This is actually one that Jake wanted to make to bring sailing today. They typically eat sandwiches and chips, but since Jake is doing the Whole30 with me, he needed to bring something else. It was actually kind of nice seeing him excited about cooking. I typically do the grocery shopping for us, but he texted me and requested that he come along this time.

I can’t really vouch for how tasty it was, since I only had a small bite so he could bring the rest to sailing. But it was incredibly easy to make. And I’m sure you could have a ton of fun playing around with what spices you use.

Easy Pork Tenderloin

4 large garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp dried rosemary
2 tsp coarse sea salt
2 tsp black pepper
About 2 lbs of pork tenderloin

Place the oven rack in the lower 1/3 of your oven. Then preheat it to 550 degrees (F). That might be as hot as it can go but if you can’t get it that high, 500 should be OK. As it’s preheating, make a rub out of the spices and rub down your pork. We bought one of those disposable containers to cook it in, but I’m sure any roasting pan would work. 

Now this part is key. You want to cook your meat for 5 and 1/2 minutes per pound. So if it’s exactly 2 lbs, it would be 11 minutes. Just double check how much meat you have on the package. 

Once your timer goes off, DON’T open the oven. Turn the oven off, set your timer for one hour and walk away. 

That’s it. We checked the internal temperature when it came out. It should be at 145-150 degrees (F). Let it rest for about 10 minutes and then cut it into slices. 

You could eat this hot, which I’m sure would be delicious. Or you could eat it like Jake did, cold. I also made homemade Paleo BBQ sauce for him to dip it in. 

Let me know if you’ve made pork tenderloin before this way. I will probably be making it again, although I’m excited to play with the rub a bit. Could use things like thyme, garlic power or onion powder.

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