Pork Tenderloin with Ah So Sauce

This delicious and easy pork tenderloin with Ah So sauce has a flavor similar to Chinese pork spareribs, with that irresistible contrast of salty, sweet, and sour.

Pork Tenderloin with Ah So Sauce

My family has been making some version of Ah-So pork for ages. It’s one of those easy, reliable recipes that everyone loves. All it needs is a side of white rice and you have a fabulous meal in under an hour!

Pork Tenderloin with Ah So Sauce

Ah So Pork

Of course Ah-So sauce is the base of the recipe and the star of the show, in all its neon red, sweet-and-sour glory. If you’re not familiar with this sauce, it’s a jarred Chinese BBQ sauce that’s popular in the northeastern United States, made with corn syrup, miso, garlic, etc. It tastes sweet, salty, garlicky, and slightly sour. If you can’t find it in your local grocery store (in the Asian foods section), here’s a link to it on Amazon and Walmart.

To add a little more depth and dimension to our Ah So pork tenderloin, I mix it with soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, brown sugar, ground ginger, and garlic (you can use fresh garlic or garlic powder). *Note: While the sauce tastes best with all of those ingredients, this recipe is incredibly forgiving. So if you’re missing one or two of the ingredients (the Ah-So sauce is a must), you’ll still be able to turn out a meal that tastes great.

Pork Tenderloin with Ah So Sauce

Once you’ve whisked up your Ah So sauce mixture, it’s time to marinate the pork. Marinating gives the pork time to really soak up some of that delicious sauce, but if you don’t have time to marinate, fear not! The pork will still turn out great if you simply slather on the sauce and bake it immediately. To marinate: Pour the Ah so mixture into a gallon-sized plastic bag, add your pork tenderloins, press out as much air as possible, and seal the bag. Turn the bag a few times to coat the pork in marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours, flipping the bag halfway through to make sure the pork marinates evenly.

Pork Tenderloin with Ah So Sauce

When you’re ready to cook the Ah So pork, line a baking pan with aluminum foil, remove the tenderloins from the marinade (discard the liquid), place the tenderloins in the center of the pan, and bake at 350 degrees F for 40-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the pork rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with any green vegetable you like and a side of rice.

Enjoy!

Pork Tenderloin with Ah So Sauce
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4.72 from 7 votes

Pork Tenderloin with Ah So Sauce

This delicious and easy pork tenderloin with Ah So sauce has a flavor similar to Chinese pork spareribs, with that irresistible contrast of salty, sweet, and sour.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Marinating30 mins
Course: Main Course, Pork
Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
Keyword: ah so sauce, pork marinade, pork tenderloin
Servings: 6
Calories: 258kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Ah-So sauce
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • 3 tbsp light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp ground ginger (or 1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder (or 2 garlic cloves, minced)
  • 2 lb pork tenderloin

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, whisk the Ah-So sauce, soy sauce, sesame oil, brown sugar, ginger, and garlic. Pour the marinade into a gallon-sized plastic bag, add the pork tenderloins, press out as much air as possible and seal the bag. Turn the bag a few times to coat the pork in marinade and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours, flipping the bag halfway through to make sure the pork marinates evenly.
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil. Remove the pork from the marinade, discard the remaining liquid, and place the tenderloins in the center of the pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the pork sit for 10 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition

Calories: 258kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 99mg | Sodium: 601mg | Potassium: 644mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 20mg | Iron: 2mg
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73 thoughts on “Pork Tenderloin with Ah So Sauce

    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      Hi Ash! Sorry, I should have given more info on the sauce! It’s a jarred Chinese BBQ sauce that’s popular in the northeastern United States, made with corn syrup, miso, garlic, etc. It tastes sweet, salty, garlicky, and slightly sour. If you can’t find it in your local grocery store (in the Asian foods section), here’s a link to it on Amazon and Walmart.

      Reply
  1. lee

    looks Perfect for summer quick lean protein dish! OK… Ah So?… can you share ingredients or recipe…i don’t recall ever seeing that in asian section! THANKS… Hope you had a fun 4th!

    ~leelee

    Reply
    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      Thank you, Leelee!! I should have shared more about the sauce! Here’s more info (I’ve edited the post to include it!): Ah So Sauce is a jarred Chinese BBQ sauce that’s popular in the northeastern United States, made with corn syrup, miso, garlic, etc. It tastes sweet, salty, garlicky, and slightly sour. If you can’t find it in your local grocery store, here’s a link to it on Amazon and Walmart.

      Reply
  2. Lynne Thomas

    OMG, I didn’t think anyone else knew about Ah So Sauce. Growing up always looked forward to pork chop night because we got to have Ah So Sauce on them. MNM. The flavor is un to itself. I have taken it to the grill for grilled pork chops but I think I will bring the pork tenderloin along for the ride now. Thanks for the recipe!!!! HOW GOES THE COLIC?

    Reply
  3. NL

    Kinda hard to try a recipe that doesn’t tell you how to make the main sauce ingredient. Disappointed in this post.

    Reply
    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      Hi NL,
      I’m sorry, I should have given more info on Ah So sauce! It’s a jarred Chinese BBQ sauce that’s popular in the northeastern United States, made with corn syrup, miso, garlic, etc. It tastes sweet, salty, garlicky, and slightly sour. If you can’t find it in your local grocery store (in the Asian foods section), here’s a link to it on Amazon and Walmart.

      Reply
    2. Kelly

      5 stars
      If you had bothered to read the description before the recipe in the second/third paragraph it clearly states that it is a jarred sauce that you purchase, not one that you make. How disappointing for you.

      Reply
  4. Lisa

    Andie
    Ah So sauce is a Northeast specialty, you should say this and offer info on how to make your own, since your readers live all over and most cant purchase it in their regular stores. That being said, you obviously disappointed all those who have no idea what you’re suggesting(mixing it with other ingredients). Next time, please be thoughtful when giving out a recipe that you truly don’t know the origins of. Now,can you share what to do for those of us who dont have Ah So sauce in their grocery stores? Thank you.

    Reply
    1. Andie Mitchell Post author

      Hi Lisa,
      Sorry, I should have given details on what the sauce is! My mistake. I have not made a homemade version of it myself so I won’t be able to provide a good recipe swap, but here are links to find the product on Amazon and Walmart.

      Reply
    2. Geri

      Lisa, Andie has shared the recipe and ALL the info about the Ah-So sauce at least twice here! There is NO NEED to be so nasty to her. YOU SHOULD APOLOGIZE! You are RUDE, RUDE, RUDE!!!!! Andie is so nice and accommodating. You should be ashamed !

      Reply
    3. Geri

      You are so rude and nasty! A die shared the information about the Ah-So sauce at least twice. There is no need to be so obnoxious! Be ashamed! And you ought to apologize

      Reply
    4. Joey

      It’s a JARRED sauce! You BUY it . It says it in her post. Your comment seemed rather rude. Please read before commenting negatively.

      I’m making it now. I miss having this as a kid. Yum

      Reply
  5. Dennie

    5 stars
    OMG, I didn’t think anyone else knew about Ah So Sauce. Growing up always looked forward to pork chop night because we got to have Ah So Sauce on them. MNM. The flavor is un to itself. I have taken it to the grill for grilled pork chops but I think I will bring the pork tenderloin along for the ride now. Thanks for the recipe!!!! HOW GOES THE COLIC?

    Reply
  6. Michael Conroy

    Don’t listen to these people, a simple Google search of “ah so sauce” would show them the product, people are exhausting

    Reply
  7. Susan McInerney

    Hi, Andie! It’s been a while since I jumped onto your website, and this recipe looks absolutely delicious–and brilliantly simple. One thing I’m wondering: How would you adapt this to chicken? I guess with bone-in chicken breasts and thighs the time in the oven would be about the same.
    And I like the (implicit via photo) idea of pairing it with bok choy. How did you could that? I’ll Google some, but I’m wondering if you have a go-to method of preparing it here. Thanks so much…

    Also, try catnip tea for Levi if he still suffers from colic! Really helps to settle their little digestive systems!

    Blessings, Susan Mc

    Reply
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  38. Josephine A

    5 stars
    I grew up in Queens NY. Every diner had Chinese roast pork on garlic bread with duck sauce. It was my favorite sandwich. I picked up a jar of Ah-so sauce yesterday and plan to use your recipe to recreate this childhood favorite.

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  54. Courtney

    5 stars
    I made this recipe just the other day. It is absolutely DELICIOUS! It is a perfect recipe and don’t have to make any adjustments. I also shared it with a friend and her and her family loved it.
    Would this recipe also work in a slow cooker, aka Crock Pot? Or with it cooking for a long time caramelize the sauce due to the sugars?

    I am looking forward to checking out more of your recipes.

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  58. Danielle moore

    3 stars
    The only part of the post I wasn’t sure about is do I mix the ingredients given with the Ah so sauce??? Or separately? Other than that the directions are fine I have Adhd and comprehensive issues so it’s not any fault of yours why I’m asking simplicity lol

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