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Spice-rubbed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon is surprisingly quick and easy! Elegant enough for company... yet perfect for a weeknight family dinner!

Spice rubbed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon

Why not serve this pork tenderloin dish with hot mashed potatoes, French string beans and a homemade warm applesauce?! The combination of flavors and textures will keep people coming back for seconds and thirds.

Spice-rubbed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon recipe

Serves 4

Spice rubbed pork tenderloin wrapped in baconIngredients:

  • 1-1/4 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons dark chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (optional)
  • 1/2 pound high-quality bacon (will need more depending on width of bacon slices)
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. In a large zip-closed bag, add brown sugar, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin and thyme. Lock bag and shake all around to mix spices.
  2. Lightly salt and pepper your pork tenderloin. (It's important to not oversalt as the bacon will add salt to the overall dish.)
  3. Add pork tenderloin to the bag with the spices and shake around again to coat the pork completely.
  4. Lay bacon slices flat and vertically on a clean, dry surface slightly overlapping. (You should have a large bacon rectangle.)
  5. Remove your pork tenderloin from the bag, lay it horizontally across the middle of the bacon and wrap the bacon up around the tenderloin, securing by pressing down.
  6. Place the bacon-wrapped tenderloin seam side down and cook for 15 minutes. Turn the temperature down to 375 degrees F and cook an additional 5-8 minutes or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145 degrees F after resting.

Quick tip

Internal temperatures of cooked meat will continue to rise for a few minutes after removing from the oven. Use an internal probe meat thermometer and set it to go off at 135 degrees F, then remove from the oven and let meat rest about 5-6 minutes.

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Comments on "Spice-rubbed pork tenderloin wrapped in bacon"

Mamma Gray December 19, 2013 | 2:14 PM

Bah Ha haha ha! John, you're hilarious!!! GREAT recipe! Whole fam loved it.

Pi September 08, 2013 | 6:56 AM

John, you used two different meats, different spices, cooked it differently, and then complained that the recipe wasn't good. You were cooking a completely different recipe!

John August 22, 2013 | 3:18 AM

I used chicken breast instead of pork and ham instead of bacon. For the spices instead of what is listed above I used honey, tumin, parsley, paprika, cinamon and a splash of soy with salt & white pepper. I belted it in the microwave for 15 minutes as my oven is broken. All in all I was really disapointed with this recipe - it's a shame the editors don't test them out first to see if they are any good - I certainly would have appreciated that!

Mom Brooks February 10, 2013 | 8:25 AM

Everyone loved this one!

Shannon January 10, 2013 | 1:38 PM

I made my first pork tenderloin last week and was surprised with the results! It was delicious. This recipe looks great - I'll make this next time. Thanks.

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