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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

There’s nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It’s a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

True story: I never actually cooked with pork tenderloin until about a year ago. I only really knew bacon, pork shoulder/butt for pulled pork, and pork chops. Oh yeah, and prosciutto and pancetta! I can’t believe I’ve been missing out on this leaner and flavorful cut for years so now I’m making up for lost times by trying to eat it often and in various ways.

Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin Recipe

My newest favorite way to cook it up is this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin filled with a layer of delicious apple, mustard, balsamic, and garlic combo. The sweet taste of apple with the saltiness and crunchiness of bacon is just unbeatable with the tender and juicy pork loin.

Wrapping the Tenderloin with Bacon

Wrapping the pork tenderloin with bacon is actually really simple, even though it may look fancy and complicated. Here are some techniques to ensure that you have a beautiful, well wrapped pork for your end result:

  • Use thin cut bacon that’s stretchy.
  • Lay the bacon slices side by side lengthwise (photo below) slightly overlapping and then lay the pork tenderloin over in crosswise.
  • Do not wrap the pork tenderloin too tight, as the bacon will shrink during cooking.
  • If you can’t get the bacon to stay in place, use a toothpick to secure it.

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Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 24 minutes
Resting Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 29 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 342 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

There's nothing more delicious and juicy than this Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with an apple filling. It's a perfect Whole30 and keto holiday dinner that takes less than 30 minutes!

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Ingredients

  • 1 lb pork tenderloin
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8-10 slices bacon thin cut & sugar free
  • 1/2 medium apple roughly chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  2. Pat dry the pork with a paper towel and sprinkle with salt and pepper. 

  3. Place bacon slices next to each other on a baking sheet or an oven safe skillet, slightly overlapping each other so they are as wide as the length of the pork loin. 

  4. Lay the pork on top of the bacon, but don't wrap the bacon around it yet.

  5. Place apple, garlic, mustard, balsamic vinegar, and thyme in the food processor and process until they become a thick paste. I like to leave mine a bit chunky but you can process until smooth.

  6. Coat the top and sides of the pork loin with the apple mixture. 

  7. Carefully wrap the pork loin with the bacon slices, but not too tightly. The bacon will shrink as it cooks. Use toothpicks to secure, if needed.

  8. Roast for 20 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 145 degrees F. 

  9. Broil for 3-4 minutes until the bacon crisps up. 

  10. Rest for 5 minutes, then cut into slices to serve. You can spoon some of the bacon/pork juice over the slices before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Apple Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 342 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 21g 32%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 394mg 16%
Potassium 569mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 0.3%
Vitamin C 2.8%
Calcium 1.2%
Iron 7.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork (Whole30)

Celebrate summer with this Whole30 and Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice, served with perfectly juicy and flavorful grilled pineapple pork tenderloin.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

The weather sure has been warming up and I’ve been firing up my grill more and more, and I’ve been absolutely loving it. If you couldn’t tell, I’m a huge fan of the grill because I think it makes food look and taste better with its char marks and subtle smokiness, and you can see some of my favorite grill recipes here.

I’ve recently been seeing pineapples coming out at the market, which makes me so happy. They are one of my favorite fruits because they are so dang refreshing, while tasting perfectly sweet and tart. Plus, they remind me of summer, which is always a good thing for me.

Today’s recipe is a celebration of welcoming the warmer months, using the grill to cook the pork tenderloin to a perfectly juicy finish, and incorporating pineapples into this paleo pineapple fried rice to infuse the sweet and savory flavors together. I don’t know about you, but the combo of pineapples and pork is a match made in heaven.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

The pineapple adds a delicious flavor and sweetness without overpowering the flavors in this paleo pineapple fried rice, and it goes so well with the spices like coconut aminos and tumeric. I usually don’t like dishes that are too sweet, but this tasted perfectly balanced and I ended up eating way more than I intended.

Of course, the main star of the dish is the pork tenderloin. I’ve never grilled pork tenderloin before this, but you bet that’ll be the only way I cook it from now on because it turned out fantastic! It formed a beautiful golden crust on the outside, while being super moist inside. The marinade gives it an amazing flavor and my husband kept saying I have to make it again soon.

If you own a grill, I couldn’t suggest this recipe enough! But even if you don’t, you can always use the broiler to cook up this easy and delicious dish that everyone will go crazy for.

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork TenderloinPaleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork Tenderloin

Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork

Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 27 minutes
Total Time: 32 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 458 kcal
Author: Jean Choi

Celebrate summer with this Whole30 and Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice, served with perfectly juicy and flavorful grilled pineapple pork tenderloin.

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Ingredients

Pineapple Grilled Pork

  • 1 cup chopped pineapple
  • 6 tbsp coconut aminos
  • 5 garlic cloves peeled
  • 1 inch fresh ginger
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin

Pineapple Fried Rice

  • 1 large cauliflower or 5 cups of pre-riced cauliflwoer
  • 4 tsp coconut oil divided
  • 2 eggs whisked
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 medium carrot diced
  • 1 red bell pepper chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger minced
  • 2 tsp sea salt divided
  • 1 cup diced pineapple
  • 1/4 cup coconut aminos
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 3 green onions chopped
  • Optional: Chopped cilantro for garnish

Instructions

Pineapple Grilled Pork

  1. Combine pineapple, coconut aminos, garlic, ginger, dijon mustard, and sea salt in a food processor, and blend until smooth and creamy. 

  2. Add the pork to a large resealable bag, then pour in the marinade. 

  3. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 hours to overnight. 

  4. Remove the pork from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature while you prepare the grill. Discard the marinade.

  5. Preheat the grill to high.

  6. Place the pork tenderloin over direct heat and close the lid. Grill for one minute. 

  7. Repeat for the 3 remaining sides of the pork.

  8. Move the pork to indirect heat and grill for 4 minutes with the lid closed. 

  9. Flip and repeat, until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 140 degrees F.

  10. Remove from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes. Make the Pineapple Fried Rice while the pork rests.

Pineapple Fried Rice

  1. If using a whole cauliflower, remove the leaves off the cauliflower and cut off the florets from the roots.

  2. Use a cheese grater or a food processor with a grater attachment, and grate the cauliflower into the size of rice. Set aside. 

  3. Heat 1 tsp of coconut oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. 

  4. Add the eggs and cook stirring for 1 minutes, until the eggs are set and scrambled. Transfer to a dish and set aside

  5. Heat 1 tbsp of coconut oil in the same skillet. 

  6. Add onion, carrot, red bell pepper, garlic, ginger, and 1 tsp sea salt.

  7. Cook stirring for 4-5 minutes until the onion is softened.

  8. Add cauliflower rice, pineapple, coconut aminos, turmeric, and 1 tsp sea salt.

  9. Stir together to coat, then close the lid. Lower the heat to medium low and let it cook for 5 minutes.

  10. Uncover, add scrambled eggs and green onions, and stir.

  11. Remove from heat and plate. Cut the pork into thin slices and add to the pineapple fried rice. 

  12. If using, garnish with cilantro before serving. 

Nutrition Facts
Paleo Pineapple Fried Rice with Grilled Pineapple Pork
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 458 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 155mg 52%
Sodium 2648mg 110%
Potassium 1092mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 61g 20%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 43g
Protein 29g 58%
Vitamin A 76.6%
Vitamin C 100.3%
Calcium 9.4%
Iron 16.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Regarding other affiliate links and affiliate relationships: In order for me to support my blogging activities, I may receive monetary compensation or other types of remuneration for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial and/or link to any products or services from this blog. Thank you for your support and understanding.