PREP TIME: 5 MINS | COOK TIME: 30 MINS | SERVINGS: 4 -6
You’ll love this outrageously juicy and flavorful baked pork tenderloin. The melt-in-your-mouth pork with the best self-basting herb butter is to die for!
3 tbsp butter sliced into 6 pads
1 pkg. pork tenderloins, trimmed (comes with 2 pieces, 2 – 2 ½ pounds total)
4 c. warm water
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 c. ice cubes
1/4 c. kosher salt
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 tablespoon EACH chili powder, garlic powder
1/4 tsp pepper
1 teaspoon EACH salt, onion powder
HERBS TO ADD LATER:
1/2 teaspoon EACH dried parsley, dried basil, dried oregano, dried thyme
HOW TO MAKE THE BEST BAKED PORK TENDERLOIN
Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 400 degrees. On a baking sheet, lay two long pieces of foil.
Step 2: Combine the salt with warm water in a gallon-size freezer bag until the salt has dissolved. Stir in the apple cider vinegar, brown sugar, and ice. Add the pork and brine for about 20 minutes. Rinse the pork after 20 minutes and pat it very dry. Make sure not to leave the pork in the brine for more than 20 minutes.
Step 3: In a small bowl, mix the Spice Mix ingredients (smoked paprika, chilli powder, garlic powder, pepper, salt, and onion powder). Rub this on the entire pork.
Step 4: In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork tenderloins to the skillet once the oil is very hot and sear all sides until golden. When done, transfer the tenderloins to the foil.
Step 5: Rub the tenderloins with the rest of the herbs (parsley, basil, oregano, and thyme) and evenly drizzle with a tbsp lemon juice. On top of the tenderloins, put 3 pads of butter. Enclose the tenderloin by bringing the sides of the foil up.
Step 6: Place the tenderloins in the preheated oven and bake for about 15 to 25 minutes until the internal temperature of the pork reached between 145 to 150 degrees (63 to 65 degrees C).
Step 7: Loosen the foil when the pork is done to let the steam escape. Allow the pork to sit for about 5 to 10 minutes. To taste, season with more salt and pepper. Slice and serve with the butter sauce from the bottom of the foil. Enjoy!