Try this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin for an easy-to-make dinner to impress!
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On Christmas Eve, Daryl’s family gets together for dinner and gifts. For dinner, it’s turkey and ham with all the traditional sides. On the day after Christmas, we visit my family and have dinner there, which is also ham. That leaves me to figure out something other than ham or turkey to have for our Christmas dinner.
This is the second year in a row I’ve had to stray from my traditional turkey dinner and come up with something extra delicious for the special occasion. Last year I made a beef tenderloin. It was so good and while one large tenderloin gave us two full dinners, our finances are a bit different this year.
I opted to make a more wallet-friendly Brown Sugar and Honey Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin! Let me tell you, it did not disappoint!
I wanted to do something with the pork tenderloin that I hadn’t done before. I knew I wanted to wrap the pork tenderloin in bacon (because everything is better with bacon, right?!). I browsed Pinterest first to see what else other people were adding to that. I saw a few recipes calling for brown sugar, and a few others using honey along with the bacon, but I decided that I was going to use both. I thought it might turn out too sweet, but honestly, I could have added even more!
My pork tenderloin ended up being two really big pieces so my bacon wasn’t fully wrapping at the bottom. I chose not to use toothpicks to pin the bacon and I did not brown it in a pan before putting it in the oven, like many similar recipes do. I laid the tenderloins on a broiler pan and tucked the ends of each slice of bacon underneath.
Once the pork tenderloin was fully cooked, I turned the broiler on for about 5 minutes to crisp up the bacon. This turned out to be easier than attempting to brown the bacon-wrapped tenderloin in a pan before putting it in the oven. If you don’t mind a little soft bacon on the bottom of your pork, this is definitely the way to go!
If your pork is smaller than mine and you want the bottom bacon to be crispy, I would recommend pinning the bacon and browning just the bottom in a pan before putting it in the oven. Then, finish the top and sides in the oven under the broiler like I did.
I always want to hear what you guys think! If you’ve made this Brown Sugar and Honey Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, leave a comment or send me a message anytime! Enjoy!