If you haven’t already checked it out, you’ve gotta try the Sweet & Smoky Chicken that I made a couple weeks back! The sauce was sooooooo good (and Paleo friendly too!), and I just knew that I needed to use it in many other applications! Honestly, the sauce from the chicken tasted like a gourmet ketchup, almost a cross between ketchup and BBQ sauce, which we all know I’m beyond obsessed with! And so I modified the recipe a tiny bit in order to turn it into a marinade/sauce for a simple oven roasted pork tenderloin the other day. It turned out AMAZING. Sorry in advance for the crappier picture quality…I promise I’m working on getting a light box (hopefully for Christmas!) so that in the winter I can still take nice food pictures for the blog!
But pictures aside, the taste of this pork tenderloin is bombbbbb! And it’s so ridiculously easy to make too. I told someone about it and they asked if I thought it would be just as good as it was cooked in the crock pot. I honestly don’t know, since I find that the crock pot can sometimes dull the flavor of what’s cooked in it, buttttttt I’m definitely going to be giving it a shot soon and will report back with my findings because that would make it even more ridiculously easy to make this for an easy weeknight dinner. I mean, it doesn’t get much better than this, friends.
Plus, did I mention that it’s Paleo friendly too? Horray! And if you’re following the 21 Day Fix/Portion Fix container plan, I’d measure the pork out in a red container and then count the sauce as 1 tsp! So it’s a definite winner in my book for an easy, healthy dinner to switch it up from plain, old regular chicken. I mean, does anyone else fall into the rut of eating the same protein most nights? For us, it’s usually chicken most nights, and then salmon once during the week. But to keep it interesting, I try to throw in a different protein each week too! And pork tenderloin is an easy & inexpensive option!
I know I don’t have a picture of it, but I served this Sweet & Smoky Pork Tenderloin with some roasted sweet potatoes and a healthy serving of steamed broccoli! It was the perfect, simple weeknight meal and my tummy was nice and full from it! So now let’s get you the recipe so that you can try it as well!
Sweet & Smoky Pork Tenderloin
A simple pork tenderloin marinated in a smoky tomato sauce and roasted
- 6 oz tomato paste
- 4 Tbs maple syrup
- 1/2 tsp liquid smoke (I used hickory)
- 1 tsp dijon mustard
- 1 Tbs olive oil
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed of excess fat
In a bowl, mix together the tomato paste, maple syrup, liquid smoke & dijon mustard. Reserve 1/4 cup of the mixture in a separate bowl and refrigerate.
Add the 1 Tbs oil to the rest of the tomato mixture. Season pork tenderloin with salt & pepper and coat in the tomato mixture. Let marinate in the refrigerator at least 6 hours, or overnight for even more flavor!
When ready to cook, remove pork tenderloin from marinade and discard excess. Place in a baking pan, season with salt & pepper and roast at 400 degrees for about 30 minutes, or until pork is fully cooked through.
Once cooked, spread the remaining 1/4 cup of reserved sauce over the pork, slice & serve
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