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Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Instant Pot Recipe – Aunt Nellie’s Red Cabbage Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Instant Pot Recipe – Aunt Nellie’s Red Cabbage


Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Instant Pot Recipe – Aunt Nellie’s Red Cabbage

Written by: Emily Smith

This apple bourbon pork tenderloin is my go-to comfort food. Tender pork, sweet apples, and a kick of bourbon, all cooked up in my trusty Instant Pot. Served with tangy Aunt Nellie's red cabbage, it's a meal that warms the soul.

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Who can resist succulent pork tenderloin bathed in a sweet and smoky apple bourbon sauce? I know I can't! It's a family favorite in my house, served alongside Aunt Nellie's tangy red cabbage. Best part? This dish comes together effortlessly in an instant pot. Yes, you heard it right! If you're a fan of savory meals with a hint of sweet, this recipe is absolutely for you. Intrigued? Let's dive right into it, shall we?

Ingredients for Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

  • Pork tenderloin: Lean cut of meat that cooks quickly and stays tender, perfect for a fast and flavorful dish.
  • Olive oil: Adds richness and helps brown the pork, enhancing flavor and preventing sticking in the instant pot.
  • Onion: Provides a savory base flavor and sweetness when caramelized, adding depth to the dish.
  • Garlic: Infuses a pungent, aromatic flavor that complements the pork and other ingredients in the dish.
  • Apple cider: Brings a sweet and tangy flavor that pairs well with pork and creates a delicious sauce.
  • Bourbon: Adds a rich, smoky sweetness to the dish, enhancing the flavor profile and providing depth.
  • Apples: Offer a natural sweetness and fruity flavor that complements the pork and adds a touch of freshness.

Essential Tools for Making This Instant Pot Recipe

  • Instant Pot: Essential for pressure cooking the pork tenderloin quickly while keeping it tender and flavorful.
  • Knife: Needed for slicing the onion, garlic, and apples to add layers of flavor to the dish.
  • Cutting board: Provides a safe and stable surface for chopping ingredients before cooking.
  • Measuring cup: Ensures accurate amounts of apple cider and bourbon are added for the perfect balance of flavors.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: 25 minutes

Total time: 40 minutes


  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 apples, peeled and sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Aunt Nellie's Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage, for serving


  1. Season the pork tenderloin with salt and pepper.
  2. Select the "Saute" function on the Instant Pot and heat the olive oil.
  3. Brown the pork tenderloin on all sides, then remove and set aside.
  4. Add the onion and garlic to the Instant Pot and sauté until softened.
  5. Pour in the apple cider and bourbon, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pot.
  6. Return the pork tenderloin to the Instant Pot and add the sliced apples.
  7. Close the lid, set the valve to sealing, and cook on high pressure for 10 minutes.
  8. Allow for a natural pressure release for 10 minutes, then manually release any remaining pressure.
  9. Slice the pork tenderloin and serve with the cooked apples and Aunt Nellie's Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 350 kcal | Carbohydrates: 20 g | Protein: 25 g | Total Fat: 15 g | Saturated Fat: 4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 75 mg | Sodium: 450 mg | Dietary Fiber: 4 g | Sugar: 14 g | Calcium: 60 mg | Potassium: 600 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 100 µg | Vitamin C: 8 mg

Tips for Making Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Ahead of Time

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Prepare the pork tenderloin as directed but do not cook it.
  • Store the seasoned pork tenderloin in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before cooking.

Freezing Instructions

  • Season the pork tenderloin and place it in a freezer-safe bag.
  • Squeeze out any excess air, seal the bag, and label it with the date.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before cooking as directed.

One interesting fact about this apple bourbon pork tenderloin instant pot recipe is that you can enhance the flavor by using a mix of sweet and tart apples for a more complex taste profile.

Common Questions About This Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Can I use a different type of meat for this recipe?
Yes, you can substitute pork tenderloin with chicken or beef, but adjust the cooking time accordingly.
Can I omit the bourbon from the recipe?
Absolutely, feel free to omit the bourbon or replace it with apple juice for a non-alcoholic version.
How can I make this recipe vegetarian?
To make this recipe vegetarian, you can substitute the pork tenderloin with tofu or seitan and use vegetable broth instead of apple cider.
Can I prepare this recipe without an Instant Pot?
Yes, you can make this recipe on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, adjusting the cooking times as needed.
Is Aunt Nellie's Red Cabbage necessary for this dish?
While Aunt Nellie's Red Cabbage adds a unique flavor, you can serve the pork tenderloin with any side dish of your choice.

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