For someone who’s not knowledgeable about meat cuts, pork tenderloin and pork loin can bring so much confusion and disappointment. While these two cuts share a bunch of similarities, you will notice from the photos above that they too have various differences as well. Read on to learn more about these two sought-after meat cuts.
Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin: The Main Difference
If you have this idea that pork loin and pork tenderloin are the same and cut from the same part of the animal, think again, because they are not. If you will notice, pork tenderloin is small and thin, while the pork loin can be cut into steak-like pieces because of its width. However, their differences are seen the most in the way we cook them. Pork loin is best when slow roasted or grilled, while pork tenderloin is best cooked quickly in high heat. Both can be cooked using the La Caja China Cajun microwave box, by the way.
Pork Loin as Substitute to Pork Tenderloin
While it is obvious that both meat cuts are lean, their size and shape are fairly different as well as the way they should be cooked so you cannot use one instead of the other in recipes.
Know Pork Loin More
The pork loin is more commonly addressed to in meatshops as pork center loin, center cut pork loin, pork center cut rib, center cut pork, pork loin center, pork loin roast center, pork loin center rib, or pork loin rib half. It is cut from the animal’s back and is usually sold either boneless or bone-in. Bone-in pork loins normally have backbones removed or “Frenched” meaning the ribs have been trimmed of meat, usually called pork racks or crown roast of pork if the pork rack is tied into a circle. The pork loin is quite a large piece of meat, weighing anywhere from two to five pounds for each cut. If properly cooked, this lean meat is tender, best if mildly flavored and oozes with a thick cap of delectable fat on top. Using your La Caja China roasting box, pork loin is best grilled over medium heat or seared first before roasted in the oven. Overcooked pork loin is not good so be careful not to overdo it.
Know Pork Tenderloin More
The pork tenderloin is popularly known as pork tender or pork fillet and it’s basically from the muscle running alongside the animal’s backbone. Pork Tenderloin is boneless and averages around one pound each whole. Just like the pork loin, the pork tenderloin is lean and mildly flavored meat. This part is the most tender cut of pork and basically cooked best if quickly done. The pork tenderloin’s tough silverskin is trimmed off first before cooking. It works well with marinades and has to be quickly cooked either roasted, seared, grilled, or stir fried. It is best not to overcook a pork tenderloin.
Whatever cut you have there to serve your family or guest, both pork loin and pork tenderloin can be cooked using your La Caja China roasting box. It’s versatile and the best one in the market. You’ll never go wrong with us. Visit our shop or call us at 1-800-338-1323 to get more information about our roasters!