Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin (5 min prep)

Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin is tender and juicy and very easy to make!  This slow cooker pork tenderloin has a combination of spices added to barbecue sauce and requires very little prep.

It’s one of those easy, no muss, no fuss recipes that everyone loves and it’s great served over homemade mashed potatoes or baked rice (or even brown rice)!

Pork Tenderloin sliced on a cutting board, garnished with thyme. WIth a crockpot in the background.

Pork Tenderloin vs. Pork Loin

Pork loin and pork tenderloin are two different cuts of meat and cannot be used interchangeably so be sure you’re using pork tenderloin for this recipe.

Both cuts are lean and and I most often make roast pork tenderloin as it doesn’t take all that long. I love this recipe when I’m going to be out of the house, the perfect meal to come home to.

  • Pork Tenderloin is thin and about 1 foot long. Each tenderloin will weigh about 1lb.
  • Pork Loin is thicker and looks more like a roast with a fat cap on the top. It will weigh closer to 3-4 lbs. (Pork loin recipe here).

Two images showing pork tenderloin in the crockpot and the bbq sauce ingredients (before mixing)

How to Make Crockpot Pork Tenderloin

When I said easy, I meant easy! There are only two steps for this recipe.

  1. Whisk the sauce ingredients together.
  2. Pour it over the tenderloin and walk away! To save a dish, you could even whisk the ingredients right in the Crock Pot, then add the pork and roll it in the sauce!

Oh, wait. Don’t forget to turn your Crock Pot on! Seriously, that’s really all there is to it.

NOTE: Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat and can dry out if overcooked. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer and remove from the slow cooker at 145°F. Rest 10 minutes before cutting.

How Long Does Pork Tenderloin Take in the Crock Pot?

Depending on the size, cooked on the “high” setting it should take about 2 to 2 1/2 hours, start to finish. You will want to test the internal temperature to make sure it is at least 145°F. This pork tenderloin is fall-apart tender and juicy from cooking in the juices from the sauce! Yum!

Overview of pork tenderloin cooked in the crockpot with a bbq sauce mixture, garnished with thyme.

What to Serve with Crock Pot Pork Tenderloin

Pork always tastes great with sweet potatoes but on a weeknight, it’s great over a crusty bun with a quick and easy kale salad on the side.

With the spices in this recipe, my all-time favorite is to have it with a side of Mexican corn and delicious potato packets.

What To Do With Leftovers

Now here’s a problem you won’t mind having…if you even have any leftovers!

  • In the Fridge: When stored in an airtight container or zippered bag, it can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days.
  • In the Freezer: Just like in the fridge, store in an airtight container or freezer bag! It can be frozen for up to three months.
  • To Thaw: Defrost in the fridge, and reheat slowly on the stovetop, or in the microwave in 80-second intervals.

Recooked meat gets tough, so be careful not to cook it again during the heating process… but definitely do get it piping hot!

Crock Pot Pork tenderloin

Slow cooker pork tenderloin has a surprise combination of spices including barbecue sauce mixed with chipotle, chili, and smoked paprika, providing a kick that will be a field goal for sure!

  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 2 cups bbq sauce
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. Add pork tenderloin to a 6-quart slow cooker.

  2. Combine bbq sauce, mustard, chili powder, and kosher salt.

  3. Pour bbq sauce mixture over the pork tenderloin and add the lid to the slow cooker.
  4. Cook on high for 2- 2 1/2 hours or low for 4 hours, until the pork tenderloin reaches 150°F.

  5. Remove from the slow cooker and rest 10 minutes. Slice and serve with sauce.

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Easy Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin is a great way to make a delicious meal in just half an hour! In this recipe pork tenderloin is seasoned, sautéed, and pressure cooked until tender and juicy. 

Once you have figured out how to use an Instant Pot, the sky is limit on quick and delicious weeknight meals! From creamy mac and cheese to deliciously tender ribs, yummy weeknight meals couldn’t be easier.

Instant pot pork tenderloin with gravy, garnished with parsley.

Cooking Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is a very lean piece of meat. It’s long and thin (not to be mistaken for a pork loin) and each loin will weigh about 1lb.

For the most part, I cook pork tenderloin in the oven at a high temperature just until it reaches 140°F (pork should be cooked to medium with a little bit of pink in the middle). In this recipe it cooks quickly in the pressure cooker for a great weeknight meal.

Two raw pork tenderloins seasoned on a plate.

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in the Instant Pot

This juicy pork tenderloin is easy to put together and will definitely be one of the recipes you keep in rotation in your kitchen! With just a little prep and some seasonings, you’ll be an Instant Pot pro in no time!

  1. Season the pork tenderloin and turn the IP to saute. Brown the tenderloin on each side.
  2. Remove the tenderloin, add the stock, white wine and scrape down the bits from the bottom (so you don’t get a burn notice).
  3. Return the pork to the pressure cooker and cook on high (per recipe below).

Two images showing the steps to deglaze the instant pot, then add the pork tenderloin on the trivet.

How Long to Cook Pork Tenderloin

Times may vary slightly but I always cook 1lb tenderloins (two at a time) for 5 minutes on high pressure and then naturally release the heat for another 10. Before serving make sure the internal temperature of the pork loin is at 145°F  at its thickest point then allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

From Frozen

You can cook pork from frozen in the Instant Pot. You’ll need to add about 11-12 minutes for a frozen pork tenderloin and then you will still allow for the 10 minute natural release.

What to Serve with Pork Tenderloin?

Pork tenderloin goes great with mashed potatoes, cauliflower, broccoli, and even zucchini! Cook separately or make a ‘raft’ of veggies for the bottom of the instant pot for the pork tenderloin to lay upon and cook everything in one pot! A fresh salad of mixed greens and a few slices of garlic bread out this hearty family dinner!

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Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is seasoned, sauteed, and pressure cooked until tender and juicy. 

  • 2 lbs pork tenderloin
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  1. In a small mixing bowl add Italian seasoning, garlic powder, kosher salt and black pepper.
  2. Place your pork tenderloin on a plate and season with the spice mixture.

  3. Set the Instant Pot to the saute setting and add the olive oil.

  4. When the oil is hot add the pork tenderloin and brown on all sides. When done, remove from the Instant Pot and place on a plate.

  5. Pour chicken stock and white wine into the Instant Pot and scrape up any brown bits on the bottom of the pot.

  6. Turn the heat off, add trivet and add in the browned pork tenderloin. Add the lid to the Instant Pot and set the pressure to high and cook for 5 minutes.

  7. After the timer has beeped let the pork natural release for 10 minutes and then manually release the remaining pressure.

  8. Check the internal temperature of the pork tenderloin to make sure it’s fully cooked – 140F to 145°F degrees. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

This recipe was tested in a 6qt Instant Pot only. Directions may vary with other sizes, consult your manual.

This recipe is for pork tenderloin, not for pork loin which will need longer to cook.

If your tenderloin is frozen, it can cook for about 12 minutes right from frozen (still allow for the 10 minute natural release).

If you’d like to thicken the sauce, combine 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Bring the sauce to a boil using the sautee setting and add the slurry a little bit at a time until the sauce reaches desired thickness.

Close up of instant pot pork tenderloin with gravy, garnished with parsley.
Gravy being poured over top of instant pot pork tenderloin.
Top photo shows instant pot pork tenderloin with gravy, garnished with parsley. Bottom photo shows the pork tenderloin on the trivet in the instant pot.

Perfect Pork Tenderloin (with creamy mushroom sauce)

This tender roasted Pork Tenderloin recipe is so simple to prepare and the result is an incredibly tender, juicy and delicious meal!

It’s lean and it’s also extremely easy to prepare with just a little bit of seasoning until it becomes fork tender.

A delicious main dish alongside is fast enough to make on a busy weeknight and elegant enough to serve to guests at a dinner party!

Tender roasted pork tenderloin being sliced on a wood cutting board

Thank you to our friends at the National Pork Board for sponsoring this post!x

The King of All Cuts

Pork tenderloin is, in my opinion, the king of all cuts of pork.

This cut of meat lives up to its name, tenderloin because it is just exactly that – so incredibly tender when cooked right! The key to perfection is knowing exactly how long to cook pork tenderloin (and not to overcook it)!

Pork Loin vs. Pork Tenderloin A pork loin is not the same as a pork tenderloin. A pork tenderloin is a long thin piece of meat about 7-8″ long and 2″ in diameter whereas a pork loin is a thicker piece of meat that is often cut down into roasts and chops.

Because of their differing shapes they cannot be used interchangeably as they do not cook the same way.

How To Prepare Pork Tenderloin

It incredibly versatile, you can make roast pork tenderloin either baked in the oven or on the BBQ. Pork tenderloin can be prepared in so many different ways… in addition to roasting, stuffed pork tenderloin is a favorite too!  We sometimes even slice it into medallions (which fry up in literally minutes or are perfect for making Grilled Pork) for a fast weeknight meal.

It can be crusted or just simply seasoned with your favorite seasonings or even just a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper – when you have a delicious, premium cut of meat, that is all it really needs!

Close up of Roasted Pork Tenderloin being cut.

How Do You Make Pork Tenderloin Juicy?

Knowing how to properly cook pork tenderloin can help you achieve melt in your mouth perfection! The answer is really simple, the key to perfect pork tenderloin is to make sure you don’t overcook it.

Many of us grew up at a time when our parents cooked all things pork until it was tough as leather. Today pork is safe to consume cooked to medium (145° F) leaving it just a little bit pink in the middle and tender & juicy. Serve this with perfect mashed potatoes and easy roasted asparagus.

Tips for Perfection

  • Cook at a high temperature so the outside will have nice color and flavor.
  • Brush with olive oil and fresh herbs & spices to the outside before cooking.
  • Use a thermometer to achieve the perfect temperature.
  • Allow your meat to rest before cutting.
  • If cooking pork tenderloin medallions, fry or grill them for just a few minutes on each side.
  • Do not overcook.  Pork tenderloin is very lean if overcooked can become dry.

I can’t stress this enough, using a thermometer is really essential to perfection! If you do not have one, this is a very small investment to ensure the best cook on not just pork, but many types of meat!

I have a digital thermometer where the probe is inserted into the meat (this one gets rave reviews and is inexpensive), then a wire cord connects the probe to the digital display. Don’t worry, the oven door closes just fine with the cord sticking out.

Pork Tenderloin Temperatures

When roasting pork tenderloin (or pork chops), it should be roasted to a tender juicy temperature of 145° F. Roasting your pork tenderloin to 145° F is a medium cook which means it’ll be just a little pink in the middle.

Anywhere between 145° F to 160° F is fine however cooking it more towards medium (145° F) will produce much juicier meat. Always remember to rest your meat for about 5 minutes before cutting it.

Pork Tenderloin slices covered in a creamy mushroom sauce.

What Color is a Cooked Pork Tenderloin?

I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of the Pass the Pork tour and learn first hand about both pork farming and cooking pork to perfection! For years I have confidently served my pork cooked to medium with just a hint of pink, the pork is so tender and juicy you can literally cut it with a fork.

Cooking your pork tenderloin to 145°F means your pork will have just a touch of pink in the middle. Pork tenderloin can be (and should be) served with a little bit of pink in the middle in order to ensure it’s juicy and fork-tender. Find more information about cooking pork at pork.org.

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knife cutting into pork tenderloin

Perfect Roasted Pork Tenderloin

Perfect Roasted Pork Tenderloin is so easy to prepare and the result is an incredibly tender & juicy meal!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 servings
Calories 286
Author Holly Nilsson

Ingredients

Roasted Pork Tenderloin

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon oil

Mushroom Sauce (Optional)

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 12 ounces sliced mushrooms cremini or white
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • salt and ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley

Instructions

Pork Tenderloin

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with foil
  • Season the pork with salt and pepper (add chopped fresh herbs if desired).
  • Heat oil and brown the pork evenly in a frying pan. Place on baking sheet.
  • Cook 18-20 minutes or until a thermometer reads an internal temperature of 145° F (While the tenderloin is cooking, begin to prepare the mushroom sauce)
  • Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Mushroom Sauce

  • Saute onion in oil until softened, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Add mushrooms, thyme and salt and pepper. Cook till mushrooms have released juices.
  • Add the wine to deglaze and loosen any bits off pan. Add the chicken broth and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a low boil for 2-3 minutes.
  • Melt butter. Add the flour and parsley to melted butter.
  • Whisk into broth and bring to a boil. Let cook 1 minute.
  • Simmer until thickened and serve over sliced tenderloin.

Notes

 
  • Use a thermometer and remove the pork from the oven when it reaches 145°F or just before.
  • Allow your meat to rest before cutting.
  • Do not overcook.  Pork tenderloin is very lean if overcooked can become dry.
  • Add some of the juices that escape from the tenderloin while it rests to the sauce or pour it over the sliced pork for extra flavor.

Nutrition

Calories: 286 | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 494mg | Potassium: 855mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 340IU | Vitamin C: 11.5mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 2.3mg

I am excited to have partnered the National Pork Board to bring you this belly warming recipe. While I was hosted in Sioux Falls and compensated for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Working with great brands I love allows me to keep bringing you the great recipes you love!

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Mouthwatering Pork Teriyaki!

Pork Teriyaki is one of the most delicious ways to prepare pork tenderloin.  Packed with mouthwatering umami flavor, teriyaki pork can be grilled, baked in the oven, or prepared it in your slow cooker.

Scrumptious and low in fat, a perfectly cooked pork tenderloin is a fork-tender cut of meat, and is super juicy when treated right. It really benefits from quick cooking at a high temperature and marinating in a rich liquid or sauce, such as teriyaki marinade for pork.

Grilled Pork Teriyaki Sandwich on a toasted roll with cucumbers and cilantro

Pork Teriyaki

When you’re making pork teriyaki, don’t make the mistake of buying pork loin in place of tenderloin. Although it sounds very similar, pork loin comes from a different part of the animal, and is a fattier, tougher cut that benefits more from low, slow roasting.

Pork tenderloin is a boneless, lean cylinder piece of meat and it’s perfect for slicing into medallions, as called for in this teriyaki pork tenderloin recipe. Be aware that pork tenderloin often has a tough section of silvery-white connective tissue on parts of the surface, known as “silverskin.” The silverskin does not soften with cooking, and needs to be trimmed off before slicing. It’s white/silver in color. Slip a knife under this piece of tissue and remove it before marinating or cooking.

Choose Thick Teriyaki Sauce

Teriyaki Sauce is made with soy sauce as the foundation and has brown sugar for sweetness and garlic and ginger for flavor. It’s the sugar that makes teriyaki such a great marinade for meat. When proteins in meat combine with sugars or carbs during cooking, the result is a delectable caramelized glaze.

If you buy bottled teriyaki, be sure to get the thick teriyaki sauce (you want the consistency of bbq sauce, not the one that is runny like soy sauce).

Pork Teriyaki with sesame seeds on a grill pan

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How to Make Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin on the grill is as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Slice the pork loin into chunks and pound to 1/2″ thick.
  2. Marinate in teriyaki sauce (4-5 hours if you have time)
  3. Place on a medium-hot grill, 3-4 minutes per side (it’s quick)!!

Remember that pork tenderloin should be cooked to 145°F and can be a little bit pink in the middle. It only needs a few minutes each side.

Serve on a bun or over rice with steamed broccoli and enjoy! We always toast the rolls with a bit of Homemade Garlic Butter for great flavor. Add in some cucumbers and cilantro for freshness and enjoy!

If you’re not up to grilling, then teriyaki pork can be broiled in the oven. Place on a foil lined pan (teriyaki sauce is sticky and difficult to clean) and broil 4″ from the heat for about 5 minutes per side or just until pork reaches 145°F.

Pork Teriyaki on a baking sheet with cilantro

What Goes With Teriyaki Pork

Teriyaki pork goes great with coleslaw, spicy-hot kimchee, and sweet potato fries.

We usually serve this with a fresh salad Easy Kale Salad with Fresh Lemon DressingFresh Corn Salad or easy Potato Salad.

So delicious! Enjoy!

Barbecued Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

Pork Teriyaki is one of the most delicious ways to prepare pork tenderloin.  Packed with mouthwatering umami flavor, teriyaki pork is always a favorite. 

  • 2 Pork Tenderloin (1lb each) (Cut in 4-5 pieces each)
  • 2 cups teriyaki Sauce (ensure it's thick sauce)
  • 2 large onions (Sliced)
  • 2 sliced green onions (optional)
  • sesame seeds for garnish (optional)
  1. Cut each pork tenderloin into 4-5 pieces, pound pork pieces until 1/2″ thick.

  2. Marinate pork medallions in teriyaki sauce and onion slices for 4-6 hours

  3. Preheat grill to high. Grill the Pork Medallions on high 3-4 minutes per side

  4. If desired, place onions on a grill tray and grill for 5 minutes until soft, stirring occasionally.  (Keep a close eye on the onions so they don’t burn)

  5. Sprinkle pork with sesame seeds and green onions if desired.

We love to serve the pork medallions on toasted rolls with chopped green onions. Serve and Enjoy!

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Grilled or Baked)

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is such an easy meal to prepare and serve!  Seasoned pork tenderloin is wrapped with bacon slices and baked, or grilled, to perfection!

Pork tenderloin is a tender cut of meat to begin with, but the addition of bacon really adds to the tenderness and flavor! By slicing the meat into medallions to serve, there is a little bit of bacon in every bite! Really, bacon wrapped anything is always a good idea!

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin sliced on a wooden board

Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite proteins just simply roasted in the oven or stuffed pork tenderloin. It’s incredibly juicy and tender and everyone in my family loves it.  While I often simply season and cook pork tenderloin in the oven, this is one of those easy pork tenderloin recipes that is kind of next level and can be pork tenderloin oven baked, or grilled pork tenderloin.

We absolutely love to cook this pork tenderloin recipe on the grill, but we do use a grill mat to keep the bacon from flaring up. If you’ve never cooked on a grill mat before I can’t say how much I recommend them!  I they’re perfect for everything from Grilled Zucchini  to Grilled Asparagus and we often to homemade burgers on them too.  You still get that nice char but nothing falls through and they’re a snap to wipe clean.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin cooking on a grill mat

How to Cook Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

  • Allow the tenderloin to come to room temperature.
  • Season with your favorite seasoning, or homemade Italian Seasoning with salt & pepper.
  • Wrap tenderloin with bacon slices and secure with toothpicks.
  • If cooking in an oven and the bacon has released a lot of grease, use a clean baking pan before broiling as the grease will smoke and splatter.
  • If cooking on a grill, use a grill mat (or a sheet of foil) to avoid bacon drippings from flaring up.
  • Use a meat thermometer and remove from heat once the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
  • Allow the tenderloin to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Pork Tenderloin Sides

There are so many great options for side dishes for pork tenderloin. Some of my favorite pork loin sides are:

A medallion of Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

It is important to rest almost all cuts of meat after grilling for two reasons. First, the juices are redistributed and absorbed back into the meat making it far more tender and juicy. Second, the internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise as it rests.  You can find more information on cooking the perfect pork tenderloin here!

Pork tenderloin is lean and should be cooked to about medium and it’s fine to be a touch pink.  Since it’s a fairly long thin cut of meat, this won’t take long (and I’d highly recommend using a thermometer to ensure it reaches the right temperature). Allow about a 20-minute cook time in a 400 degree oven or on a medium heat grill. In either case, remove once the pork tenderloin form the heat once the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Be sure to allow it to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Trying to follow a low carb diet? This Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin naturally low in carbs (and is keto friendly).  Serve it alongside Grilled Zucchini and Honey Mustard Warm Potato Salad!

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is such an easy meal to prepare and serve!  Seasoned pork tenderloin is wrapped with bacon slices and baked, or grilled, to perfection!

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • southwest seasoning or your favorite meat seasonings
  • 8 slices bacon
  1. Preheat oven or grill to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with foil
  2. Season the pork with southwest seasoning.
  3. Wrap the pork tenderloin in bacon using toothpicks to secure.

Oven

  1. Place pork on foil lined sheet and bake 18-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.
  2. Broil 2-3 minutes to crisp bacon.
  3. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Grill

  1. Place pork on grill mat and cook 20-22 minutes rotating every 5 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.
  2. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

REPIN this Easy Pork Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin sliced on a wooden board

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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Grilled or Baked)

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is such an easy meal to prepare and serve!  Seasoned pork tenderloin is wrapped with bacon slices and baked, or grilled, to perfection!

Pork tenderloin is a tender cut of meat to begin with, but the addition of bacon really adds to the tenderness and flavor! By slicing the meat into medallions to serve, there is a little bit of bacon in every bite! Really, bacon wrapped anything is always a good idea!

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin sliced on a wooden board

Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite proteins just simply roasted in the oven or stuffed pork tenderloin. It’s incredibly juicy and tender and everyone in my family loves it.  While I often simply season and cook pork tenderloin in the oven, this is one of those easy pork tenderloin recipes that is kind of next level and can be pork tenderloin oven baked, or grilled pork tenderloin.

We absolutely love to cook this pork tenderloin recipe on the grill, but we do use a grill mat to keep the bacon from flaring up. If you’ve never cooked on a grill mat before I can’t say how much I recommend them!  I they’re perfect for everything from Grilled Zucchini  to Grilled Asparagus and we often to homemade burgers on them too.  You still get that nice char but nothing falls through and they’re a snap to wipe clean.

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin cooking on a grill mat

How to Cook Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

  • Allow the tenderloin to come to room temperature.
  • Season with your favorite seasoning, or homemade Italian Seasoning with salt & pepper.
  • Wrap tenderloin with bacon slices and secure with toothpicks.
  • If cooking in an oven and the bacon has released a lot of grease, use a clean baking pan before broiling as the grease will smoke and splatter.
  • If cooking on a grill, use a grill mat (or a sheet of foil) to avoid bacon drippings from flaring up.
  • Use a meat thermometer and remove from heat once the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F.
  • Allow the tenderloin to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Pork Tenderloin Sides

There are so many great options for side dishes for pork tenderloin. Some of my favorite pork loin sides are:

A medallion of Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

It is important to rest almost all cuts of meat after grilling for two reasons. First, the juices are redistributed and absorbed back into the meat making it far more tender and juicy. Second, the internal temperature of the meat will continue to rise as it rests.  You can find more information on cooking the perfect pork tenderloin here!

Pork tenderloin is lean and should be cooked to about medium and it’s fine to be a touch pink.  Since it’s a fairly long thin cut of meat, this won’t take long (and I’d highly recommend using a thermometer to ensure it reaches the right temperature). Allow about a 20-minute cook time in a 400 degree oven or on a medium heat grill. In either case, remove once the pork tenderloin form the heat once the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. Be sure to allow it to rest at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Trying to follow a low carb diet? This Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin naturally low in carbs (and is keto friendly).  Serve it alongside Grilled Zucchini and Honey Mustard Warm Potato Salad!

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is such an easy meal to prepare and serve!  Seasoned pork tenderloin is wrapped with bacon slices and baked, or grilled, to perfection!

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • southwest seasoning or your favorite meat seasonings
  • 8 slices bacon
  1. Preheat oven or grill to 400° F. Line a baking sheet with foil
  2. Season the pork with southwest seasoning.
  3. Wrap the pork tenderloin in bacon using toothpicks to secure.

Oven

  1. Place pork on foil lined sheet and bake 18-20 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.
  2. Broil 2-3 minutes to crisp bacon.
  3. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

Grill

  1. Place pork on grill mat and cook 20-22 minutes rotating every 5 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches an internal temperature of 145° F.
  2. Allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing.

REPIN this Easy Pork Recipe

Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin sliced on a wooden board

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