Showing posts with label bourbon pork. Show all posts
Showing posts with label bourbon pork. Show all posts

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Grilled Bourbon Tenderloin

They would kick me off The Next Food Network Star for what I'm about to suggest. Is anyone else a fan of the show? I think it was last season that they were so upset with a woman for suggesting that a meat marinade could be cooked and served as a sauce. Horrors! I understand that we don't want anyone to get sick, but I made this dish and cooked the marinade as a sauce two days ago -- and I'm still alive. Shh. Don't anyone tell them over at Food Network. Okay?

Seriously, if you're concerned about the sauce having touched raw meat, set aside part of the marinade before you add the meat and cook that portion as the sauce.

In The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, one of Sophie Winston's favorite meats is pork tenderloin. It's so versatile and is great with all sorts of fruits and sauces. Now that it's finally grilling season here, I thought of Dave and hauled out the bourbon. Bourbon isn't my drink of choice, nor is it a favorite of my guest who shared this meal, but we both like the flavor that it imparts. So, if you're not a fan of straight bourbon, don't let that deter you. It mixes nicely with the other flavors in this marinade.

When you buy the pork tenderloin, don't mistakenly buy a large piece of meat. It should be about 2 inches in diameter and somewhere around 10 inches in length. It often comes packaged in a sealed plastic sleeve. Read the label. I'm sorry to say that many companies add preservatives to it. Look for one that says "no preservatives."

While it's not an absolute necessity (the old cut and peek method still works, after all), I used my handy-dandy Thermapen to check the temperature. These little beauties are expensive, but when I add up the number of $11 to $30 meat thermometers I've bought and thrown out after a year, it's worth the expense. It also makes a very nice gift for a special cook in your life!

Grilled Bourbon Tenderloin

2 or 3 pork tenderloins
1/2 cup Bourbon
1/2 cup tamari or soy sauce
1/2 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup apple vinegar
1/4 cup olive oil
1 generous tablespoon chopped dried rosemary
3-4 cloves garlic, chopped

Combine the ingredients and place the meat in the liquid to marinate for at least two hours. Turn after one hour to be sure both sides are marinated.

Remove the meat and place on a moderately hot grill. CLOSE the cover. Cook approximately 18 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers 155 degrees. When you remove the meat from the grill, let stand for at least five minutes before slicing.

CAUTION: Do not overcook! The meat should be soft. If you overcook it, it will become dry and tough.

While the meat is cooking, place the remaining marinade in a pot, bring to a boil, then simmer at least 10 minutes, or until the meat is ready. Slice the meat into half-inch rounds and spoon the sauce over the meat to serve.

One tenderloin provides about three servings.


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Lip-Smacking Barbeque

RileyAdamsFoodBlogPostpic_thumb First of all, I’d like to announce this week’s winner of our $25 gift card for Williams-Sonoma kitchenware and gourmet food store. This week’s winner is Kaye Barley from North Carolina! Kaye, thanks for coming by the Mystery Lovers’ Kitchen and commenting on our posts. More information on how to enter this week's drawing is at the end of this post...

Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about barbeque. Of course, this is only natural because I’m writing the Memphis Barbeque series. I’ve learned a lot about different barbeque sauces (vinegar-based, mustard-based, and tomato-based.) Memphis uses a dry rub on their pork and a tomato-based sauce.

There’s a lot of cooking time involved in making barbeque, but the end result is worth it.

097 Dry Rub for the Pork:
  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 (5 to 7 pound) pork roast, preferably shoulder or Boston butt
Mix all the ingredients (except the pork) in a bowl and rub the mixture on the pork. Refrigerate for an hour or overnight.
Preheat the oven to 300 F. Roast the pork in a roasting pan for 6 hours (until it’s 170 degrees F), or until it falls apart.
When the pork is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes. While it’s still warm, pull the pork with a fork. Serve on hamburger buns with sauce.

And now for the sauce:
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 1/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup unsulfured molasses
  • 4 teaspoons hickory-flavored liquid smoke
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

  1. Over medium heat, mix the ingredients in a large saucepan until it bubbles.
  2. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for up to 20 minutes.
Hope everyone enjoys the barbeque!
Riley/Elizabeth Pretty is as Pretty Dies—August 2009
Memphis Barbeque Series—Book 1 in May 2010
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