Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Grilled BBQ Pork Tenderloin

It's that time of year - GRILLING SEASON.

I love grilling for two reasons: 1 - everything tastes better on the grill,  2 - it get's hubby involved in the dinner process.  I get to hand over the tongs and spatula for the main course.  I've been looking into sides that I can grill so I can get hubby doing ALL of it (well except prep work, of course).

Here is a really great recipe I adjusted a bit from Publix Aprons simple meals.

Here's what you need :
        1 pork tenderloin (I used a 2 1/2 lb)
        2 tbsp brown sugar
        1 tbsp onion powder
        1/2 tsp kosher salt
        1/4 tsp pepper
        1/2 tsp turmeric
        1 tsp ground cumin
        1/2 tsp nutmeg
        1/2 cup BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's)
        1 tbsp olive oil

Preheat grill to medium-high heat (if using gas grill).  For charcoal grills,  you want the temperature around 350 degrees.

Combine the brown sugar, onion powder, turmeric, cumin, and nutmeg.  Rub the pork with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then coat with the spice mixture (use as much or little as you like).

Place pork on grill; grill 2-3 minutes on each side.

Reduce heat to medium (or move pork to coolest part of grill if using charcoal); place pork in foil,  use 1/4 cup of the BBQ sauce and pour over the pork,  cover and grill for 15 minutes.
We left one open and on the non lit side to get smoked.

Remove the pork from the foil and place back on grill, using the rest of the BBQ sauce, grill an additional 2-3 minutes each side while brushing the pork with BBQ sauce. *Times vary depending on grill type and temperature.  The pork is done when it's temperature is 160 degrees (for medium).
Delicious!!  This is by far the best pork tenderloin I have had.  Like everything else fixed on the grill, you don't want to leave it too long and make it tough and dry though.  

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