The pork tenderloin is cut from the loin part of the pig, specifically the full bone-in loin. As can be gleaned from its name, this is the most tender part of the pig.
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Pork TenderloinThe pork tenderloin is cut from theloin part of the pig, specifically thefull bone-in loin. As can be gleanedfrom its name, this is the most tenderpart of the pig. According to theInternational Meat Manual,“tenderloins may be purchased withthe presence or absence of themembrane, head and side muscle.”A young hog at 6 to 7 months oldusually produces the pork meat soldin markets, as defined by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Look forpork meat that has a firm, grayish pink color and a relatively small amount of fat.The USDA recommends cooking pork at an internal temperature of 145°F with a resttime of three minutes. The rest time indicates “the amount of time the product remainsat the final temperature, after it has been removed from a grill, oven, or other heatsource.” When roasting pork tenderloin, roast it with an oven temperature of 425-450 °Ffor 20 to 30 minutes. This is for ½ to 1 ½ pounds of fresh pork tenderloin. When broiling pork tenderloin, make sure it’s four inches from the heat. For the ½ to 1 ½ pounds of fresh pork tenderloin, broil it for 15 to 25 minutes. Always make sure that the internal temperature reads145°F with a rest time of three minutes.When adding flavor to the pork tenderloin, consider putting it in a liquid marinade in asealable bag overnight. Some use only garlic and olive oil as the “marinade” whileothers would create more elaborate concoctions ranging from barbecue flavored toAsian-style teriyaki marinades. A dry rub can also be applied, using ground herbs andspices such as dried oregano and seeds from cumin, fennel, coriander and mustard.Like turkey, pork tenderloin can also benefit from brining, a method of soaking the meatin saltwater solution. Otherwise, you can choose to just season the pork tenderloin withsalt and freshly milled peppercorns. Once you’ve seared the meat on the grill or oven,you can also apply glazes on the tenderloin made from honey, barbecue sauce, or fruitjams. Recipes in this collection include blackberry pork tenderloin and lime jalapenoand cumin pork tenderloin.In the U.S. Midwest, crispy breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches are popular, as cited byWikipedia. The sandwich has a thinly cut tenderloin that’s breaded and deep fried toserve as the filling. It’s said to be served with onions, pickles and mustard and nothingelse. The bun used is usually hamburger bun and the cut of the meat is usually largerthan the bread.