I'm not sure about you, but sometimes it is good to be different. I know it's easy to go the market and pick up a package of dogs or some premade burgers, but the truth is it is just as easy to pick up an unadorned pork tenderloin and stick it in a marinade and grill something that surprises everyone! I love the bbq chickens and the ribs, but I also love great Mexican food and grilled meat is a Mexican specialty. It isn't always about tortillas, though this dish could easily be wrapped in one, but this grilled pork is all about the other white meat!
The weekend is upon us and I can already smell the grills smokin'! In my case I was filling it with the savory scent of this grilled Mexican pork tenderloin. Manservant will be sorry he missed it! This super easy to prepare tenderloin is tangy and spicy and perfect for weekend food. I've been munching on it in tacos, over quesadillas and even on salad greens.
Of course I've also been topping it with avocado cream and pickled onions. My grilled salsa tastes superb with this and some elote corn helps round things out. It would be perfect on a rice bowl with lots of cilantro, sour cream and some black beans. Truth be told, I think I've found a new favorite. I keep finding myself heading to the fridge and opening up the zip lock bag and taking a few slices out. It could be worse. I could be taking out chocolate or potato chips or heaven forbid ...cookies. No, much better to munch on this than that!
I'm not going to bore you with details, except to supply you with this recipe. My yard is calling, the dogs want to go out and hopefully the rain is gone. Just want to make sure you have this for the weekend. It is easy and deliciously hearty and perfect for the 4th! Serve this with some avocado cream or guacamole, corn tortillas and some salsa. Of course you could add some grilled cabbage and pickled onions, too! This will surely set off some fireworks! Have a great weekend!
Grilled Mexican Pork (Oaxaca Style)
Time To Make : About 20 minutes, 4-24 hours to marinate, 6-10 minutes to grill
From: The BBQ Bible
1/4 c pure chile powder (I used ancho and guajillo)
1/2 c white vinegar
4 cloves garlic
1 t salt
1 t freshly ground black pepper
1 t dried oregano
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ground cloves
1 1/2 lbs boneless pork tenderloin
Combine everything, except the pork, in a blender or use an immersion blender to process this to a smooth wet paste. Cut the pork loin into 4 broad, thin sheets, about 1/4" thick. I'm not sure I got mine that thin! Pound to even out the thick pieces! Spread each piece of pork with the seasoning mixture and stack in a non reactive dish, or in my case a big zip lock bag. Marinate as long as you want, but a minimum of 6 hours in the refrigerator.
Preheat grill to high and while grill is preheating bring pork to room temperature. Oil the grill grate and grill, turning with tongs, until nicely browned and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Pork can be served a bit pink in the middle. Do not overcook! Serve with condiments and enjoy!
Don't forget these!
Pickled Grilled Red Onions
Baja Grilled Tomato Salsa
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