Family recipes are great. There’s nothing like a long standing recipe passed from generation to generation. This is one of Grandma’s recipes that my mom claims she made for us a lot as kids, but I don’t remember having it before. And truthfully before this the idea of pork and apple was kind of weird to me. I know it’s totally a traditional combo, but it always seemed weird. I prefer my pork in a nice creamy mushroom sauce. This recipe changed all that. It’s crazy easy and SUPER delicious. No dry and boring pork here. The apple melds with the brown sugar and ketchup making a kind of cider-BBQ. Searing the pork and then cooking it in the foil keeps it nice and moist.
Use whatever kind of apples you have on hand. I think I used Sun Crisp for this, but I think any apple would work great.
Serves as many as you need just multiply accordingly
- 1 slice pork, about 1/2″ thick (I used boneless)
- salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 Tbsp brown sugar
- 1 Tbsp ketchup
- 1/2 an apple, cored
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, coat with cooking spray. Generously season pork with salt and pepper. Sear the pork about 2 minutes, until golden on each side.
Preheat oven to 350°F.
Place each piece of pork on a separate piece of foil large enough to generously wrap the pork. Top the pork with brown sugar and ketchup, then place the apple half cut side down on top (so the brown sugar and ketchup fit in the hole where the core was). Wrap tightly in foil and place in baking dish. Bake for 50-55 minutes.