Whenever I have guests over and the BBQ will be fired up, I always like best to prepare a big piece of meat, which I then slice at the table. But sometimes you just don't have that much time to go low and slow or you want to put something on the table fairly quickly. With this recipe for pork tenderloin in bacon you are in good hands. Few preparations and in between time to prepare some side dishes. And that Bacon Weave is also a winner!
- 800 grams Pork Tenderloin
- 14 slices bacon (strips)
- 4 tablespoons BBQ Rub for Pork (choose your own favorite)
- 3 tablespoons BBQ Sauce (choose your own favorite)
- BBQ with Lid
- Core Thermometer
- Fire up the BBQ, going for indirect heat and a temperature of about 180 degrees Celsius (356 Fahrenheit).
- Then take the pork tenderloin out of the refrigerator and place it on your work surface. For 800 grams, you will probably have several pork tenderloins, which are thicker at one end than the other. Rub the pork tenderloins with your favorite BBQ rub for pork.
- Meanwhile, it's time to make the Bacon Weave. To do this, take the slices of bacon and place as many slices side by side as your pork tenderloins are long on your work surface. With the remaining slices of bacon we are now going to braid the bacon weave. To do this, fold back a slice of bacon alternately and lay a slice of bacon across the width. Not quite clear? Then check out the video below for a clear explanation:
- Finished braiding? Then lay your pork tenderloins on the bacon so that they are collectively the same thickness along their entire length. You will probably have to flip one pork tenderloin over to do this. Now roll the bacon weave tightly around the pork tenderloins to form a compact bacon-wrapped roll. Do you feel like the bacon is coming off? Then you can secure it with some cocktail sticks, but it's probably not necessary.
- When the BBQ is up to temperature, you may place the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin on the grill. Eventually you can also first add some smoking wood to your hot charcoal. Cherry wood is a great choice. Now close the BBQ with the lid and cook the bacon wrapped tenderloin gently until it reaches a core temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit). This took about half an hour for me, so make sure to keep an eye on the core temperature.
- At a core temperature of 50 degrees Celsius (122 Fahrenheit), the bacon can be basted with BBQ sauce. Choose your favorite BBQ sauce for this, or make one yourself. After basting, close the BBQ again with the lid and cook the pork tenderloin through to a core temperature of 60 degrees Celsius (140 Fahrenheit). Then remove the meat from the BBQ and let it rest under aluminum foil for 10 minutes. The core temperature will then rise a few more degrees, resulting in a nice pink cooked pork tenderloin.
- Cut the pork tenderloin into slices about 1.5 cm thick and serve with some side dishes. Enjoy your meal!