**This recipe is sponsored by Steviva Brand sweeteners. I am participating in their 2017 Blogger Recipe Challenge and each blogger that entered received a box of four of their sweeteners at no cost to us.
Sweet Rosemary Glazed Pork
One of my favorite proteins to work with is a pork loin roast. It is an affordable cut of meat that works well on our budget. Not only is it inexpensive, but it is full of flavor and easily prepared. I typically pick up a two or three of these loin roasts when I find them on sale. Stocking up the freezer on sale weeks makes it easier to save money on those weeks when the sales are less attractive.
My husband and son are particularly fond of pork so we eat it often and finding new ways to prepare it is a must for this girl. Unlike the men in my house, I don’t enjoy eating the same recipes over and over. I am a girl who likes her variety and lots of it! So I am always looking for ways to cook this pork for my family and still keep myself from getting burned out on it.
Bacon Makes Everything Better
So as if the pork loin roast was not enough, I decided what better way to jazz up a roast than to add bacon! After all, I don’t know about you but we love bacon and believe it can make anything taste amazing. In fact, I would be willing to wager that it could even make cardboard more appetizing, but I can’t say that I am willing to find out so let’s just say it’s true and get back to this yummy recipe!
The bacon plays a few different roles here in this recipe. One, it keeps this pork loin roast moist and juicy. The pork loin roast gets dry if overcooked so the bacon is a welcome safety net! I also highly recommend using a meat thermometer when cooking this roast and other meats. They are great tools in keeping meats moist and delicious.
The second role of the bacon is in the beauty of this dish. Trust me, when you wrap bacon around this roast and glaze it, the bacon “blanket” becomes this amazing caramelized thing of beauty. I mean, just look at all that brown roasted goodness. You guys know the saying from Chef Anne Burrell right, “brown food tastes good”?
Well, that is certainly the case here. Brown crispy bacon wrapped around beautifully tender and juicy piece of heaven. Oh, be still my beating heart! When you pull it out of the oven get ready to wow your family or guest because nobody can resist this roasted goodness.
Glazing the Pork
For this simple glaze, I chose to work with the Nectevia sweetener that was in my box of samples sent to me by Steviva Brand Sweeteners. I am currently participating their 2017 Blogger’s Recipe Challenge and I am entering recipes into two of their categories with this Sweet Glazed Pork as my entrée entry.
Steviva Brands offers low carb sugar alternatives including a stevia and erythritol blend called Steviva, a monk fruit extract and stevia blend called MonkSweet as well as this Nectevia sweetener that I use in this Sweet Glazed Pork. Nectevia is natural Stevia extract and agave nectar.
It has a similar taste to honey and has a consistency much like a syrup, only a little thinner. This sweetener does have more carbs than I typically use in my sweeteners but it is a great alternative to most glazes so we enjoyed it. If you follow THM, this would be considered a personal choice sweetener, I believe, and one I recommend using only on special occasion, but man is it tasty!
Besides, the two tablespoons used in this recipes only has 12 net carbs between the 8 servings. That is only an added 1.5 net carbs per serving, which I can totally deal with. So if you are looking for a better alternative to higher carb glazes like honey (which would add 32 net carbs, yikes) this holiday season then I would suggest taking a closer look at this Steviva Brand Sweetener.
You can check out Steviva Brands on their website and Social Media Pages Below. Also, don’t forget to check out my dessert entry for the contest. It is a Pecan Pumpkin Ice Cream using their MonkSweet. It is THM compliant and it really tastes amazing. So cheer me on in the contest and check out Stevia Brands and see if their sugar alternatives will work for you too!
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