Maple Glazed Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin
2 pork tenderloins, about 12 oz. each, trimmed ( or alternatively one larger tenderloin)
Coarsely ground black pepper
6-8 medium thick slices bacon
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
Sprinkle tenderloins with salt and pepper. Place in a bowl or shallow dish. Cover, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile soak toothpicks in water and prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium-high, indirect grilling (variation: soak some applewood chips to add just before cooking)
Wrap bacon slices around pork, securing with toothpicks. Place on grill and brown for a few minutes, covered. Baste with some maple syrup and continue to grill for about 20-25 minutes, turning and basting occasionally with the maple syrup.
The pork should be done in 20-25 minutes total, or until the internal temperature reaches about 150° and the bacon is uniformly crispy.
Remove from grill and let sit at room temperature for about 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with accumulated juices!