Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

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This Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is juicy and flavorful. It’s an easy way to have a creative and decadent meal at home.

This Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is juicy and flavorful. It's an easy way to have a creative and decadent meal at home.

I absolutely love pork. To me, chicken is often overplayed, and I enjoy cooking with the other white meat. Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite cuts. And bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin is really delicious. Let’s be honest, what isn’t delicious wrapped in bacon?

The easiest way to cook pork tenderloin is by roasting it in the oven. If I want to cook up a tenderloin to cover in sauce or eat plain, this is how I do it. Sometimes, if there’s a lot of silverskin, or that translucent stuff that covers the meat, I prepare the tenderloin for cooking with a bit of attention.

When I make bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin, I follow almost all of the same steps as I do when I roast it plain, besides wrapping it in bacon. However, I do bump the oven temperature up to 400F because I like the bacon to get a little crispy. No one wants soggy bacon.

The key to wrapping the tenderloin easily is using toothpicks to secure the bacon strips. I usually use about 5-6 bacon strips per tenderloin. I start by placing a piece of bacon under one of the ends of the tenderloin. I secure it with a toothpick and then start wrapping. When that piece is covering the tenderloin, I place the end of another piece on top of the end of the wrapped piece and secure both pieces with another toothpick. I repeat until the tenderloin is covered.

One tip – don’t salt the tenderloin. Bacon salt content varies, so I season with some black pepper (fresh cracked is best), and if it needs salt, I add it at the table. Voila!

 

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Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin


  • Author: Allie McDonald
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is juicy and flavorful. It’s an easy way to have a creative and decadent meal at home.


Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 56 pieces thick-cut bacon
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • salt, to taste if needed
  • toothpicks, for securing the bacon

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.
  2. Pat the pork tenderloin dry and place it on a cutting board. Remove any silver skin if needed.
  3. Lay one piece of the bacon down under one end of the tenderloin. Secure it with a toothpick, and wrap the bacon around the pork.
  4. Place the end of anther piece of bacon on top of the end of the first piece and secure with a toothpick. Continue wrapping. Repeat these steps until the entire tenderloin is covered.
  5. Place the pork in a roasting pan and season with pepper. Do not salt. Depending on the salt level of the bacon, you might not need it. Salt can be added to taste at the table.
  6. Roast the pork tenderloin for 25-30 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145F and the bacon is cooked.
  7. Let the tenderloin rest for 5-7 minutes before slicing and serving.