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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.

Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Instant Pot Recipe - Aunt Nellie's Red Cabbage

This Apple Bourbon Pork Tenderloin Instant Pot Recipe is a delicious and easy-to-make dish that combines the flavors of apple cider, bourbon, and tender pork. Serve it with Aunt Nellie's Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage for a complete meal.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 350 kcal


  • Instant Pot
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons


Main Ingredients

  • 1 lb 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


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


This recipe is perfect for a quick and flavorful meal. The combination of apple cider and bourbon adds a unique twist to the pork tenderloin.

Nutrition value:

Calories: 350kcalCarbohydrates: 20gProtein: 25gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 450mgPotassium: 600mgFiber: 4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 100IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg


Keyword Apple, Bourbon, Instant Pot, Pork Tenderloin
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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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