This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
This holiday season, we’re switching things up a bit by skipping the traditional meat selections. A few weeks ago I shared this ribs recipe that’s a perfect alternative for the holidays. Today, I’m sharing a cranberry pork loin that’s a good option as well. Plus, with this savory recipe you’ll still get all of the traditional holiday flavors.
I remember the first time that I ever had pork loin. It was a few years ago at a hotel that we had been staying at on one of our family trips. It was so delicious and I was obsessed with the way the pork soaked up all of the flavors of the marinade. When coming up with this recipe, I wanted the same thing to happen. Since we’re doing something different and going with pork as our main dish, I wanted to make sure to use traditional holiday flavors like cranberry.
Since the bacon and cranberries add so much flavor, I kept the seasoning simple with a brown sugar and cajun seasoning mix. If you want the flavor to really soak in, let the meat marinate overnight before wrapping it in bacon.
Cranberry Pork Loin Recipe
- 1 1/2 pound pork loin
- 2 tbsp cajun seasoning
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar
- Cranberry sauce
- Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees F/200 degrees C.
- Mix together the cajun seasoning and brown sugar.
- Rub the pork loin with mixture.
- Wrap the pork loin with bacon.
- Brown the pork loin on all sides in an oven safe skillet.
- Once the pork loin is browned, transfer the skillet to the oven for about 10-15 minutes.
- Remove and let cool.
- Serve and enjoy!
Since the cranberry sauce is an acquired taste, you can choose to leave it on the side and add it on later. If you’re a lover of cranberries, brush it onto the pork loin a few minutes before removing it from the oven for a perfect glaze.
For this recipe, I used homemade cranberry sauce that I whipped up with fresh cranberries and sugar but you can always use a canned sauce if you’re in a hurry.
Will you try this cranberry pork loin recipe for the holidays?