Collection of Pork Loin and Tenderloin Recipes

Sweet and Sour Pork
Diana Rattray

Looking to do something different with a pork loin or pork tenderloin? Try these pork loin 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 fillet.

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 recipes to try, each with a bit of a Southern flair: