Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is one of the best recipes for entertaining. It is so easy to make that you probably don’t need a recipe for it. You just need to season the pork, wrap it in bacon, and bake it.
Repeat after me: Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
It is pork. Wrapped in bacon. And roasted. The best thing ever!
This recipe is one of my favorite ones for entertaining, especially during the holidays season. It is super easy to make, delicious, and very beautiful on the table. It is, for sure, a winner in my book.
Almost anything, in general, is a winner if it involves bacon. Or pork.
Where I come from, we used to say that pork is the best vegetable, so here you have a glimpse of this delicious “kale.” 🙂
The tenderloin is a tender muscle located closer to the central spine of the pig. It is a very soft and beautiful cut, but it is also very, very lean.
We all know that fat makes everything better. To provide the necessary fat for this tender pork cut, we wrap bacon around it. The bacon also provides the necessary moisture to the meat, so the meat doesn’t dry out in the oven. the result is tender, juicy, and absolutely delicious.
This is a basic recipe that will allow you to add your favorite seasoning. I am always in favor to take a recipe and make it your own so that you can adjust it to your family’s needs and likes.
What you need for the recipe:
This is what you need: pork tenderloin, slices of your favorite bacon, spices, and herbs to flavor the meat, and optional some honey, to brush the bacon before you put the meat in the oven.
How to make the roasted bacon wrapped pork tenderloin:
Step 1. Preheat the oven and season the meat.
Before starting anything else, preheat the oven to 375F. Season the meat with salt, pepper, and thyme.
If you like other spices, feel free to use them as well. (I sprinkled a little bit of harissa powder this time, but I used garlic powder some other times. Sweet, hot, or smoked paprika is a good option as well).
Step 2. Wrap meat in slices of bacon.
Take a few pieces of bacon and wrap them one by one around the pork tenderloin. The bacon will keep the meat very moist inside and give a lot of flavor to it.
Season again with salt, pepper, and thyme (garlic powder, harissa, or anything else you like).
Step 3. Place the meat on the baking dish.
Place the meat in a baking dish or a roasting pan ( I need a bigger pan too, as you can see from my picture).
Make sure you don’t add too much salt, as the bacon might be salty also and you will end up with an inedible dish.
Optional: You can brush the bacon with some maple syrup or warmed honey. I personally skipped the step this time, but you don’t have to. You need only one or tablespoons of maple syrup or warm honey to brush over the top of the meat.
Step 4. Bake
Bake the meat for about 45 minutes to an hour or until the temperature inside reaches 145F and the bacon is crispy. Remove it from the oven and allow it to rest for about 5 minutes before you start digging into it.
The meat needs a little time to set.
Step 5. Slice the meat and serve.
Slice the meat on diagonal and serve next to mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes, green beans, salad, or anything else you like. This time, I made roasted potatoes separately and served them together on a platter.
The roasted bacon-wrapped tenderloin pork was the king of the night and the potatoes were amazing.
Pour the juices from the pan over the meat and potatoes and serve everything with a glass of red wine.
Enjoy it! If you like this recipe, maybe you will enjoy the Chicken Marbella, another beautiful recipe for entertaining.
More recipes to love and make:
- 1-2 pieces of pork tenderloin
- 1 pound smoked bacon
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme
- harissa powder
- garlic powder
- 1-2 teaspoons honey or maple syrup to brush on the bacon
- Preheat the oven to 375F.
- Season the meat with salt, pepper, and thyme.
- Take a piece of bacon and wrap it around the pork tenderloin.
- Continue wrapping the bacon around the meat until all the meat is covered.
- Season again with salt, pepper, and thyme. Do not add too much salt, as the bacon might be already salty enough.
- Optional: Brush the surface of the bacon with some honey or maple syrup.
- Bake at 375F for 45 minutes to an hour or until the temperature inside reaches 145F and the bacon is crispy.
- Let the meat rest for about 5 minutes before you slice it.
- Serve with roasted or mashed potatoes, green beans, or any vegetables you like.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 28gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 96mgSodium: 1416mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 33g