Honey Butter Roasted Pork Loin

A few weeks ago, I went to Sam’s Club and came home with a ginormous pork loin.  Actually, it was over 8 pounds worth.  I divided it into two pieces, approximately 4 pounds each and froze one of them.  I have had at least 3-4 recipes that I wanted to try that I have gotten from Pinterest, my sister, or a friend.  This was the one that I started with and it was really good!

I originally found this on Pinterest, but changed it up quite a bit.  I added the garlic, added extra honey, and changed up the roasting directions a little.  It was really good served up with the roasted smashed potatoes shown in the picture.

One thing I did wrong that I will change next time (and tried to reflect that as I wrote the recipe) is to cook it a little less time.  I did mine about 45 minutes and it was a little on the dry side (though my family didn’t seem to notice). I have a thing about not eating underdone meat, though the rules about pork have changed from what they used to be.  The standard used to always say 160 degrees internal temperature, but with safer pork products, I read that 145 degrees is perfectly acceptable.  Judge for yourself if you make this.  Just keep a close eye on it and don’t overcook to the point of being dry.  But if you do a little too long like I did, it may be that no one notices with that amazing honey butter poured over the top.  So good!

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Ingredients:

  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 4 pound pork tenderloin, with some extra fat trimmed off
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Water if needed

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In an ovenproof pot, heat 4 tablespoons of butter and the oil over medium heat, until the butter is melted and hot.
  • Sprinkle pork tenderloin with Cajun seasoning, black pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Brown each side of the pork for 5 minutes.
  • Place pot in oven and roast it covered for 15 minutes.
  • In small bowl, combine honey and remaining butter and microwave this for about 30 seconds.
  • After the pork has roasted the first 15 minutes, pour honey butter mixture on top and roast another 15 minutes, uncovered.
  • All roasting times are approximate, depending on the size of your pork loin.  Internal temperature should be between 145-160 degrees.  If you overcook, the pork will become dry.
  • Transfer the pork to a plate covered with foil to rest.  Simmer pan drippings until it has reduced to about 1/2 cup.  If it seems too thick, add a little water.
  • Slice pork and drizzle sauce over top to serve.

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