Tips for preparing roast pork loin

Tips for preparing roast pork loin

Roast pork tenderloin is one of the easiest recipes to prepare, you can bake it in the oven or even grill it! Pork tenderloin, although delicious, is a cut that tends to dry out if not done correctly. So, how can you prepare it in such a way that it stays juicy?

Roast pork loin: baked or grilled?

Pork loin is the star dish at Christmas parties and on special occasions. It is a lean cut, which means that, despite its delicious flavor, it is dry. However, there are some tips and tricks that will allow you to make a delicious and very juicy roast tenderloin.

What should you use to make sure the tenderloin is best done, should you use the grill or the oven? It all depends, of course, on the tenderloin recipe you want to prepare. The grill is the best option if you want to make grilled tenderloin steaks. You don't need much more than placing the meat over the fire and seasoning it as you like. And if you want to prepare the whole tenderloin, it is also possible to grill the whole tenderloin, but it requires a lot of time, and low heat, and you need to cover the grill so that the meat is done.

The oven is the easiest way to grill tenderloin without complications. You just need to place the tenderloin in a dish, regulate the temperature and watch the meat from time to time, as well as turn it when necessary.

How to roast a tenderloin in the oven?

As  tenderloin is a very lean meat that has very little juice, it is important that you provide the extra liquid so that the cut is very juicy and, of course, this is a delicacy for diners.

There are many recipes for oven-roasted tenderloin, but they all agree on one thing: it is important to add liquids to the meat, keep an eye on the liquid level and add more again when necessary. What liquids can you use? Since you want the recipe to have a lot of flavor and juiciness, you can use:

  • Beef broth.
  • Red wine.
  • Sherry wine.
  • Cognac.
  • White wine.

It all depends, of course, on the recipe you are following. For the meat to be impregnated with the juices of these liquids, you need to prick it, a few times, from the top; in this way, when you pour the liquids over the meat, they will penetrate the inside of the tenderloin and the flavor will be unique.

The meat should be placed in an oven-proof container and seasoned with salt, freshly ground black pepper, aromatic herbs and the meat stock and wine of your choice. The oven should be preheated to 190º C and left to cook for 45 minutes. After the first half of the cooking time, the cut should be turned over and moistened again with a little of the meat stock and wine.

If you notice that the tenderloin is overcooking on the outside, cover it with aluminum foil and continue cooking.

How to grill tenderloin?

The tenderloin can also be grilled on the grill, and it is also very easy! The disadvantage is that, since the grill is covered, you will have to keep an even closer eye on the meat, unlike in the oven.

To begin with, if your grill has a tray, place it underneath the grill so that the cooking juices can drip into it. You will have to paint the loin, with a kitchen brush, before placing it on the fire. To do this, prepare in a separate bowl all the seasonings and spices you wish to use, as well as the wine and meat stock. Stir very well and paint the tenderloin on both sides.

Many people who grill the tenderloin choose to inject the seasoning inside the meat with the help of a syringe; others make small holes in the top and pour the liquid inside for juiciness.

Once you have seasoned the tenderloin, place it over medium heat and cover the grill. It will also take about 45 minutes and you will also need to turn it over halfway through cooking and add a little more wine and beef broth.

It is best to cover the grill during cooking so that the meat cooks better, but you have to check from time to time so that the meat does not burn, toast or overcook.

What to serve with roasted pork loin?

Pork loin is a cut that goes very well with anything. It is perfect if you accompany it with rice, salad, sautéed or roasted vegetables, as well as piquillo peppers and potatoes in their different styles (fried and mashed are ideal for this cut).

If you want more flavor, you can accompany it with a sauce such as blue cheese, BBQ, mushroom or even a red fruit sauce.

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