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RECIPE: 2 EASY WAYS TO MAKE PORK TENDERLOIN

RECIPE: 2 EASY WAYS TO MAKE PORK TENDERLOIN

Pork tenderloin is one of my go-to proteins. We eat it at least once a month because it’s FULL of protein and it’s lean, especially when compared to other cuts of pork. It’s relatively inexpensive, too, especially if you find it on sale. This post features TWO super easy ways to prepare pork tenderloin along with some meals to try it with!


ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2lb. pork tenderloin (most packages come with 2 loins)

  • Sonny Salt or favorite seasoning

  • 10” or 12” cast iron skillet

 

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

  2. Make sure there is a coat of olive oil or coconut oil on the pan. You’re going to be searing the meat, so you only need a thin layer of oil for this step - a.k.a. there shouldn’t be a puddle of oil in your pan.

  3. Place your cast iron skillet on high heat.

  4. While you’re waiting for your skillet to heat up, pat the meat dry using a paper towel and season with your favorite seasoning on all sides. If you don’t have a go-to seasoning, cracked black pepper and salt works great.

  5. Once your skillet is hot, place both loins in the pan and sear on all sides. (see below for tips on searing!)

  6. After you’ve seared the meat on all sides, place it on the middle rack in the oven to roast for 40-45 minutes. Pork has a tendency to get dry, so make sure you stick with nothing higher than 350 degree heat in the oven and check it right at 40 minutes or sooner depending on your oven.

  7. It's done when there's no pink or a very faint pink color on the inside. Cut into slices along the short side of the loin to serve.


BBQ PULLED PORK TENDERLOIN

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • 2lb. pork tenderloin (most packages come with 2 loins)

  • Sonny Salt or favorite seasoning

  • 1 bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

  • 10” or 12” cast iron skillet

  • Crock pot

 

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Place your cast iron skillet on high heat.

  2. Make sure there is a coat of olive oil or coconut oil on the pan. You’re going to be searing the meat, so you only need a thin layer of oil for this step - a.k.a. there shouldn’t be a puddle of oil in your pan.

  3. While you’re waiting for your skillet to heat up, pat the meat dry using a paper towel and season with your favorite seasoning on all sides. If you don’t have a go-to seasoning, cracked black pepper and salt works great.

  4. Once your skillet is hot, place both loins in the pan and sear on all sides. (see below for tips on searing!)

  5. After you’ve seared the meat on all sides, place it in the crock pot.

  6. Pour 1 cup of BBQ sauce over the meat and make sure the meat is coated on all sides. Depending on the size of the loins and the size of your crock pot, you may decide to use more BBQ sauce.

  7. Turn the crock pot on low and slow cook for 4-6 hours. You should be able to pull the meat apart with two forks when it’s done.

  8. You may choose to toss the meat in more BBQ sauce before serving depending on how saucy you like it.


SEARING | If you’re new to searing have no fear! It’s really easy. All you’re going to do is let the meat touch the pan for a minute or two on all sides. You’re just getting an even outer layer on the meat before placing it in the oven to roast. Searing aids in adding flavor to the meat and is not meant to cook the meat.


MEAL IDEAS

  • Serve roasted pork tenderloin or pulled pork with a side of roasted veggies and quinoa or rice

  • Pulled pork:

    • add it to a salad or make a sandwich

    • Stuff a half of a baked sweet potato with pork and serve with a side of slaw

    • Add pork to a hash with sweet potatoes and roasted red peppers and onions; serve with a side of your favorite roasted greens or brussels sprouts.


NOTES

Both of these recipes are Paleo and the Roasted Pork Tenderloin is Whole30 approved. Store meat in an airtight glass container in the fridge for up to a week. Pork doesn’t reheat extremely well since it tends to get dry, but I’ve found reheating it in a skillet works best.

 

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