14 Easy Pork Sauces That Elevate Your Meal

14 Easy Pork Sauces That Elevate Your Meal

What’s pork without a delicious sauce to accompany it? From mustard sauce to the perfect glaze for spiralized baked ham, these recipes are the best ways to dress up one of our favorite meats for holidays, special occasions, and even regular weekdays.

You can even use these recipes as a sauce for pork chops, whether served a la carte or between halves of yeast rolls. Sure, pork already has a dose of delicious flavor, but sometimes giving it a sweet finish, a tangy spiced topping, or even a cold dip can take it from pork to an out-of-this-world entree. Try these pork sauces next time you have pork on the menu, and you’ll never look back.

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Gorgeous winter citrus stars alongside the pork in this wonderful dish. Garnish with tangerines, oranges, and blood oranges when in season. This garnish pairs perfectly with fresh orange juice and marmalade.

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If you’ve never tried BBQ Glazed Pork before, prepare to be amazed. This recipe from Matt Bolus at Nashville’s 404 Kitchen adds a sweet, smoky, and spicy twist to baked pork. This dish makes any dinner feel like a special occasion.

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You’ll need a lot of cloves to get this flavor-packed glaze. Spicy brown mustard, Coke soft drinks, brown sugar, and bourbon round out the delicious sauce. Keep the pork moist by leaving a thin layer of fat when trimming.

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The strong coffee and pepper jelly flavor create a juicy spiral ham, perfect for any holiday dinner table. This easy-to-assemble glaze uses three ingredients: brewed coffee, pepper jelly, and kosher salt. Stir until well mixed.

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Try this apricot-based glaze to give your holiday ham a new twist this year. Apricot jam, brown sugar, and ground mustard work together to create a sweet, sticky, delicious glaze. Keep the pork moist by covering it with aluminum foil while baking.

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This five-ingredient, easy-to-make glaze is an excellent holiday recipe. Maple syrup and bourbon combine for a sweet, crunchy, and sticky crust, perfect for delicious spiral ham. Ginger and cinnamon complement this glaze perfectly, coating the salty and juicy pork.

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Lemon may not come to mind when you think of glazed ham, but it makes sense when paired with a sweet tea brine. This lemon and tea flavor combination is a nod to our favorite Southern drink. This delicious lemon sauce is made with brown sugar and Dijon mustard for an all-around flavor, and you’ll want to use any extra to add to the pork.

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Use your favorite soda for this versatile sweet glaze. Instead of apple juice or bourbon, try pineapple or orange juice. In addition to the original recipe, we love the glaze made with Dr. Pepper and pineapple juice.

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This sweet brown sugar is lightly spiced with cinnamon and allspice rather than garnished with cloves. Whole-grain Dijon mustard balances the sweetness.

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If you’re serving country ham, this red-eyed gravy is a must-have. Combine the pork rinds in a pan with strong coffee, and you’re done.

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If you like a little spice with your sweetness, this sauce is the perfect balance. Prepare the canned pineapple and apple jelly mixture with a pinch of horseradish and crushed red pepper. You’ll need this sauce on hand not only for ham biscuits, but also for grilled meats, biscuits, sandwiches, and veggies.

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There’s almost nothing better than biscuits with leftover ham the day after the holiday. This Creole spread makes it even more amazing, and is sure to become your new favorite condiment.

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This ham recipe comes with three glaze options: Fig and Thyme Glaze, Sage and Apple Cider Glaze, and Ginger and Clove Glaze. Make some extra glaze to cover leftovers the next day.

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Glazed in a bourbon brown sugar glaze, this pork tenderloin adds a rich, smoky flavor to your dinner entrees. Add spiced pineapple salsa to the mix for a fresh and lively combination. Choose fresh pineapple instead of canned for the best texture and flavor.

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