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Molasses and Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Molasses and Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

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Sweet heavenly molasses I love you! – unknown

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What is Molasses?

At the time I made this pork tenderloin recipe, I really didn’t know much about molasses.  Honestly, the only time I ever “used” molasses was when I told someone “your slow as molasses”. Nice, right?!  Actually, while pretty thick and gooey, that sucker poured out of the bottle quickly! Just sayin.  

Molasses is a thick syrup left over from the sugar refining process and can be used in savory dishes and as a sweetener in baked goods. You should try using molasses in marinades, bbq sauces, and baked beans.  You could also use it as a glaze or spread on toast, baked potatoes, and when roasting meats.  It’s even a great to use in cake and cookie recipes. I was surprised to find out that molasses contains a good amount of iron which makes it good for vegetarians, pregnant woman and those suffering from anemia.  It’s  also rich in calcium, copper, potassium and magnesium.

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If you haven’t cooked with molasses I would say give it a try.  I was slightly skeptical at first because it’s a really new ingredient in my pantry, but I loved the great color and flavor it lent to this dish.  


Molasses-Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Teriyaki and molasses marinated pork tenderloin


  • 2 Pork Tenderloins
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Teriyaki
  • 1/2 cup Unsulphured Molasses
  • Garlic salt to taste


  • Mix the ingredients above in a deep dish and marinate tenderloin(s) for few hours or overnight. *A plastic zip bag also works well*
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Remove tenderloins from the refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes before roasting.
  • Grill or sear meat on high for about 6-7 minutes on each side and then transfer to a roasting pan.
  • Put roasting pan in the oven to continue cooking for another 20 minutes (or until cooked through).
  • Remove from oven when done, let stand a few minutes and slice.


ALTERNATIVELY:  Place pork in a roasting pan with a 1/4 cup of chicken stock and cover with foil. Place in a 400 degree F oven and cook covered for 45 minutes and then uncovered for another 15-20 mins or until done.
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