This Is The Difference Between A Pork Loin And A Pork Tenderloin

These two meat cuts are different.

Shopping for meat at the supermarket can be intimidating. One of the great things about butchers at the store is that they are quite knowledgeable about the cuts they prepare. When you need help, you can consult them for the cut that's perfect for your dish.

Do you get confused about which cut is the tenderloin and which is the loin? While both cuts are two of the leanest cuts of meat, you can't confuse these two cuts because these are actually different cuts from different parts of the pig. Here's what you should know.  

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The pork loin is a wider and flatter meat cut than the tenderloin. It is found on the back of the animal. The loin is commonly a boneless cut of meat, and you will frequently see this whole for roasting or sliced into loin chops. This is the same cut that you will see butterflied when sliced into pork loin chops. Those who like roasting will love this cut as it's a very meaty and tender cut. You can try any of these recipes using this cut: 

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Herb-Crusted Pork Loin with Tomato Sauce

Take advantage of the flavors that complement the pork with this herby rub and the tangy sauce that's an upgrade to the usual ketchup that you normally serve with pork chops.  

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Roast Pork Loin Recipe

If crispy pork crackling is the kind of pork you love, this pork cut is just as delicious as the pork belly or other cuts. This festive roast should satisfy many cravings! 

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Meanwhile, the pork tenderloin is a long, narrow, and boneless cut of meat. This is the most tender cut on the pig. It comes from a muscle that runs along the backbone and is rarely used which is the reason why it's so tender. This cut is the most expensive cut, too, but it yields a cut that stays tender after cooking when other cuts would have toughened. This is fantastic for new cooks and for quick-cooking recipes.

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Here are tenderloin recipes to try: 

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Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This grilled tenderloin recipe is made super flavorful by the dry rub that coats the meat. Give it a good rub then grill quickly until just cooked through.  

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Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Since the tenderloin is so meaty, it's easy to make it more appetizing with other flavorful ingredients. This is rolled and stuffed into the pork for a tasty meal. 

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Either cut of pork is delicious so it's really about what you are going to the pork that will determine which of the two cuts you should use. 

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