7.10.2013

Pork Tenderloins with Balsamic Strawberries



Delicious pork tenderloin wrapped with bacon, grilled for 30 minutes, then sliced and served with a sweet-fruity sauce to drizzle on top, is one way to cook up a grill without any fuss.

Juicy, tender pork tenderloin grilled to perfection, and served with a sweet sauce made with strawberries and balsamic vinegar; when blended together, creates a marriage of amazing flavors that we fell in love with.

My husband loves to wrap meats with bacon or prosciutto di parma. It gives the meat a crispy crust, along with that fine-welcoming smoky flavor that we love the most. That's the flavors of this pork tenderloin!

During the summer months, we mostly spend time outdoors cooking and entertaining with family and friends. It happens to be one of our greatest pleasures during this time. These are the special moments that inspire us to cook, grill and prepare dishes even on the hottest days.


Personally, I am not a huge fan of pork; however, I have to tell you - this was amazing! The recipe was inspired by our friends Cookie and Chris who invited us for a BBQ at their beautiful beach home on Seabrook Island. A magnificent Island to see! However, we forgot to bring the camera to take photos of this beautiful place, but we're going back soon.

In the meantime, happy grilling!


Pork Tenderloins with Balsamic Strawberries 
  • 1 (3-lb.) package pork tenderloins
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 10 bacon slices
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/3 cup strawberry preserves
  • 1/2 cup quartered fresh strawberries
Preheat grill on high heat, about 400 to 500 degrees.
Sprinkle pork with pepper and 1 tsp. salt; wrap 5 bacon slices around each tenderloin, and secure with wooden picks.


Turn off one side of grill. Arrange pork over unlit side, and grill, covered with grill lid, 25 to 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, mince 2 garlic cloves; sauté in olive oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat 2 to 3 minutes or until golden.  Add vinegar; bring to a boil over medium-high heat.  Boil 5 minutes. Remove from heat, and stir in preserves.  Reserve half of mixture for basting.  Stir fresh strawberries into remaining mixture.

Transfer pork to lit side. Baste pork with reserved strawberry mixture. Grill 5 more minutes over lit side, turning once. Remove pork from grill. Slice tenderloin, and serve with  balsamic strawberry mixture.

Serves 5 to 6

Here's a tip: for leftovers!
There's nothing better than a warm meaty panini made with leftovers from the night before. A quick and easy sandwich, the men in your life will go bonkers for!

Leftover pork tenderloin thinly sliced and placed onto a artisan bread with a spread of pesto sauce, red bell peppers and some cheese, then grilled in a panini press until the cheese has melted is mouthwatering!

Pork Pesto Panini.

Cut reserved pork from Pork Tenderloins into 16 to 18 thin slices.
Drain 1 (7-oz.) jar roasted red bell peppers; cut peppers into 6 pieces.
Spread 2 teaspoons of pesto sauce on each of 6 artisan bread slices.
Top each with 3 pork slices, 1 red pepper piece, 1 slice of Havarti cheese, and 1 bread slice on top. Cook in a preheated panini press 2 to 3 minutes or until golden.

Makes 6 servings

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8 comments:

  1. Pork and fruit pair so perfectly together! These balsamic strawberries are such a lovely pairing!

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    1. Thanks Joanne! good luck this weekend!

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  2. I love port tenderloin and combining it with strawberries is such a great idea. Of course you had to throw bacon on there as well which only makes it better :) Great idea on the panini sandwich as well! xoxo, Jackie

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    1. Hey Jackie! Thanks it was so good and the leftovers were fantastic too!

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  3. the pork looks so tender and I LOVE the idea of the strawberries and balsamic!
    Mary x

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    1. Thanks Mary, it was the first time we made this posrk tenderloin and the flavors were so amazing that we will be making it often.

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  4. This looks amazing! I love pork tenderloin, but have never thought to put balsamic strawberries with it. I'll definitely be giving this one a go soon - thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Hi Jade! Thank you It is so delicious with the balsamic strawberries, let us know how it turns out for you!

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