Any good brine recipes for pork tenderloin?

I need a good, simple brine recipe for pork tenderloin. Also, what's a good way to cook it after the brine.

  • Posted by: TFlanz
  • January 11, 2015


AntoniaJames January 12, 2015
Not a brine, per se, but one excellent tenderloin mentioned elsewhere - The key is not to overcook it. A meat thermometer is essential here. This roast makes great Cubans, too! ;o)
keg72 January 12, 2015
I've used a "brine" of buttermilk to good effect when I've had buttermilk to use up. It does a great job of tenderizing the meat. I'll just stick pork chops or a tenderloin (or chicken, for that matter) in a Ziploc bag with a few cups of buttermilk (to coat and mostly submerge the meat) and then add either some smashed garlic cloves or garlic powder and either some fresh herbs (I don't even bother chopping them, although I will at least bruise them so that they release more flavor) or just dried paprika or dried mustard and some onion powder if I don't have any fresh herbs lying around.
Pegeen January 12, 2015
Sounds good!
Pegeen January 11, 2015
With this...

Todd Coleman's genius potato gratin

Molly Wizenberg's cream-braised cabbage (if you're not doing the Calvados & cream pork)

or any sauteed cabbage

And this...
Pegeen January 11, 2015
Oops... delete the last "and this"
Pegeen January 11, 2015
Hope this wasn't for dinner tonight! :-) I like both of these a lot - very cozy winter dishes.

Honey mustard pork tenderloin

Cider-brined pork with calvados, mustar and thyme
Chef L. January 11, 2015
8 cups water, 1/2 cup each sugar, kosher salt & black peppercorns.
cookinginvictoria January 11, 2015
I use this brine for pork chops, but I think that it would work well for pork tenderloin too.
Pegeen January 11, 2015
Do you want to lean more toward Asian (soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, etc.) or more classic (olive oil, herbs, garlic, etc.)? Have you had a chance to think about your side dishes?
TFlanz January 11, 2015
I'm going more towards classic, and no I haven't had a chance to think about sides
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