Tough, dry pork is the worst! Because pork tenderloin is so lean, there is little fat to keep the meat juicy. A few years ago I was looking for a New Year’s Day pork recipe and found an interesting extreme heat cooking method that claimed to produce a perfectly juicy tenderloin.
The cooking method is 5-1/2 minutes per lb. at 500 degrees. Without opening the oven door. turn off the oven and cook for an additional 35-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees.
The result is so delicious and I have been preparing pork tenderloin this way ever since!
Extreme Heat Pork Tenderloin
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
Remove the tenderloin from package and rub the meat with garlic, rosemary, and sage -Or your favorite dry seasonings.
Place the tenderloin in a baking dish or roasting pan.
Cook 5-1/2 minutes per pound. (For example, if your tenderloin is 5.23 lb. Multiply by 5.5 which equals 28.765, so cooking time is 28 mins.45seconds.)
Place it on the bottom oven rack.
Turn off the oven. DO NOT open the oven door and let the tenderloin continue to cook for 35-45 more minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees.
Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes.
(I add the drippings from the pan to my gravy because I serve it with mashed potatoes.)
Slice and serve with your favorite sides.