How to cook a pork tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin with bacon and brown sugar glaze

Pork loin is a dish that is both satisfying and easy to prepare. Depending on the ingredients, marinades or specific flavors, it easily lends itself to both casual and formal dining. The ingredients and flavors can be varied based on preference or items at hand. One piece of advice on cooking pork tenderloin is to keep it moist by allowing the juices to remain inside the roast and letting the roast «rest» for 10 minutes before carving.


Step 1

Seasoning the roast

Combine the paprika, Chili powder, Paprika, Cumin, Cinnamon, Salt and fresh Ground pepper in a bowl, sprinkle liberally over the roast and use your hands to rub the seasonings all over and around the pork, including the ends of the roll. This will ensure proper coverage and keep the meat from drying out. Place the roast in the pan with the fat side up.

Step 2

Place bacon on top of roast evenly

Cut 4 strips of bacon in half and cover the top of the roast with the strips. Place the roast in the oven for 1 � to 2 hours at 300 degrees and until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees. While the roast is cooking, make the sugar glaze and set aside.

Step 3

Making the glaze

Combine the cider vinegar, brown sugar, flour, and dry mustard in a small saucepan. Simmer and whisk together for a minute or until the glaze is smooth and silky looking. Spoon it over the roast and continue roasting for another 10 minutes. Use the meat thermometer and pull out of the oven once it reads 160°. Let the roast «rest» for 5 to 10 minutes so the juices redistribute evenly. Carve and serve.

Step 4

Complete the meal

Mashed potatoes and baked potatos are popular items to serve along side with a pot roast. If you are looking for a something different, experiment with whole grains as a perfect companion to your roast. Some ideas are Couscous, Kasha (Buckwheat), Brown rice, Baked sweet potatoes or yams, rice pilaf and steamed vegetables.

Things Needed
• 1 boneless pork loin, about 5pounds
• 4 slices bacon
• A meat thermometer
• A roasting pan
• RUB MIX: 1 teaspoon chili powder,1/2 teaspoon paprika-1 1/2 teaspoons salt-1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin & 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• GLAZE: 1 cup light brown sugar, 2 tablespoons flour, 2 tablespoons cider vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

Tips & Warnings
• Use a meat themometer to make sure the pork loin is fully cooked.
• To keep the roast moist, you can add a 1/3 cup of water to the pan before placing the roast in the pan.


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