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Pork Tenderloin and my 1st qview!

post #1 of 9
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This past Saturday I was a little bit bored and wanted to smoke something for dinner.  Making this decision at about 3pm didn't leave a whole lot of time to do much, but further inspection of my meat selections gave me an idea...PORK TENDERLOIN!

 

Now I only have to feed me and my girlfriend, so we're talking probably a 2lb tenderloin.  Also, staying aware of the lack of fat on this specific cut of pork made me realize I would have to take special precautions to keep this tasty little piece from drying out.

 

Solution? BACON!

 

After trimming off any silver skin I found, I decided to shake a moderate coating of Montreal Steak Seasoning on the tenderloin.  I use this very frequently when grilling a tenderloin, and figured it would translate well into the smoking application as well.

 

Then came the bacon wrap.  Using a Oscar Meyer Center Cut packaged bacon, I started at one end and then wrapped the whole way to the other.  I would start each consecutive piece about one inch overlapping the previous piece and wrap so about a quarter of an inch of the slice stayed tucked under the next piece.  This held really well and only required one toothpick to hold the last piece in place.

 

I won't ramble on any longer about this other than to say this meal was INCREDIBLE!  I was super pleased with the tenderness, hickory smoke flavoring was perfect, the smoke ring was excellent (sorry, Blackberry pics of it sucked) and it only took about 1.5hrs to do!  I pulled it off when I hit an internal temp of 160 degrees. 

 

There is no doubt I will be doing this one again considering how cheap tenderloin can be, and maybe next time I will use Jeff's rub under the bacon instead of the Montreal Steak Seasoning.

 

Here's to my first qview!  Sorry there aren't more photos.

 

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And the finished product:

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post #2 of 9

Looks like you did real well with this one - Congrats on a great looking smoke

post #3 of 9

awesome, looks like a giant pork spliff.  i never had much luck with tenderloin on the smoker, looks like this might be the solution.

post #4 of 9

"giant pork spliff"

LOL

post #5 of 9

Next time try two strips of loin.

Season the strips with a dry rub of your choice, I use a basic herb so as not to over power the pork, then bind the two strips into a roast of decent size so it can dweel in the smoker for a while with a basket weave of bacon. Works well and tastes great with some hickory chunks for smoke flavor.

post #6 of 9

That looks mighty tasty !

 

You did cheat a little. IMO you could wrap Bacon around an old oak root, and it would taste good---But then that's me.

 

 

Thanks for showing,

Bear

post #7 of 9

Looks great congrats

post #8 of 9

That looks like some good eats.  Well done!

post #9 of 9

Pork wrapped pork, it doesnt get much better than that.

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