You will love this Maple Pecan Pork Tenderloin. It’s bursting with flavor and came together in no time at all. Stick it in the oven for about an hour or so, and you have a wonderful dinner waiting for you.
The maple and pecan glaze sweeten up this pork. It’s the perfect amount of sweetness. Not too heavy, but just right to keep you coming back for more.
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how to keep pork tenderloin juicy
We are often asked how to cook pork tenderloin so that it doesn’t dry out, and will keep a moist and juicy taste. Pork is known for being on the dry side.
The secret to cooking a small pork tenderloin and having it remain juicy is to cook it at very high heat quickly — about 400 degrees. You have to be careful not to overcook pork. If cooked to long, it can become very tough.
Glazes and rubs help keep your pork tenderloin on the moist side. You can often cover the pork loosely with aluminum foil if it starts to brown too fast, and your cooking time is not yet up.
A 3 pound pork tenderloin will generally take about an hour to cook. Ovens vary, so watch closely. You will want the internal temperature of the pork tenderloin to be around 145 degrees when done cooking.
what is the best pan for cooking a pork tenderloin
There are many options you can use when cooking a pork tenderloin. A roasting rack is often used because it roasts the meat on all sides and catches the drippings in the bottom of the pan.
We used a cookie sheet that has sides. We covered it with foil and sprayed that with a non stick cooking spray. The tenderloin was fine sitting on the bottom of the cookie sheet.
You will want a pan with sides to catch any of the glaze that could slide off of the tenderloin, and it will also catch juices.
can you cook this tenderloin with veggies?
We have cooked this tenderloin on it’s own, and we have added veggies at other times. Either one works great. If cooking the tenderloin on a cookie sheet, there is plenty of room to add diced carrots and potatoes. Sprinkle them with a little olive oil and seasoning of your choice and your side dishes are taken care of.
We like adding potatoes and carrots. It’s a great side dish with less cleanup.
how to make maple pecan pork tenderloin
- Place the pork on a cookie sheet lined with aluminum foil. Season with salt and pepper.
- In a medium sized bowl combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, mustard, and chopped pecans.
- Stir together until it is well combined.
- Spoon the maple syrup and pecan mixture over the top of the pork tenderloin. You can cook it in the oven on it’s own, or you can place diced potatoes and carrots around the meat. (Either way works great.)
- Cook uncovered in the oven at 400 degrees for about an hour, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees. If the glaze starts to get well done, place tented foil loosely over the pork.
- After it’s done cooking, let the meat rest for about 5-10 minutes, then slice and serve.
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side dishes to compliment your pork tenderloin
- Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes
- Brown Sugar and Bacon Green Beans
- Cheddar Bay Biscuits
- Layered Green Salad
- Grape Salad Recipe
Maple Pecan Pork Tenderloin Recipe
- 3 pound pork tenderloin
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup brown sugar
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup Dijon Mustard
- ¾ cup chopped pecans
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with non stick cooking spray.
- Place pork tenderloin on foil and season with salt and pepper on both sides of meat. Set aside.
- In a medium sized bowl combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, mustard, and pecans.
- Stir until well combined.
- Spoon the maple syrup and pecan mixture over the top of the pork tenderloin.
- Cook uncovered for about an hour, or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145 degrees. If the glaze starts to get well done, place tented foil loosely over the pork during the cooking time.
- After it's done cooking, let the meat rest for about 5-10 minutes. Slice and serve.
You can also place cut up potatoes and vegetables around the pork and cook them all together. We drizzled olive oil and your choice of seasonings on the veggies and potatoes.
- Cookie Sheet
- Aluminum Foil
- Mixing Bowl
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