Glazed Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

pork tenderloin

What’s better than one kind of pork? Why, two of course! This easy weeknight family meal is great whether cooked in the oven (which I did on this cool, grey autumn day) or grilled outside.

You’ll need:

  • 2 x 1.5-2lb pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 8 uncooked bacon strips

Glaze:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 3 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (I used Mrs. Butterworth’s)
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Season tenderloin with salt and pepper then add to pan, searing on all sides until they are deep golden brown. Remove from heat.
  3. Wrap each piece of tenderloin with 4 strips of bacon. Place each tenderloin on a rack over a foil-lined cookie sheet.
  4. Make glaze and brush over each tenderloin, reserving a bit of glaze for finishing.
  5. Put in oven to cook for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, brush on remaining glaze and return to oven for another 8-10 minutes.
  6. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
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Low Carb BBQ Sauce (“Bubba Q Juice”)

I bought my partner a smoker for our anniversary recently, and our first attempt at baby back pork ribs was a lip-smackin’ success! He found this low carb barbecue recipe for Lexington Bubba Q Juice that I was happy to replicate – and now share with you. This would be great on any grilled meat, but trust me on the ribs!!

  • 2 cups cider vinegar
  • 2 cup ketchup (Heinz Reduced Sugar)
  • 1 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoons tomato paste
  • A sprinkle of cayenne to taste

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes (longer for a thicker sauce). Makes 3 cups of sauce (about 1 net carb per oz).

ribs

 

 

Shrimp Boil in Foil (grilling recipe)

I came up with this low-carb idea when temperatures sizzled this week. When it’s too hot to turn on the oven? Turn up the heat outside on the grill and make foil packet dinners!

I used 2 layers of sturdy aluminum foil. In the center, I included:

  • 4-5 large uncooked shrimp
  • 1/2 cup green beans (parboiled/partially cooked. I put parboiled potatoes in the rest of my family’s foil packets)
  • 3 small pieces corn (not low carb, but it was a real treat! To cut the corn small, chop uncooked cobs into three, then halve each third down the middle. Three cobs made enough to feed four people.)
  • 5-7 thick slices of garlic sausage (or your favourite sausage)

Melt 2 tbsp melted butter with 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper (optional: add Old Bay Seasoning, cayenne, parsley or cajun seasoning for a kick!) then pour over your pile of ingredients. Fold edges of foil to the center and seal it tight.

Cook on hot grill for 12-15 minutes, flipping half way through. Serve with additional butter and spices, if desired.

shrimp boil in foil