When pork goes on sale, grab it! This roasted pork loin recipe is simple to make but will elevate your dinner from boring to incredible.
Roasted Pork Tenderloin
Pork is one of those meats that we eat a lot of around here. It’s so versatile! Since we eat it so often, it is important to my family that I change up the flavor and texture of the meat.
There are only so many nights that they want pan-fried pork chops!
The wet rub keeps the pork loin extra juicy during the roasting process. It’s made with a tantalizing combination of sugar, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and dried rosemary.
And the sauce? Oh it’s heaven! Make a little extra so you can drizzle it on some roasted potatoes!
This is what you will need from the store before you get started.
- 2 Pork Tenderloins
- Red Wine Vinegar
- Olive Oil
- Dried Rosemary
- Chopped Onion
Which is best – Tenderloin or Pork Loin?
This all depends on how many people you have to feed, or how your budget looks. Pork loin can sometimes be a lower price and is always more meat, so it’s a better value.
Pork tenderloins are leaner meat and are often sold in 1.5-2 lb chunks.
Here is a video that describes the difference perfectly.
How to Make Sweet Rosemary Roasted Pork Loin
It always helps me to see pictures of the process, so I can make sure I’m doing things right. So I hope these photos help you too. The recipe is at the bottom.
1.) Preheat the Oven
Always preheat your oven first. Set your oven’s temp to 350 degrees F.
2.) Trim the Pork Loin
You can use either a pork loin or a tenderloin. In these pictures, I used a tenderloin. Trim off the excess fat and membranes. Then sprinkle it with salt. I love using sea salt, but even table salt will work.
3.) Mix the Wet Rub Ingredients
Mix together the sugar, red wine vinegar, olive oil, and dried rosemary. You don’t need a very large bowl for this part.
4.) Rub the Pork Tenderloin
Now take that mixture and rub it all over your pork. You’ll have to get your hands dirty for this step!
5.) Cook the Tenderloins to 145 degrees F
Next, put the meat on a rimmed baking sheet. I prefer to use foil on a cookie sheet – easier cleanup! Bake the pork until the internal temp reads 145 degrees F. It took me about 20 minutes, it might take you up to 25-30 minutes.
6.) Make the Sauce
While the tenderloins are in the oven, make the sauce. You’ll need a blender for this part. You can chop and mix it by hand too, but a blender just speeds it up!
Mix together the onion, cilantro, olive oil, rosemary, sugar, and red wine vinegar. Don’t make it a paste, make it look more like a pesto.
This is what you want it to look like.
7.) Cook the Sauce on the Stove
Barely simmer on the stove on low. You want to cook it just long enough for the onions to become soft and the sauce to thicken slightly.
8.) Let Cooked Pork Sit
When the pork reaches 145 degrees, pull it out and let it sit, covered, for another 10 minutes. This will complete the cooking. Cooked pork should have a blush of pink in the middle.
9.) Slice and Serve with Sauce
It’s ready to serve! Plate and serve it with your favorite side dish. This is a dinner recipe you and your family will adore!
Sweet Rosemary Roasted Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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- 2 pork tenderloins, aprox. 1 lb. each (usually comes 2 per package)
- Wet Rub
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 1 tsp. red wine vinegar
- 1 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 tsp. dried rosemary, crumbled
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 2 1/2 cups of cilantro (some stems okay – just cut off the long ends without leaves)
- 3 Tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp ground rosemary (I used a mini mortar & pestle, but you also could just rub it well between your hands or chop finely with a knife)
- 4 tsp sugar
- 4 tsp red wine vinegar
- Preheat oven to 350 °F.
- Trim the membrane and excess fat from each tenderloin. Sprinkle lightly with salt.
- Mix the wet rub ingredients, and then rub the mixture onto each tenderloin to coat.
- Cook the tenderloins on a rimmed baking sheet until the internal temperature reaches 145 °F, about 20-25 minutes.
- Meanwhile, mix the sauce ingredients in a mini food processor until it’s a uniform but not completely pureed consistency. (see photos)
- Cook the sauce in a small pan over low heat until the onion is soft, about 5-10 minutes. Stir occasionally. It should be barely simmering.
- When the pork is up to temperature, remove it from the oven and let it stand covered with foil for 10 minutes.
- Slice the pork at a 45° angle and serve with the sauce.
Serving Size:8 ounces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 239Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 241mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 21g
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