Bacon-Wrapped Pork Loin
Makes 6 to 8 servings
  • 1 (4-pound) boneless pork loin
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 cups collard greens, stemmed
  • 2 cups cubed cornbread
  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion
  • ⅓ cup chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 8 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 head garlic
  • ⅓ cup apple cider
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary
  1. Place pork loin lengthwise on a work surface. With your knife about ¾ inch above bottom of pork, slice lengthwise, keeping your blade parallel to surface, cutting to but not through the other side. Unfold pork loin. Working with the larger half, continue slicing pork loin, unrolling as you go, until pork loin is flat. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  2. In a medium bowl, toss together collards, cornbread, onion, broth, vinegar, red pepper, and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. Spread stuffing mixture to within ½ inch of edges of tenderloin. Starting with one long side, tightly roll up meat and filling. Wrap bacon around pork loin, and tie together at 1-inch intervals with kitchen twine.
  3. In a 12-inch cast-iron skillet, cook pork loin over medium heat until bacon is browned on all sides. Place pork in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Cut ⅓ inch off top end of garlic. Place garlic, cider, and rosemary in slow cooker. Cook until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 165°, about 4 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Garnish with roasted garlic and rosemary, if desired.
Recipe by Taste of the South at