Last year, my sister had clued me in to the wonders of bacon jam. I didn’t get a chance to try it, but fortunately, our friends Michelle and Tuffer brought us some from Seattle last month. Yes, these are people willing to schlep over meat products across the ocean. And for that, I am immensely grateful.
For those of you lucky enough to live in Seattle, bacon jam is available at Skillet Street Food. And luckily for everyone else in the U.S., it is also available for mail order on their website. (Stocking stuffer, perhaps?)
It’s great in the obvious applications: on burgers and sandwiches, and it makes a wicked grilled cheese. But inspiration really hit when I was planning on roasting a couple of pork tenderloin one night… why not stuff it with bacon jam?
So I took it from there. If I stuff it with bacon jam, why not… wrap it in bacon? And thus, we have a Trifecta of Pork.
Bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin stuffed with bacon jam
I make a garlic and balsamic vinegar pan sauce to go with the pork tenderloin. If you prefer something milder, a classic pan sauce with wine and butter would also work great.
2 one-pound pork tenderloins (about 500g each)
½ cup bacon jam
4 strips of your favorite bacon (my favorite is Nueske’s. Wisconsin represent!)
For pan sauce:
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
½ cup stock or water or pan drippings
3 tablespoons butter
Salt to taste
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 C).
- Slice the tenderloins through to the middle. Spoon the bacon jam into the middle of it. Wrap the slices of bacon around the tenderloins and tie with a bit of cooking twine if necessary. (This will keep the bacon from unraveling when you cook it.) Sprinkle the outside of the pork with a bit of salt and pepper.
- Heat a heavy pan or Dutch oven over high heat. Add a small glug of vegetable oil. Brown the pork loin on all sides. (Don’t clean out the pan afterwards)
- Transfer the tenderloins to a roasting dish. Roast until the internal temp is 135 degrees F. (I like it a bit pink inside, let the temp get to 140 if you like it well done. This usually takes me 15 to 20 minutes.)
- Take the pork loin out and allow it to rest for 10 minutes
- The pan sauce: Take the drippings from the pan and add enough water or stock to it to make a half cup. While the pork is resting, place the pan where you browned the pork over low heat. Add a tablespoon of vegetable oil and the garlic. Scrape up the browned bits from the pan. When the garlic becomes fragrant (careful not to burn it), add the brown sugar and the cayenne pepper. Continue scraping the browned bits from the pan, then immediately add the vinegar. Don’t stir it for a minute while some of the acid boils off.
- Add the stock and reduce the sauce by half. Remove from heat and add the butter. Swirl it around to combine, then add salt and pepper to taste.