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.
Why this recipe works:
The delightful fusion of pork wrapped in bacon and then roasted to perfection is a spectacle in itself. This recipe is a favorite for entertaining, notably during the holiday season. It's incredibly easy to prepare, looks beautiful on the table, and is undeniably delicious. It's a triumph in my cookbook.
The saying goes, almost anything is a winner if it involves bacon or pork. In my neck of the woods, we have a saying that pork is the best vegetable, providing a humorous glimpse into this delightful "kale." 🙂
The tenderloin, nestled near the pig's central spine, is a soft, exquisite, yet lean cut.
Fat is flavor's friend, so we wrap bacon around this tender cut for that needed richness, also ensuring the meat remains moist in the oven, emerging tender, juicy, and delectable.
This basic recipe is a canvas for your favorite seasonings. I encourage personalizing it to cater to your family's tastes and preferences.
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
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 the 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. 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 mixed with spices like thyme, salt, and pepper. 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 a 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.
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Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
- 1-2 pieces of pork tenderloin
- 1 pound smoked bacon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ½ 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.
- 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.