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Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin is a super easy dinner recipe that only requires a few ingredients. The bacon adds both flavor and fat, which keeps the lean pork moist and juicy. It’s the perfect, mouth-watering combination of savory and smokey.
Grab some bacon, a couple of pork tenderloins, and some seasoning, and let’s make this delicious Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin! For a classic meal, serve with some Roasted Baby Potatoes and Garlic Green Beans on the side.
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Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
- Pork Tenderloin – This cut of pork is extra lean, but so delicious if you treat it right. Keep in mind this is a tenderloin, not a pork loin, which is a different cut. Because it’s so lean, adding the bacon wrapped around the pork helps to keep the meat extra juicy as it cooks.
- Bacon – Savory, smoky, and addictively, bacon isn’t just for breakfast. It adds a ton of flavor to your favorite meats, too.
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil – You’ll brush this on the pork to help keep it moist.
- Seasoning – Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, and pepper.
How To Make Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
See recipe card below for ingredient quantities and full instructions.
- Prep. Preheat the oven to 375℉ and line a baking sheet with foil.
- Trim the tenderloin. Pork tenderloin has a thin, silvery skin on one side, that becomes firm when cooked. I prefer to trim this off before preparing.
- Season. Sprinkle the pork all over with Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.
- Sear pork and par-cook bacon. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and sear the pork on all sides. Place the bacon in the microwave on a paper towel lined plate and cook for 30-45 seconds.
- Wrap bacon around pork. Carefully wrap the bacon around the pork tenderloin, overlapping the slices to make sure the whole tenderloin is covered.
- Bake, then broil. Bake pork tenderloin at 375℉ for 35-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145℉. Switch to the broiler and broil for a few minutes, to crisp up the bacon.
- Rest. Take the pan out of the oven, tent with foil (optional), and let the bacon wrapped pork sit for 5-10 minutes to rest.
The FDA recommends that pork should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 145°F. You can take it out of the oven once it reaches 140°F and it will continue to cook as it sits. It’s ok if it’s still a little pink in the center. You don’t want it to go above 155° because the pork can overcook and become tough.
No, it doesn’t need to be covered or wrapped. It will steam instead of roast if covered.
Yes! A few years ago, the FDA lowered its recommended temperature for pork from 160° to 145° with at least a 3-minute rest. The result is a slightly pink center and meat that’s incredibly flavorful and juicy.
This recipe is super juicy, flavorful, and feels a little decadent. It’s a perfect pairing for something creamy and equally decadent like Cream Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, or Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese. Add a green salad or a hot veggie like Sauteed Asparagus or Air Fryer Broccoli.
- Pork Loin – This recipe works great with pork tenderloin, but a larger pork loin will work too. Just be sure to cook to the proper temperature – it will require a little more time.
- Seasoning – For flavor, feel free to add whatever seasonings you like. My All Purpose Seasoning is a great option.
- Sauce – Brush a little Homemade BBQ Sauce or teriyaki sauce over the top, for either a sweet or smoky flavor.
Storing and Reheating Leftovers
Storage: Place leftovers in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. For best results, reheat in the oven or air fryer at 350°F.
Can this recipe be frozen? Technically, yes, but I don’t recommend it. If you’d like to make ahead of time, I recommend making a day ahead and storing in the fridge, then reheating in the oven.
- Cook the bacon in the microwave for about 30 seconds or place it in a hot skillet for under a minute. This will get the cooking process going.
- Wrap the bacon around the roast while it’s hot. This keeps the bacon and the roast warm and doesn’t disrupt the cooking time.
- I like to finish the cooking process under the broiler to get that golden brown crisp. This is a personal choice; your personal preference will decide the doneness of the bacon.
- If you want bacon that is crisp on all sides you can turn it under the broiler. It just depends on your personal preference.
- The cook time can vary greatly depending on the size and thickness of the meat, and how cooked it got during when you seared it. I highly recommend having a meat thermometer on hand to check the internal temperature.
More Pork Recipes
- Pork Stir Fry Rice Bowl
- Kalua Pork (Slow Cooker, Instant Pot, or Oven)
- Authentic Tacos Al Pastor
- Crispy Air Fryer Bacon
- Instant Pot Pulled Pork
- Air Fryer Pork Chops (No Breading)
Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
- 2 pounds pork tenderloin
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil divided
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- 12-16 slices thin bacon
- Prepare the oven by preheating to 375 degrees and prepare a baking sheet by lining with foil.
- Trim the silver skin off the pork tenderloin if needed. Brush the tenderloins with 1 tablespoon of the oil and season with salt, Italian seasoning and pepper.
- In a large skillet, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil over medium high heat and sear the pork tenderloin until golden on each side.
- Heat the bacon in the microwave or skillet for about 30 seconds.
- Wrap the bacon around the pork, layering slightly to keep everything in place.
- Place the bacon wrapped tenderloin on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 30-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
- Change the oven to the broil setting and broil at 400 degrees until bacon reaches desired level of doneness. (About 3-10 minutes – keep a close eye)
- Remove from the oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.