Never cooked tenderloin before but I got a shit ton given to me. What's the best way to prepare it? Sear and roast? Braise it?
What should I use to season it? Would a rub be better than sauce?
Tenderloin is a very tender cut so it benefits from quick cooking. Sear and then roast as needed to finish cooking through. Save the braising for tough cuts with a lot of connective tissue.
>>what should I use to season it
I dunno man, what do you like?
>>rub be better than a sauce?
why not both? you can make a great pan sauce from the drippings regardless of what other seasoning you use.
Last weekend I butterflied one out into a big flat piece and stuffed it with jalapenos(not pickled, fresh) and cream cheese.
Rolled it up, rubbed in cajun seasoning, wrapped in bacon.
Baked at 350 until done(use a meat thermometer).
It was wonderful, and I think I'm going to do another because I'm craving it.
I usually put some kind of spice rub and some butter or olive oil all over the outside and roast it on a rack in a hot oven, 425-450 degrees until it's about medium to medium rare. The outside gets nice and browned and the inside stays tender and juicy.
I have one going in the crock pot right now.
I put a bunch of serranos, garlic, sliced onion, chicken stock, wine and tomatoes, been going for about three hours. In another hour i'm gonna shred it and put it back in while i make a mole paste sauce (premade, i'm not a mexican grandma with a cauldron) and then strain the juice and combine them for ultimate flavor
i def recommend marinating with some citrus and rubbing with salt and/or garlic and pepper before cooking any type of pork, it helps tenderize the meat
I also brushed the bacon with Texas honey before baking to create a glaze.
It might pull, but tenderloins are very lean compared to the whole butt. Not as much connective tissue to break down.
Additionally, Boston Butts are like $1 a pound where I live, and a tenderloin is closer to $5 a pound.
Either way, I hope it turns out good for you. Sounds pretty delicious.
Thanks d00d I'll keep that in mind for next time.
It pulled pretty well, so I drained the liquid and put all the rest of the solids into a pan with a can of crushed tomatoes and heated it with the mole paste and chicken broth until it thickened and then added it back to the crockpot with the pork for another hour or so.
I'll let ya know how it turns out!
did you seriously shred a bunch of tenderloin??
it's too lean to be good like that.. your best bet is to just sear them really hard with salt/pepper and then finish them in the oven to medium (140-145 degrees)
sorry homie the dude you responded to isn't me, the guy who shredded it. I really just needed an excuse to use the Mole starter that i got, and it seems like it worked out fine. Some people are acting like shredding it renders it inedible, it's soft and tasty, what's the big deal?
it's obviously going to taste good.. it's pork tenderloin.
the problem is that it's so lean and there is basically no fat whatsoever on that cut of meat. it's perfect for cooking high heat and to temp, but you want a fattier cut of pork because you want the fat to render and the protein chains in the meat to break down which means you gotta do it low and slow
you didn't make an inedible mistake, it was just a silly way to use what you had