Grilled and bacon wrapped, this Grilled Maple Bacon Pork Tenderloin looks as good as it tastes. The glaze is simple and comes together before your coals can get hot, and it also doubles as a sauce for the pork. The bacon weave is the icing on the cake here, completely over the top and unnecessary but for the sheer beauty of it all. This might be the prettiest thing to come off your grill all summer, and nobody has to know how easy it is but you.
As the dull gray of winter fades and spring begins to bloom, the hearts of Men awaken and compel them to fire up their grills. After laying dormant for many months, it only takes a couple of breezy, sunny days to bring these deep seated desires back to life, and the unmistakable smell of smoke begins to fill the evening air. Men can be seen in hardware stores, loading up carts with bulky bags of charcoal and shiny silvery sets of grill tools. Occasionally there will be a Man sighting at the local grocery store. (Pro Tip: Although it almost always occurs in the meat section, the beer aisle is also a great place to Man watch.) Serious Men, Manly Men, might even grow their beards and mustaches longer to hide the curling edges of their Manly mouths into something that somebody might mistake as a smile.
There is much to be done in the spring, and it is all outdoors. After all, a well Manicured lawn is the hallmark of a well Mannered Man. Saturdays are for mowing and mulching, plowing and planting, seeding and sprinkling with water to make things grow. Weed Eater line needs to be replaced. Trimmings need to be blown off the sidewalk. Power tools require maintenance. Blades must be sharpened. Men are busy. Men are working hard. Men are sweaty and smelly and still they will cook you dinner. Maybe not all of dinner. Men will leave the sides up to their wives, but Men will definitely grill the meat. (Men would hate to spoil their wives.)
So here is a Manly recipe. This Grilled Maple Bacon Pork Tenderloin consists of pork, wrapped in pork. And it doesn’t take much time. But Men will act like it does. Men will pretend that they have slaved over this porcine platter with great care and curious attention to detail. They will drop hints about secret techniques that can never be divulged. Men will boast about the fussing and fidgeting with the coals, keeping the fire at a constant temperature to ensure even cooking, when in reality, Men will have been outside drinking beer the whole time. And Men will bask in the glory of praise and admiration when they place this Grilled Maple Bacon Pork Tenderloin on the table. Some Men might even smile a little, underneath their beards.
Grilled Maple Bacon Pork Tenderloin
Pork tenderloin, wrapped in bacon, basted in Mom's Maple Glaze ( click the link to get the recipe), and grilled to perfection.
- `1 2lb pork tenderloin
- 1 recipe Mom's Maple Glaze recipe below
- 12 oz bacon
Prepare your grill for indirect grilling. On a gas grill, light the outer burners and leave the middle burner off. On a charcoal grill, place lighted coals on either side of the grill, with no coals in the middle.
While the coals are getting hot, prepare Mom's Maple Glaze.
Prepare a bacon weave by laying out 6 slices of bacon side by side, and weaving in an additional 6 slices of bacon perpendicular to the first six.
Brush Mom's Maple Glaze to the pork tenderloin liberally , then wrap the bacon weave around the pork tenderloin and apply the glaze to the bacon as well.
Place on the center of the grill and grill indirectly for 20 to 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. Let rest, tented with foil for 5 minutes. Slice and serve.
Mom's Maple Glaze
My mother's tried and true maple glaze graced many a table in my youth. It's still one of my favorite things to put on a pork tenderloin. You'll use about half of this for one dinner (or two pork tenderloins). The rest will keep in the fridge for a couple weeks.
- 1 cup Maple Syrup the real thing
- 3 Tablespoons orange juice conc. frozen
- 3 Tablespoons Ketchup
- 2 Tablespoons Soy Sauce
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire
- 1 teaspoon Curry powder
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2 green onions I use white or yellow onions, minced
- 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds opt., toasted
- Combine in saucepan, bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. It will thicken slightly.
- It can be stored in the frig in a jar for a few days. I use it on all kinds of pork and serve some on the side. It can also be used on chicken.
- There you go, it's easy to make and tastes good.
- Love you
- To make the pork tenderloin, brush a tenderloin with glaze. Place under broiler. Cook for 12-15 minutes, turning and basting a couple of times. Let rest for a few minutes before slicing.