Pork loin was on a SUPER sale this week, and as soon as I brought it home I knew I had to wrap it in bacon and sweeten it up. Since the only thing that makes pork better is MORE pork!
I looked through a bunch of recipes which ranged from really sweet to really savory, and I came up with this hybrid, which was perfect. The sweet crispy bacon, balances the savory bite of sage and black pepper.
Here is what you need:
2 tsp sage
1 tsp each:
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1 pork loin roast (I used a 1 pound roast)
8- 12 slices thick cut bacon (I used turkey bacon)
1 Tbsp olive oil (if using turkey bacon)
This recipe would be FANTASTIC with regular thick cut pork bacon, but this time I used turkey bacon. We eat a lot of bacon in our house. And by a lot, I mean we should be buying pork futures. So when turkey bacon went on sale at Costco, I stocked up. 4 pounds will probably last a week or two.
Okay.. on with the recipe.
First preheat your to 350 F. In a small bowl mix together the sage, garlic, onion, pepper and salt.
Add 2 Tbsp of maple syrup to form a paste.
Baste the roast all over with the paste.
Lastly wrap the roast with the strips of bacon. Make sure the ends overlap slightly and make sure to tuck them securely under the bottom of the roast so they stay secure. If you are using turkey bacon, make sure to drizzle the top with the olive oil, since it doesn't have as much fat as pork bacon.
|Yes, this is ugly looking now, but just wait..|
Bake covered at 350 for about an hour (or until internal temperature is 160F.) Baste with remaining 1 Tbsp of maple syrup and return to oven (uncovered) for about 10 minutes to form a glaze.
This is what it looks like when it comes out. Make sure to let it rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing.
The bacon has rendered and the interior roast is very juicy. The spice rub has penetrated the meat, and you get the flavor all the way though the medallions.
Plus we are talking about PORK wrapped in BACON! How can it be wrong?
It seems that all my 'fan favorite' recipes involve some sort of pork product.. From my Smothered Southern Style Pork Chops (people actually rave about these to me!)
to my Balsamic Bacon Brussels Sprouts (12,000 pins can't be wrong!)
It seems like everyone shares my love of all things pork!
Sharing at some of these fantastic parties.