You know what pork tenderloin needs? More pork. :)
Don’t let this Paleo recipe fool you. Contrary to popular belief, the Paleo diet consists of a lot more than just big hunks of meat wrapped in bacon, but that doesn’t mean we can’t occasionally enjoy big hunks of meat wrapped in bacon!
Paleo is not a Meat Based Diet
The Paleo diet tends to get a bad rap because it’s not afraid to include meat with every meal, not even the fatty meats like bacon.
Despite the fact that most of us have been told all our lives that saturated fat will kill you, it turns out there’s no scientific evidence to back it up (Source).
So go ahead and cook up this delicious pig on pig and enjoy every bite! It won’t take you long and the oven will do all the heavy lifting.
Pork: The Meat That Keeps On Giving
AND this bacon wrapped pork tenderloin just keeps on giving! The extra love comes in the form of bacon fat, for you to use later. Don’t let those drippings get away. Pour them into a glass container, cover and transfer to the fridge to bake your veggies in.
Don’t Forget The Veggies
Choose Pasture-Raised Pork
And when you choose your piggy from the store, go for the good stuff! To be more specific, go for pasture-raised pork straight from a farmer, if you can.
We stock our bacon in batches, and by batches I mean as soon as I get the email from U.S. Wellness Meats that their bacon is restocked we load up with 6-8 packs of the good stuff. I store it in our freezer…so we’re prepared just in case there’s a bacon shortage. ;)
And when my supply is running low and we need some porky pork pork, I’ll make a run to Standard Market because I know they’ve got my back with local pasture-raised Berkshire. :)
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
- 1 (1 1/2-2lb) pork tenderloin
- 8-10 pieces bacon
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Wrap slices of bacon around pork tenderloin, keeping pieces together when necessary with a toothpick.
- Lay bacon wrapped pork tenderloin on a rimmed baking sheet and transfer to the oven.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until bacon is crispy and tenderloin registers on a meat thermometer at 160°F, telling you the interior is cooked.
- Remove from oven and let rest 3-5 minutes before slicing.
- Serve as is or with your choice of side such as Coleslaw, a garden salad or a baked sweet potato.
- Enjoy! :)