Looking to do something different with a pork loin or pork tenderloin? Try these pork loin rib recipes. Each recipe has a Southern flair with signature flavorings -- think bourbon, bacon and peaches -- that are unforgettable.
Pork is such a versatile meat and can take on a variety of amazing seasonings. Most of us stick to ribs or chops, but a pork loin rib or pork tenderloin is a great way to create something new for dinner.
More About Choosing and Cooking Pork
There are a variety of cuts of meat when it comes to picking pork. What is the difference between a pork loin and a pork tenderloin? Not much. In general, the tenderloin is more tender than the loin. The tenderloin is thin, more narrow cut, while the pork loin is a wider cut. It is best to cook pork tenderloin over fairly high heat, while pork loin is better for slow-roasting or grilling.
Pork loin goes by several names, which can make it confusing when you're shopping for the right cut. Other names for these are center cut pork roast, pork center loin roast, pork center cut rib roast, and pork loin rib half...among others. Pork tenderloin is also known as pork tender or pork filet.
Both cuts are fairly lean but they should not be substituted for each other. Pork loin is sold with the bone in it and is also sold boneless. The tenderloin only comes boneless.
Plenty of Pork Loin Recipes
Now that you know the difference between pork tenderloin and pork loin, you may want to start preparing your next dinner. Here are a few pork loin rib recipes to try -- each with a bit of a Southern flair:
- Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin with Marmalade Brown Sugar Glaze: Add bacon to pork -- and it's perfection.
- Barbecued Pork Loin: Traditional BBQ marries a pork loin.
- Bourbon and Cola Glazed Pork Tenderloin: These two drinks combine into a tasty tenderloin.
- Cajun Roast Pork Loin: Cajun seasonings take center stage with this loin.
- Honey-Bourbon Glazed Pork Loin: Another pork loin recipe that incorporates sweet honey and traditional bourbon.
- Mustard and Garlic Crusted Pork Tenderloin: Mustard and garlic accentuate the pork tenderloin.
- Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin: This tenderloin adds a pecan crust for a Southern specialty.
- Pork Tenderloin with Maple Glaze: A maple glaze tops off this tenderloin recipe for something truly sweet.
- Pork Tenderloin with Peach Jalapeno Glaze: Add peaches and jalapeno for a truly unique Southern pork tenderloin.
- Pork Tenderloin with Peach Sauce: If you're into peaches, this tenderloin gives you plenty of reasons to start picking them.
- Roast Pork Loin with Sweet Potatoes: Sweet potatoes combine flawlessly with this roast pork loin.