Friday, July 1, 2016

Grilled Mexican Pork (Oaxaca Style) and #CookoutWeek 2016

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
Serves 4-6
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
Avocado Cream
Grilled Cabbage
Baja Grilled Tomato Salsa
Elote Corn

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  1. Whoa, this pork sound amazing! Especially served with all your fixin's!!!

  2. Geesh you are good at colourful..this looks so good..the only thing ..s we buy pre made is Costco rotisserie chicken..and this only the last 2 years..and the smoked meat:)

  3. This looks fabulous. I must try that spicy marinade.

  4. I think I'll be adding this to me repertoire. Looks wonderful! Hope all is well. :-)

  5. This spread is gorgeous Abbe - the meat looks like it has the perfect char :) Hope you enjoyed your time outside with the pups. It is a beautiful day here in Virginia - happy 4th of July to you and yours!

  6. That platter of pork, pickled onions and guac is a sight for sore eyes. Beautiful! And I must try this recipe very soon. Happy Holiday Weekend!

  7. The other meat meat might be my favorite meat. So versatile, and takes so well to any spice/herb/seasoning you can throw at it. This looks great -- perfect for the 4th. Thanks!

  8. This looks fantastic, I could jump right into that delicious platter. And I love the sound of the marinade, a wonderful combination of spices! Happy 4th of July! :)

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  9. Oh wow! What a stunning spread, Abbe. Perfectly pickled onions and guacamole is just wow! And the thought of that spicy marinade is something which is making me drool. YUM!

  10. This sounds wonderful, Abbe. I love all the fixin's you serve it with too. Hope you had a Happy Fourth. I'll be adding this to my This Little Piggy board :)

  11. OMG, this looks incredible. Every Oaxacan style dish I have ever tried has been delicious, and this looks like no exception!

  12. A beautiful meal, Abbe! I'd prefer this to burgers on the grill any day of the week!

  13. Good call on the pork tenderloin. Your plate of fixins looks perfect. I'd love to grab a tortilla right now and make me a taco. YUM!

  14. We love Mexican food Abbe, looks like you grilled the pork perfectly!!

  15. I'm so excited about this because pork tenderloins are something we love but I usually just broil them and that's that. This is going to be so much more interesting!

  16. This looks so good! Especially those pickled onions!

  17. I love the idea of slicing the pork thin so it's quick on the grill - looks amazing!

  18. Such a fabulous entry into grilling season,Abbe! Absolutely gorgeous. I love Mexican flavors.