scooped up with a spoon fresh out of the oven, with melted cheese on top and crispy edges.

Spinach Gratin: A creamy and cheesy spinach gratin offers a smooth texture and a rich taste that pairs wonderfully with the tender pork.

A golden-brown Spinach Gratin in a rectangular baking dish, with a crispy cheese crust visible on top and creamy spinach layers underneath.

Hasselback Sweet Potatoes: These visually appealing potatoes add a sweet and savory element, which works well with the caramelized glaze of the pork.

image showcasing a beautifully arranged platter of Hasselback Sweet Potatoes, each perfectly roasted to reveal crispy edges and a tender, golden interior, garnished with fresh herbs.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes: A combination of cheese, bacon, and ranch with potatoes creates a decadent side that’s hard to resist alongside the glazed pork.

A mouthwatering dish of Cheesy Bacon Ranch Potatoes, featuring golden-brown roasted potato cubes generously topped with melted cheddar cheese, crumbled crispy bacon, and a sprinkle of fresh parsley, served in a baking dish.

Creamed Corn Au Gratin: The sweetness of corn in a creamy, cheesy sauce adds a luxurious texture and flavor, complementing the pork loin.

A golden-brown Creamed Corn Au Gratin in a baking dish, showing creamy corn kernels topped with melted parmesan cheese.

Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes: Layers of potatoes in a creamy cheese sauce offer a comforting and hearty side that’s perfect with the rich pork.

Layered Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes in a baking dish in a white countertop.

Mashed Potato Casserole: A casserole version of mashed potatoes, often topped with cheese or breadcrumbs, provides a creamy and satisfying addition to the meal.

A delicious dish of Mashed Potato Casserole topped with crispy bacon bits, garnished with fresh parsley, and served in a white oval casserole dish.

FAQ Section

What temperature to roast Brown Sugar Pork Loin?

To roast a Brown Sugar Pork Loin, it’s recommended to preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).

This temperature is ideal for cooking the pork thoroughly while allowing the brown sugar glaze to caramelize properly without burning.

Remember to use a meat thermometer to ensure the pork loin reaches the safe internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) before removing it from the oven.

Let it rest for about 10 minutes after roasting to allow the juices to redistribute, ensuring a moist and flavorful pork loin.

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Honey Fried Chicken

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Paprika Baked Chicken Thighs

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Holiday Drinks To Pair with Sugar Glazed Pork Loin

Vanilla Pear Holiday Punch

A festive Vanilla-Pear Holiday Punch pitcher and glasses garnished with lemon rounds, rosemary sprigs, and cranberries, embodying the spirit of holiday celebrations.

White Christmas Mimosas

Two chilled White Christmas Mimosas, adorned with cranberries, set against a festive backdrop, ready to be enjoyed.

Cranberry Margaritas

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Juicy Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin on a serving platter, garnished with fresh herbs, showcasing its caramelized glaze
Yield: 8 servings

Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

The Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin is a delightful blend of sweet and savory. This dish features a tender, perfectly roasted pork loin with a caramelized brown sugar and Dijon mustard glaze. Garnished with fresh herbs, it's an eye-catching and delicious centerpiece ideal for any special occasion or family dinner.

Ingredients

  • 3 lb. pork loin
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • ⅓ cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3  tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, (chopped, for decoration)

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven: Set oven to 350°F (175°C).
  2. Prepare Pork Loin: Rub with olive oil, and season with sea salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning.
  3. Make Glaze: Mix dark brown sugar and Dijon mustard.
  4. Apply Glaze: Coat the pork loin evenly with the glaze.
  5. Roast: Place in a roasting pan and bake for about 20 minutes per pound, or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). For a standard-sized pork loin (around 2-3 pounds), this will be roughly 40-60 minutes. It's important to use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature of the pork loin reaches 145°F (63°C), indicating it is cooked through and safe to eat.
  6. Rest: Let the pork loin rest for 10 minutes after removing from the oven.
  7. Serve: Slice and garnish with chopped parsley. Enjoy!Sliced Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Pork Loin arranged on a serving dish, displaying the tender, perfectly cooked interior and glazed exterior.

Notes

  • Remember to use a meat thermometer to ensure the pork loin reaches the safe internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) before removing it from the oven.
  • Let the pork loin rest for 10 minutes after removing from the oven.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 433Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 136mgSodium 500mgCarbohydrates 19gFiber 0gSugar 18gProtein 45g

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