Aunt Sally’s Pork


“What one thing did you always ask me to make for you when you were growing up?” Aunt Sally prodded my husband.

We were gathered in her country French kitchen at her adorable lake house southeast of Atlanta. Jeff rattled off a litany of dishes, to which Aunt Sally drawled, “nope, something else.”

Clearly Aunt Sally’s cooking was a favorite pastime of my husband’s youth, and she even influenced me when I joined the Walters clan in 1989. I credit Aunt Sally and her mother, Jeff’s Granny, with inspiring me to quit my job and go to culinary school.

“Creamy fudge!” Aunt Sally shouted, and brought out a pound of foil and wax paper wrapped chocolaty goodness. In an instant, my 47 year-old husband melted into a boy as the fudge melted in his mouth. Aunt Sally thinks of herself as a country cook, yet her repertoire goes far beyond the basics of down home southern cooking.

For years, I’ve shared Aunt Sally’s pork marinade with friends and family, and I’ve even featured it in my cooking classes. I found out this trip that the recipe actually came from Mary Jo, her sister-in-law.

To me, it’s Aunt Sally’s recipe and now I’m sharing it with you, too.

Use it to marinate pork tenderloin or a center cut loin for at least 8 hours up to overnight. Put it on the grill and cook to medium. I promise you will love it as much as we do, and as much as we love Aunt Sally.



Aunt Sally’s Pork Marinade

Aunt Sally, along with her mother Clara (my husband’s grandmother and daughter) are just as responsible for inspiring me to become a chef as anyone. This pork marinade was something Sally’s husband, David, grilled for all special occasions — especially at Christmas or when company was coming. It is divine, and you can use a pork loin, like David did, or pork tenderloins, like I do. Just make sure you grill it. It’s better than pan-searing or oven roasting.

  • Author: Gwen Ashley Walters
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: marinades



1/2 cup pine nuts, finely ground
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 tablespoons ground coriander
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
Dash cayenne
1/2 cup soy sauce
1 cup olive oil


Mix all ingredients and put in a zippered plastic bag. Marinate the pork (or chicken) for up to 24 hours, but at least 4 hours. Discard marinade after removing pork or chicken.

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