Mesquite Pork Tenderloin with Pears, Cranberries & Onions

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Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield® Marinated Pork. The opinions and text are all mine.

If it weren’t for delicious fall flavours and all things Halloween, I couldn’t deal with fall. While the leaves are pretty, I just think of the fact that I am going to have to rake for a couple of months, before transitioning to shovelling snow for SIX months. However, fall is when I am my most productive, cozy-in-the-house self and it leads to delicious inventions such as this Mesquite Pork Tenderloin with Pears, Cranberries & Onions – or as I like to call it, the Perfect Pork Tenderloin for fall.

The perfect fall pork recipe, this mesquite marinated pork loin is served with caramelized onions, pears, and cranberries and basted with fresh apple cider for a meal that celebrates the best fall flavors

Under the broiler, the pears and onions caramelize and become soft, while the cranberries retain just the right amount of their tartness providing a delicious contrast in flavours.

But the real hero here is the Smithfield Marinated Slow Smoked Mesquite Pork Tenderloin. Perfectly cooked, it will be juicy and flavourful without being at all tough – you’ll be able to cut through it with a butter knife.

This recipe can be prepped, cooked and on the table in 30 minutes or less – making it a low-key option for entertaining or an easy way to provide the family with an old-fashioned Sunday supper on any night of the week. I love being able to provide my family with a delicious and hearty meal that is bursting with fresh fall flavours, no matter what kind of busy work day I have had.

How to Make the Perfect Fall Pork Tenderloin

First, gather your ingredients:

  • 1 package Smithfield Marinated Slow Smoked Mesquite Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 pears
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2-1 cup apple cider
  • Basil, sage, and/or thyme leaves (whatever you have on hand)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F and find a casserole dish that will fit the length of your pork tenderloin.     

The awesome thing about the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is that it is already seasoned and ready to cook. You don’t have to do any tenderizing, marinating, or trimming – just put it straight into your casserole dish. It really lives up to its claim of “Real Flavor, Real Fast.”

Quarter the pears and onion and add them along the sides of the pork tenderloin. They will add a bit of flavour, but more importantly they will absorb flavour themselves and become slightly caramelized in the baking process. If you’ve never had a braised onion, you are in for a treat!

Sprinkle the cranberries over top of the pork tenderloin and vegetables. Add the apple cider to the bottom of the dish, and then carefully place the casserole dish into the oven.

Bake for 20 minutes per pound, basting with the apple cider occasionally, until an internal temperature of 165F is reached.

Print your free copy of our Perfect Fall Pork Tenderloin here:

Mesquite Pork Tenderloin with Pears, Cranberries & Onions

Mesquite Pork Tenderloin with Pears, Cranberries & Onions

Ingredients

  • 1 package Smithfield ...
  • 2 pears
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1/2-1 cup apple cider
  • Basil, sage, and/or thyme leaves (whatever you have on hand)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 and find a casserole dish that will fit the length of your pork tenderloin.
  2. Place the pork tenderloin in your casserole dish.
  3. Quarter the pears and onion and add them along the sides of the pork tenderloin. They will add a bit of flavour, but more importantly they will absorb flavour themselves and become slightly caramelized in the baking process. If you've never had a braised onion, you are in for a treat!
  4. Sprinkle the cranberries over top of the pork tenderloin and vegetables. Add the apple cider to the bottom of the dish, and then carefully place the casserole dish into the oven.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes per pound, until an internal temperature of 165F is reached.

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We purchased our Smithfield Marinated Slow Smoked Mesquite Pork Tenderloin and all of the other ingredients used for this recipe at Kroger.

Check out more delicious recipes using Smithfield pork here.  #RealFlavorRealFast @SmithfieldBrand

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For more delicious pork recipes, check out our Peach Glazed Pork Chop recipe or our Shrimp & Sausage Gumbo recipe.

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