Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
This pork tenderloin recipe uses bacon and a tangy tomato sauce for a tasty unique flavor.
This is an optional step, because pork tenderloin can be dry if overcooked brining them first in a salt and sugar water solution will produce a tasty, moist tenderloin. If the pork you have purchased is enhanced or seasoned do not use a brine solution or add any salt to the recipe.
Dissolve about ¾ cup of kosher salt or 4-6 tablespoons of table salt and 4-6 tablespoons of sugar in 2-3 quarts (2-3 liters) of hot tap water in a large resealable bag or plastic container. Let the tenderloin sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours in the brine solution, turning the bag or tenderloin once. The longer the tenderloin sits in the brine the mushier it will become, so no more than 2 hours.
Remove the tenderloin from the brine and pat dry with paper towel and continue to step 1.
1.Place tenderloin on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Lay 1-2 slices of bacon length ways over each tenderloin, tucking bacon under each end.
2. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Place in oven uncovered 20-30 minutes cooking time, pork tenderloin is done when center reaches 145-150 degrees on a instant-read thermometer.
3. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Cook chopped onion in butter until tender. Add tomato sauce, vinegar, parsley flakes, sugar and sweet pickle relish. Simmer uncovered about 10 minutes.
4. The sauce can be poured over the tenderloin just before serving. Another option, half the sauce can be spooned over the tenderloin after 15 minutes in the oven and the other half just before serving.
5. Tent with foil 10-15 minutes, temperature should rise another 5-10 degrees. Thinly slice across the grain and serve with rice or vegetables.
Below is a chart for cooking bacon wrapped pork tenderloin, remember you should always use an instant-read thermometer to check the doneness of all pork recipes. The internal temperature will rise about 5-10 degrees during resting time, remove the roast 5-10 degrees before desired doneness.
|Doneness||Description||Meat Thermometer Reading|
|Medium||Pink throughout||145-150 degrees|
|Medium-Well||Slightly pink in center||150-160 degrees|
|Well-Done||Beige-pink throughout||160-170 degrees|
It is not recommended pork be cooked less than medium doneness.