Do you love pork but shy away from cooking it because no matter what you do it always turns out dry and flavorless? Well, fire up your oven because this Classic Roasted Pork Tenderloin is about to reignite your love of cooking pork. Brining the tenderloin instead of marinating makes this recipe so easy and practically foolproof, ensuring that you end up with piece of meat that is succulent and packed full of flavor! Perfect for a quick weeknight meal or for a special dinner with company…paired with roasted veggies and mashed potatoes you just can’t go wrong!
Classic Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine water and next 6 brine ingredients. Warm in microwave for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally until sugar and salt are dissolved. Add enough ice to brine solution to bring it up to the 2-quart mark. Your brine should be completely cool. Submerge pork tenderloins in brine solution and refrigerate for 1-2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Remove tenderloin from brine, rinse well in cold water, pat dry and season with fresh black pepper. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat and sear the pork on all sides until golden brown. Place browned tenderloin on a sheet pan lined with parchment and pour drippings from pan over the meat.
Place in oven and roast the tenderloin for 20-25 minutes, until the internal temperature reads 150ºF. At this point, your roast will be medium-well, if you prefer your pork well done, cook till internal temperature reaches 155-157ºF. Remove from oven and cover with foil to let the tenderloin rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving. The temperature of the pork will continue to rise while is rests. Slice tenderloin and pour over any pan juices before serving. Enjoy!
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