A Seven (7) Ingredient Grilled Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
June 10, 2016
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"Super easy, super delicious; and, super quick to prepare. It is also full of flavor; and, great to entertain with. Personally, I love to serve this with grilled corn or asparagus, white or sweet potato salad; and good old' coleslaw. It is the perfect summer time dinner to have out on the grill. Even though it looks elegant; it is really not difficult to prepare. One note ... if you do have some extra time; after you wrap the tenderloin, wrap it plastic and refrigerate for 30 minutes up to a few hours. I have just found, the bacon tends to stick better to the pork. This is not necessary; but, you have the time, why not?"
- FOR CHIPOTLE GLAZE
- Serving Size: 1 (345.5 g)
- Calories 650.2
- Total Fat - 35.7 g
- Saturated Fat - 13.6 g
- Cholesterol - 148 mg
- Sodium - 3514.3 mg
- Total Carbohydrate - 32.7 g
- Dietary Fiber - 0.6 g
- Sugars - 24.4 g
- Protein - 51.1 g
- Calcium - 74.4 mg
- Iron - 2.2 mg
- Vitamin C - 17.2 mg
- Thiamin - 0.2 mg
Chipotles ... TIP: When, you get a can of chipotles in adobo. Open, add puree the entire can in your mini food processor. Now - add the puree to a piece of saran wrap, roll up, put in a ziploc bag; and, freeze. When, you need some - just unroll and cut a slice off. It won't go bad; and, you won't waste any either. Perfect way to keep it on hand.
Glaze ... Add the chipotles, honey, lime and orange juice; and a pinch of salt; and, mix until combined.
Pork ... Take the pork out of the refrigerator to take the chill off. Mix the Mexican seasoning and salt together in a small bowl. Then, pat the pork tenderloins dry using a paper towel; and, season the pork on all sides.
Bacon ... Note: This is NOT the time to use a thick slab bacon. I use a basic sliced bacon; but, a good quality - use your favorite brand. Start wrapping the bacon around the tenderloin, from 1 end to the other. Keep overlapping slightly, until the entire tenderloin is wrapped. It should take 5-7 pieces per tenderloin; it really depends on the size.
NOTE: If you have the time. I like to wrap in saran wrap, and refrigerate before grilling. The bacon just seems to stick to the pork better. It isn't necessary; but, if you have the time - it is worth it.
Grill ... I prefer an outside grill for this. You could always use a grill pan or cast iron grill; then, finish up in the oven - if that is the only option. I like to set up the grill, with medium high heat on one side; and, one side on medium low heat. This way, you can start the pork on the hot side; but, finish on the cooler side. This way, the bacon will cook through; but, not burn.
Grill the pork about 10 minutes on the hot side, rotating it often, so the bacon doesn't burn. The fat in the bacon can cause flare ups; so, keep the lid open - and, an eye on them. It is also smart to keep a squirt bottle close by, just in case. Once the bacon has rendered down and started to brown; transfer to the indirect heat side. At this point, begin to glaze the tenderloin turning often.
It is best to use a thermometer for this. You want the internal temperature right about 135-140 degrees; as, it will continue to cook as it rests. It should take another 12-15 minutes on the indirect heat side. Again; this can really depend on the thickness of the pork. Once the pork is done; transfer to a cutting board, and cover with foil to rest at least 10 minutes before serving.
Orange ... As the pork rests, grill your orange halves. Grilling them adds a nice sweetness. You will squeeze the orange halves over the tenderloins after they are sliced.
Serve and ENJOY! ... Serve and slice right on the cutting board; drizzle any extra glaze over the slices, if you have any left. And, serve with your favorite summertime grilled favorites. As I mentioned; I love corn, asparagus, potato salad and slaw.
Tips & Variations
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