Deb's Recipe: Maple Bacon Pork Loin
from Juli Bauer's Paleo Cookbook (I highly recommend this cookbook)
For the pork:
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 (1 1/2lb) pork tenderloin
4 slices of bacon
For the sauce:
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 tablespoons of water
2 tablespoons molasses
1/8 teaspoon chili powder
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
2 In a small bowl mix together the garlic powder, smoked paprika, salt and pepper. Pat the pork dry then coat the pork with the spice mixture, pressing into meat.
3 In a large sauté pan over medium heat, cook the bacon until crispy. Remove from pan and set aside on a paper towel.
4 In the same pan over medium-high heat, sear the pork on all sides in the bacon fat, about 2 minutes per side
5 Place Sears's pork on the lined baking sheet and put in over and roast for 12-15 minutes, until it reaches an internal temp of at least 145°F
6 Cover the pork with foil and let rest for 5 mins. While pork is resting, make the sauce. Place same pan you used to cook bacon over low heat. Add the sauce ingredients and scrape bottom of pan. Mix together and simmer for 5 minutes, until thickened. Chop the cooked bacon into small pieces and add to the thickened sauce.
7 Pour the sauce over the pork, slice and serve
My tips, I chop bacon before I cook it and cook it that way, I find it's easier. I also make the sauce while the pork is in the oven and just leave it on low until pork is done!