Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin recipe – the best things we ate last week. Only 4 simple ingredients – juicy pork tenderloin, smoky bacon, brown sugar, and chili powder. This only takes about 5 minutes to make and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Sweet and spicy in every bite! Brush the pork with some BBQ sauce for extra flavor. Easy enough for a weeknight but fancy enough for a dinner party! Gluten-free dish.

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These Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin was one of the best things we ate last week. There are only 4 simple ingredients in this recipe – pork tenderloin, bacon, brown sugar, and chili powder. You probably already have everything in the house! This honestly only takes about 5 minutes to make and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Perfect for a hectic weeknight!

sliced bacon wrapped pork tenderloin on a platter

How to Make Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

This pork tenderloin is effortless to make with only a few simple ingredients. In a small bowl, combine chili powder and brown sugar. Wrap the tenderloin in uncooked bacon strips. Sprinkle the dry rub over the bacon. Place the pork on a sheet pan topped with a wire rack. Bake the pork in a preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.

Use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 145ºFin the center of the pork. Once the pork is at a safe temperature, place the pan it under the oven broiler for a few minutes to crisp up the bacon slices. Let the meat rest at room temperature for 5 minutes before slicing. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • Please note that a pork loin and pork tenderloin are NOT the same cut of meat. Tenderloins are thin and small. Pork loins are wide enough to cut pork chops from it.
    • Pork tenderloin is a very tender cut of meat, It is my favorite cut of pork.
  • For best results, remove the silver skin on the side of each pork tenderloin.
    • The silver skin is a silver membrane on the pork tenderloins. It is a thick connective tissue and it doesn’t break down when the pork is cooked.
    • The best way to remove the silver skis is to use a sharp knife and carefully cut it off. If you don’t remove the silver skin, you will have a tough uneatable area on each tenderloin.
  • This does have a tiny little kick from the chili powder, so adjust the amount depending on your preference.
    • Feel free to adjust the seasonings in the dry rub. Black pepper, salt, and garlic powder are all great.
  • I use regular strips of thin bacon. You can use thick cut bacon if you prefer. You may need to broil the bacon longer to ensure crispy bacon.
  • Is Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in the recipe are gluten-free.
  • Can Pork be pink? Yes! It is perfectly SAFE to eat pink pork. Pork needs to have a minimum internal temperature of 145ºF.
    • We like to cook it on the higher end of medium-rare and let the meat rest for about 5 minutes covered in aluminum foil before slicing. It only takes about 15 minutes to reach 145ºF, depending on how big your pork tenderloins are.
  • For extra flavor, brush the tenderloin with BBQ sauce before broiling.
  • Store leftovers in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
sliced bacon wrapped pork tenderloin on a plate with pasta and green beans

What to Serve with Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

We absolutely LOVED this pork tenderloin. It is such an easy meal and tastes delicious!! We usually serve this with some green beans and potatoes. It is equally delicious with some pasta and asparagus or a salad. Give this easy recipe a try the next time you need a meal the whole family will enjoy!

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2 bacon wrapped pork tenderloins on a platter

Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Yield: 3 people
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin – one of the best things we ate last week. Only 4 simple ingredients – pork tenderloin, bacon, brown sugar and chili powder. This only takes about 5 minutes to make and is ready to eat in under 30 minutes. Sweet and spicy in every bite!

Ingredients:

  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 (1.5-lb) pork tenderloin, silverskin removed
  • 5 to 6 slices bacon, uncooked

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil and top with cooking rack.
  • In a shallow dish, combine brown sugar and chili powder.
  • Wrap bacon around pork tenderloin, securing with toothpicks if necessary.
  • Coat bacon wrapped pork tenderloin with the brown sugar and chili powder mixture. Place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 25 minutes. Place under broiler for 2 to 3 minutes to crips up bacon, if desired.

Notes:

  • When cooking pork tenderloin, it is important to remove the silver skin on the side of each pork tenderloin. The silver skin is a silvery-white sheen membrane on the pork tenderloins. It is a thick connective tissue and it doesn’t break down when the pork is cooked. I use a knife and carefully cut it off. If you don’t remove the silver skin, you will have a tough uneatable area on each tenderloin.
  • Is Sweet & Spicy Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin gluten-free? Yes! All of the ingredients in the recipe are gluten-free.
  • Can Pork be pink? Yes! It is perfectly SAFE to eat pink pork. Pork needs to have a minimum internal temperature of 145ºF. We like to cook it on the higher end of medium-rare and let it rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. It only takes about 15 minutes to reach 145ºF, depending on how big your pork tenderloins are.
  • For extra flavor, brush the tenderloin with BBQ sauce before broiling.

Steph

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  1. Stephanie I made this recipe last night for supper. And it turned out perfectly. I cooked it for just the 25 minutes as you state in the recipe & the pork was done to perfection. I did not broil them because the bacon was already crisp. The flavor of the seasoning was excellent. And what I like about it there is NO salt in it. I think next time I may try seasoning the tenderloins with the spice mixture before I wrap the bacon around them & then season them again once the bacon is wrapped around them. I loved the taste of the seasoning that much. Thank you so very much for sharing this recipe. This is definitely a keeper to make again & again.

  2. Made this tonight! I think my pork tenderloin must've been a little thicker; it was a little underdone at one end. Nothing a couple of minutes in the microwave couldn't fix, though. I had it with cauliflower risotto (Alexia brand frozen, not something from scratch).

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