Prep 15 mins
Cook 5 hrs
- Mix garlic, salt, pepper & thyme in small bowl.
- Rub mixture over tenderloin and wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
- Heat olive oil over med. high heat. and brown pork on all sides, approximately 7 minute total.
- Remove pork and place in a 9x13x2 pan.
- Add enough water to come up to bottom edge of pork (about a half inch). I rinse my frying pan and scrape blackened bits for water.
- Cover with foil and bake at 350 for approximately 45 to 50 minutes.
- Boil the drippings and add a little cornstarch mixed with water to it for gravy. Season with salt & pepper. Good with mashed potatoes.
This has become my family's most requested meal. They cannot get enough of it. Plus it's unbelievably easy to make. I did experiment with the time to marinate and found 24 hours is by far the best. It just melts in your mouth. The shortest time I marinated was 1/2 hour and it was still amazing.
First of all, I used a 4 pound pork tenderloin, instead of 1 pound. It took 1 hour to bake, so not much longer and was 170 degrees inside. Next, I didn't have the time to marinade overnight, so I used garlic powder and marinaded for about 20 minutes. It turned out wonderful. Probably the best pork we have had. It was tender, moist and flavorful. I also substituted black pepper for white pepper.
I'm not much of a Thanksgiving turkey eater, so this was our Thanksgiving meal! Everyone enjoyed it very much and were very impressed! I bought a 2 pound Tenderloin, so i put it in for about 5 minutes longer than said.. there was no need for that, and next time I'll check on it earlier than I did this time because I'm sure it could have been more moist than it was. But in the end, the only one that really criticized it was me! It was indeed a successful substitute and I will make it again!