Monday, 22 December 2014

Raffaele Imperiale - How to Cook Pork Tenderloin

Raffaele Imperiale - How to Cook Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin Recipes

Learn how to cook pork tenderloin!If you’ve visited my hubs or my cooking site, Best American Food, you know that I love cooking! I especially like to experiment with different foods and make up my own recipes. Fortunately, I have plenty of family members and friends who are usually more than willing to try out my creations. After all, what are friends for, right? I cook a wide variety of meats, fish, veggies, fruits, breads, pastries, and desserts, often based on what I find on sale at the time. When pork tenderloin goes on sale at our local stores, I always purchase a couple. In this hub, I’m going to discuss how to cook pork tenderloin, and I’m including pork tenderloin recipes and a great pork tenderloin marinade.

This is a pork loin - not a pork tenderloin. Pork loins are much larger.

Pork Tenderloin

Before we get into how to cook a pork tenderloin and specific pork tenderloin recipes, let’s make sure you understand what a pork tenderloin is. A pork tenderloin is the filet mignon of the pig. The tenderloins are the muscles that run along either side of the backbone. Since these muscles aren’t used for moving, they’re the most tender part of the critter. In grocery stores and butcher shops, the tenderloins are often sold in pairs. They usually weigh between one and two pounds each.
Pork tenderloins are usually fairly expensive when compared to other cuts of pork, but they have little waste, so they’re practically all edible meat. Some might have a small amount of fat or fascia on the outside, but these can be easily removed.

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin can be prepared in a variety of ways. How to cook a pork tenderloin depends on the flavor and texture you want. The loin can be cooked whole, as most cooks prefer, or it can be sliced into medallions before cooking. The medallions cook quickly, so if you’re in a hurry, you might like to try this method. If you want to set the meat and forget it, you might prefer crock pot pork tenderloin.
Pork tenderloin can also be cooked in the oven, on the grill, or on a smoker. If the meat is sliced first, it can be sautéed or fried in a skillet. The pork can be cooked with an herb rub, with a glaze, with fruit or vegetables, or with a sauce. In the South, barbecue sauce is often the sauce of choice. Another way to cook pork tenderloin is to make stuffed pork tenderloin. For this, I use a bread stuffing, cranberries, and walnuts and bake the tenderloin in the oven.

How Long to Cook Pork Tenderloin

How long to cook pork tenderloin depends on the cooking method, of course. Obviously, medallions will cook more quickly than an entire tenderloin will, and cooking in a slow cooker or crock pot is going to take a lot longer than a grill or oven because the heat is much lower. The same holds true for most smokers.
The key to how long to cook pork tenderloin is the internal temperature. Because the meat can cook quickly, it’s easy to overcook. When it overcooks, it dries out and loses flavor. It can also become tough. The best way to judge how long to cook pork tenderloin is to cook it until the internal temperature reaches 155-160 degrees. According to the National Pork Board, pork should be at least 160 degrees in order to be safe. Remember, though, that the meat will continue to cook a little after it’s been removed from the heat source.

Pork Tenderloin Marinade

This is an awesome pork tenderloin marinade, and it can be used for tenderloins that are going to be cooked in the oven, on the grill, or on a smoker. The best pork tenderloin marinade should include an acidic ingredient, like vinegar, wine, or citrus juice, along with oil to help keep the meat moist. Add your own favorite seasonings, too, including herbs and spices.
Pork Tenderloin Marinade
1 cup orange juice
½ cup oil
2 green onions, sliced thin
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon chopped ginger
2 teaspoons black pepper
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large zippered plastic food bag. Add one or two tenderloins to the bag and place in fridge. Let the meat marinate overnight. Every couple of hours or so, turn the bag to rearrange the tenderloins.

orange-mustard glazed pork tenderloin

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin in Oven

Cooking pork tenderloin in the oven is a popular way to cook the meat. Many cooks like to brown the tenderloin in a skillet before roasting in the oven, while others don’t. This step isn’t a must, but it will provide a nice brown exterior.
Orange-Mustard Glazed Pork Tenderloin
1 pork loin
salt and pepper
1 cup orange marmalade
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons prepared mustard
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Directions: Rub tenderloin with salt and pepper. Place loin in a baking pan and cover with foil. Bake at 350 degrees for twenty minutes. While pork is cooking, make the glaze. Combine marmalade, butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic in a microwave safe bowl. Cook until marmalade is soft.
After pork has cooked for twenty minutes, remove it from the oven. Spoon the glaze over the tenderloin. Continue baking, uncovered, for twenty more minutes. Add any remaining glaze to the cooked loin.

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