Maple Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin w/ Rosemary Cherry Sauce

October 12, 2012 by Ali

Today’s posts are both celebrating a trip I had the privilege of making to Des Moines a few weeks ago for the Farmers Feed US 2012 Iowa CornQuest! Sponsored by the Iowa Corn Growers Association, the trip was a total blast. Loved getting to hang out with some absolutely wonderful blogging friends, learn all sorts of things about the Iowa corn, beef and pork industries and the amazing farmers who work hard to provide for us, and of course — loved getting to eat some seriously stellar food!

While we were treated to many delicious dishes on the trip, one of my favorite meals was actually a lunch that we were able to cook ourselves! That’s right. Brave Chef Terrie Kohl from the Country Club Market split the ten of us food bloggers into teams to prepare lunch for one another using her delicious recipes. And I was lucky to end up on Team Pork making this heavenly Maple Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Cherry Sauce. I think the chef must have secretly known one of my biggest cooking aversions, because she promptly put me to work removing the silver skin from about 8 pork tenderloins. But I admit, it was all worth it when everyone sat down and took their first bites of this pork dish. It was absolutely amazing!

I mean, I don’t know how you couldn’t love bacon wrapped pork tenderloin. But the rosemary cherry sauce absolutely took this dish over the top. Even after we were totally stuffed, people passed around the plates for seconds and thirds. And then we all promptly asked the chef if we might be able to take the recipe home to share (which she generously agreed to — thanks, Chef Terrie!). So I’m excited to pass it onto you! I made a few slight tweaks to the recipe, mainly doubling the sauce because I couldn’t get enough of those big plump cherries. But it is a wonderful dish that comes together quickly and easily, and is sure to impress your friends and family. I’m a big fan. :)

Cheers to great meals, grown by great farmers, and cooked with great friends!!!

Maple Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Rosemary Cherry Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 3-4 Servings


    For The Maple Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin:
  • 1 (2 lb.) pork tenderloin, rinsed and silver skin removed
  • 6-8 slices maple bacon
  • 1 Tbsp. vegetable or canola oil
  • For The Rosemary Cherry Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 cup thinly-sliced red onions
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dried cherries
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh or 1 tsp. dried rosemary, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch


To Make The Tenderloin:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wrap the tenderloin with the strips of bacon in an even layer, securing with toothpicks.

Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Then add the pork and sear it on all sides, about 2 minutes per side, until browned. Once seared, transfer the pork to a baking pan covered with aluminum foil (for easy cleanup). Then bake for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 140 degrees F. (As the pork sits afterwards, it will continue cooking and reach 145 degrees.) Serve pork covered with pan sauce.

To Make The Sauce:

In the same skillet that you used to sear the pork, heat the olive oil on medium-high heat. Add the onions, garlic, dried cherries and rosemary. Saute until the onions are cooked, about 6 minutes. Add the chicken stock and continue cooking until the sauce comes to a boil.

While the broth heats, whisk together the vinegar and cornstarch in a separate bowl. Once the broth is boiling, whisk in the cornstarch mixture until evenly blended. Let sauce boil for an additional 1-2 minutes until thickened, then remove pan from heat and cover until serving.

Recipe used with permission from Chef Terrie Kohl.

(c) 2013 Gimme Some Oven. All rights reserved.

filed in Christmas, Entrees, Pork

About Ali

Ali Ebright is a freelance recipe developer and food writer/photographer, and blogs at Gimme Some Oven and Gimme Some Life. She also loves all things music, traveling near and far, actually making things from Pinterest, cozying up with a good book and her sweet pup, Henry, and spending time with a wonderful group of friends. Come say hello and follow Ali on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ & Instagram.

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16 thoughts on “Maple Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin w/ Rosemary Cherry Sauce

  1. Oh my word, I haven’t even tried the pork yet but the sauce is amazing!!!! I cannot WAIT, the smells in my kitchen right now are unbelievable!! Pairing this with sweet corn and roasted new potatoes. And I used fresh cherries instead of the dried, as my daughter and I picked fresh cherries today. Of course. I had to use them! Also, put a tablespoon of maple syrup in the sauce as I didn’t have maple bacon. Looking forward to it!

    - Nicki

  2. This was so delicious! Served it with roasted sweet potatoes and salad followed by pan a cotta. A wonderful Christmas dinner!

    - Lindsey

  3. This was absolutely amazing! It also made the house smell incredible! The boyfriend’s kids even asked for seconds.

    - Tina

  4. Rosemary sauce! I love rosemary anything. And involving pork tenderloin and bacon just makes it better!

    - Erin @ Texanerin Baking

  5. This looks absolutely fantastic! Love the photos – seriously, so fun!!

    - Mackenzie {SusieFreakingHomemaker}

  6. Looks completely delicious. My kinda meal!

    - Lori @ RecipeGirl

  7. This was my favorite meal too! That sauce was amazing! Glad you posted it!!

    - Kelley {mountain mama cooks}

  8. Looks so yummy, Ali! Can’t wait to try it! =)

    - Angie

  9. Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin sounds pretty impossible not to love, especially with that sauce!

    - Anna @ hiddenponies

  10. Everything wrapped in bacon is 100x better. Oh yes.

    - Rachel @ Baked by Rachel

  11. this is AWESOME!!! i’m totally making this one night so i can actually enjoy and taste most of it!! gorgeous :)

    - Julie @ Table for Two

  12. This looks like it came out of a very fancy restaurant!! Dying to try to make it myself.

    - Laura @FoodSnobSTL

  13. That sauce is amazing, Ali! I seriously want to slather that on anything and everything!

    - Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

  14. Love love LOVE. Go see my post that I finally just finished & posted lol ;)

    - Tina | My Life as a Mrs

  15. Dying over this sauce!

    - Cassie

  16. This is absolutely gorgeous!!! That rosemary cherry sauce is calling to me!

    - Robyn | Add a Pinch