Carolina Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels Recipe

I made these delicious Carolina Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels for a dinner party that I hosted.  This recipe was so easy to make and very delicious!
These pinwheels were developed in the kitchens at Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q as a part of a campaign for the National Pork Board.  Recipe was featured on the Epicurious web site.
two Carolina Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels on a blue plate

Please check out my Carolina Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels dinner menu which includes this wonderful Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels.

More great Pork Recipes.

Carolina Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels Recipe:
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
50 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: Carolina Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels Recipe
Servings: 4 servings
Carolina Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels:
  • 1 (2-pound) pork tenderloin roast
  • 8 thin slices of bacon
  • 1 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely ground
Carolina Mustard Sauce:
  • 3/4 cup prepared yellow mustard
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon Worcesterchire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Carolina Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels Instructions:
  1. Prepare Carolina Sauce; set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  2. SilverskinTrim the tenderloin of fat and silverskin.  Note:  Silverskin is a silvery-white connective tissue.  It does not dissolve when the tenderloin is cooked, so it needs to be trimmed away.  If the silverskin is not trimmed off, it will cause the tenderloin to curl up into the shape of a quarter moon.  Pat the roast dry with paper towels.

  3. Cut pork tenderloin lengthwise into eight 1/4-inch slices (slices should be just a little larger than the shape of the bacon - trim if necessary).  Note: If you partially freeze the uncooked pork tenderloin, it is easier to cut into slices.

  4. Place a slice of bacon on top of each pork slice.  Starting at one end, roll up pork/bacon into a spiral; secure with 2 to 3 wooden toothpicks.  Brush the prepared Carolina Sauce over each of the pinwheels; reserving remaining sauce.

  5. In a pie plate, combine pecans, salt, and pepper.  Roll each pinwheel in the pecan mixture to coat.

  6. Place pinwheels onto a rack in a shallow baking pan.  Bake, uncovered, approximately 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of the roast registers 155 degrees F.

  7. Remove from oven and transfer onto a cutting board; let pinwheels stand 10 to 15 minutes before serving (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven).  Transfer onto a serving platter and drizzle with Carolina Sauce over the pinwheels.

  8. Makes 4 servings of 2 pinwheel each.


Carolina Mustard Sauce Instructions:
  1. In a small bowl, combine mustard, honey, cider vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and pepper sauce.

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