This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork. The opinions, recipe, photos, and text are all mine.
Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Bacon Sauce is a vibrant, elegant summer dish that looks fancy but can be made in just 30 minutes! Tender, packed with flavor and color, this hearty recipe is a feast for all senses.
Hot summer nights call for fresh meals packed with seasonal ingredients, enjoyed al fresco. With summer’s bounty of berries, and a few secret shortcuts, it’s so easy to make meals that look fancy but deliver real flavor, real fast!
One of my favorite home cooking “tricks” is to purchase a main ingredient to a dish that might be pre-marinated or pre-prepped. Then I like to dress it up by creating a complimentary sauce, side, or topping to help personalize it.
If you’re looking for a delicious, elegant summer dish that will impress your guests – but will only take you 30 minutes to make – try my Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Bacon Sauce recipe.
Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Bacon Sauce
Seasonal eating feels so much easier during summer sometimes, doesn’t it? We’ve got strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, peaches, asparagus, tomatoes… so MUCH fresh produce!
One of my favorite – and my son’s favorite – summer ingredients are blackberries. In Oregon, we’re lucky enough to have both fresh summer blackberries AND marionberries, which are the Oregon-grown cousin to blackberries.
Summer Cooking Time Savers
This dish can be made in just 30 minutes, thanks to a few kitchen time savers:
- use pre-marinated fresh pork
- use pre-sliced mushrooms
- use pre-minced garlic in a jar
For this recipe, I used Smithfield Roasted Garlic & Cracked Black Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin. It’s already pre-marinated with a delicious blend of seasonings, so all you have to do is pop it into the oven.
You can find Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork in this flavor, and/or other delicious flavors and pork cuts at your local Safeway. We purchase various cuts and flavors of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork regularly (the Roasted Garlic and Herb Pork Loin Filet is also delicious!).
These marinated fresh pork cuts are always flavorful – and they roast up in just 30 minutes or less!
The flavor of the Roasted Garlic and Cracked Black Peppercorn Pork Tenderloin lends itself well to the rich, sweet bacon blackberry sauce.
Blackberry Bacon Sauce
While the pork is roasting, it’s time to make the Blackberry Bacon Sauce. It’s a super simple sauce of chopped bacon, sliced mushrooms, minced garlic, blackberries, and balsamic vinegar.
If you follow this blog, you know that bacon is a year-round essential in our house. I love the smokiness that bacon adds to the sauce. It helps balance out the tartness of the blackberries and the earthiness of the mushrooms.
To save time, you can purchase pre-sliced cremini mushrooms and a jar of pre-minced garlic at the grocery store.
The sauce only takes about 15 minutes so if it’s ready before the pork is done roasting, simply reduce to low heat and allow to simmer and thicken on the stove.
Real Flavor, Real Fast
That’s it! Super simple, right? Real flavor, REAL fast!
I love how bright and vibrant this dish is all plated up. The meat is so tender and flavorful, and the sauce is the perfect balance of smoky and sweet.
BONUS: if you’re cooking this for a family of four, or for just you and your significant other, you may have leftovers. This dish still tastes amazing the next day. I’ve made sandwiches with the leftovers and they’re so good!
Smithfield is also challenging you to see what you can do with Marinated Fresh Pork! Think you can create a flavorful meal ready in about 30 minutes? For more 30-minute meal preparation ideas, and to submit your original recipe for a chance to win great prizes, head to www.SmithfieldRealFlavorRealFast.com.
Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Bacon Sauce Recipe
- 1 1- pound Smithfield Garlic and Cracked Pepper Pork Tenderloin
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 5 slices bacon chopped into smaller, approximately 1" pieces
- 2 cups cremini mushrooms sliced
- 2 cups blackberries
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- optional: garnish with roughly chopped mint
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a shallow roasting pan, place pork tenderloin onto a rack.
- Roast at 425 degrees farenheit for 25-30 minutes in the middle oven rack.
- While pork is roasting, make the sauce.
Make the Blackberry Bacon Sauce
- In a large saucepan, heat the butter over medium-high heat until it's just melted. Add bacon slices. Stir and cook bacon until slightly crispy, about 5 minutes.
- Add mushrooms and garlic to the pan. Bring heat down to medium.
- Stir until ingredients are well mixed. Slowly add balsamic vinegar and cook for 2 minutes.
- Add blackberries, bring heat to low. Simmer for 5-7 minutes.
- Keep sauce on the stovetop on low heat until the pork is done. Plate and serve immediately.
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