Simple and Delicious Orange-Thyme Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Pork tenderloin is my favorite go-to meat when I want a delicious gourmet meal with no-fuss.  Last Sunday, I dreamed up this recipe and the family went wild!  Mmmmm…so good!  The weather was delightful, so we enjoyed it el fresco with a green salad and focaccia bread.

Here’s the super simple recipe that will have your family drooling for more!
Orange-Thyme Pork Tenderloin
2 center cut pork tenderloins
kosher salt
freshly cracked pepper
dried thyme
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.
Serves 4-6.

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