Pork tenderloin is on regular rotation at my house, for its flavor and its ease. Our current favorite is definitely wrapping that pork tenderloin in bacon because, as my neighbor says, pork on pork can never be a bad thing.
Bacon-Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin
1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/2 pounds)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (regular can be substituted)
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
4 to 6 slices good-quality bacon
1 tablespoon canola oil (or other neutral high-heat oil)
1/4 cup Major Grey’s Chutney (see note)
2 tablespoons whole-grain or Dijon mustard
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Remove the silverskin (the silvery-white connective tissue running along the top) from the pork tenderloin with a sharp knife. Pat the tenderloin dry with paper towels and set aside.
Combine the brown sugar, salt, paprika and cayenne in a small bowl. Rub all of the mixture into the pork tenderloin. Wrap the tenderloin with the strips of bacon, securing along the sides with toothpicks.
Heat the canola oil in a large cast-iron skillet or other oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat until sizzling. Add the bacon-wrapped tenderloin and sear – do not disturb it while it’s searing – until deep caramel brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Flip the tenderloin and continue searing until the other side is browned.
Mix the chutney and mustard in a small bowl and brush generously over the top of the tenderloin. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook the tenderloin until a probe thermometer reads 140 degrees, approximately 10 to 14 minutes.
Remove from the oven and loosely tent with foil. Rest for 10 to 15 minutes to allow the tenderloin to finish cooking and for the juices to redistribute into the meat. Remove toothpicks and slice into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces for serving. Serve with leftover chutney on the side.
Note: Find Major Grey’s Chutney at most grocery stores. You can also substitute another favorite chutney or jam.
Yield: 4 servings.