Summer is in full swing, and so is the grilling season. With the world being trailing, it is always nice to spend an afternoon around the fire cooking some delicious food with family. I have a ton of amazing recipes for people who want to do this, but nothing really beats the flavor, savoriness and sweetness of this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with a Maple Glaze. I have teamed up with the National Pork Board to showcase this ideal backyard recipe. Why is it ideal? Find out below.
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Let’s Talk About this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Pork is a crowd pleaser. Whether you are smoking ribs, pork butt or pork loin, it always is tender & delicious. I know I love my ribs and tacos, but this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin can compete with the best of them. Why is that? Because it’s wrapped in bacon!
Anything that has bacon is immediately 100x more delicious. But when you wrap a whole piece of meat in bacon, then it just becomes indescribably good. This recipe gives you the best of both worlds too because you will get a caramelized crunchy bacon outside with a soft and tender pork tenderloin in the middle.
The Bacon Weave
How could I talk about this recipe without mentioning the bacon weave. A bacon weave is a netting of bacon that will wrap the outside of the pork tenderloin. To make this weave, you are going to start with 7-8 strips of bacon laid out parallel to each other. Next, you will lay one strip of bacon down at a time weaving it perpendicular to the other strips with every other strip going over the top of the bacon and every other strip going underneath. Honestly, it is a really fun way to add bacon into your dish. It also covers the pork tenderloin super well!
Why you should smoke this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin!
Smoked pork is the best pork. By smoking this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin, you will get a rich outer layer of smoky goodness that compliments the crispy bacon. I cooked this pork loin at about 250F for about 2 hours until it was 145F. This is my ideal temperature for cooked pork, because it is both safe and tender all at the same time.
Another little tip, use some wood chunks or wood chips in order to enhance that smoky flavor. I like to use cherry or hickory wood chunks/chips on this recipe. Cherry has a super sweet and mellow flavor for those that do not want overpoweringly smokiness. The hickory is smoky, but in a good way. It is still subtly sweet with a nice smoky finish.
Time to Eat this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Getting outside and making memories around the fire is all that Over The Fire Cooking is about! With this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Maple Glaze, you set yourself up for just that. So make sure to grab some National Pork Board meat, and smoke this pork tenderloin. You will thank me!
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