The secret to a delicious pork tenderloin is bathing it in the perfect marinade to ensure the meat comes out tender and juicy as well as flavorful and delicious. Marinades are usually very easy to prepare and often only require a few simple ingredients — although your individual flavor preferences get the final say on that.
To make a sweet and zesty honey-garlic marinade, for example, you simply stir honey, Dijon and whole-grain mustard, garlic, rosemary, red pepper flakes and a pinch of salt and pepper into some olive oil. The marinade adds a light sweetness to your meat that is perfect for a summer meal. When the fall and winter months roll around, you can substitute maple syrup or brown sugar for a heartier dose of sweet flavor.
If you prefer a savory, tangy marinade, a balsamic rosemary combination may be just what you need. To quickly prepare this marinade, you simply whisk together balsamic vinegar, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh rosemary, honey Dijon mustard and garlic powder. This marinade recipe and many others recommend a marinating period of at least 30 minutes in a sealed container or freezer bag, but the longer you marinate the meat, the better. If possible, try to marinate for at least two hours and as long as 24 hours.