Here’s the super simple recipe that will have your family drooling for more!
Orange-Thyme Pork Tenderloin
2 center cut pork tenderloins
freshly cracked pepper
dried orange peel (available in the spice section of your grocery store)
1 c. bottled barbecue sauce (I used Stubb’s Smokey Mesquite BBQ Sauce)
2/3 c. orange juice
2 T. olive oil (or leftover bacon grease)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Rinse the pork tenderloins, pat dry, and place on a plate. Sprinkle all sides generously with salt, freshly cracked pepper, dried thyme, and dried orange peel. Massage seasonings into the tenderloins.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet over med-high heat. Place tenderloins in pan and sear for about 2 mins. per side, sealing in the juices on all surfaces of the pork. Remove from skillet and place tenderloins in a 9″ x 13″ pan.
Cook in 375 degree oven for 45 mins. Meanwhile, combine 1/2 c. barbecue sauce with 1/3 c. orange juice, a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper, and a generous dash of dried thyme. (You want this to be of a nice glazing consistency, so adjust accordingly…a little more sauce, or a bit more juice.) Once the pork has cooked for the 45 mins., baste with sauce every 5 mins. until done (meat thermometer inserted in thickest part should measure 175 degrees).
Remove from oven, cover, and let rest for 8-10 mins. While it is resting, combine remaining 1/2 c. barbecue sauce, 1/3 c. orange juice, a generous amount of freshly cracked pepper, and a dash of dried thyme. Heat this sauce in small saucepan and let simmer until meat has been sliced and is ready to serve.
Arrange slices on a platter and pour heated sauce over the slices.