As I have mentioned before we grill a lot around here. If it were up to me we would grill every meal in the summer, but I will settle for several in a week.
For Friends and Family
When The Hubby and I entertain the grill is normally on and many times you can find pork being grilled, (like this teriyaki version). Pork is perfect for grilling, it is quick and very versatile. It is always so fun to get everyone around the grill while enjoying a drink (or two) while enjoying the wonderful aroma only a grill can give.
The Hubby and I also enjoy grilling for just the two of us. Like I said before I could use the grill for every meal in the summer.
Traditional or not?
This time I went with a very traditional option…BBQ Pork Tenderloin. Yes, you read that right I said traditional. My family did not believe me when I told them, they always say I make everything untraditional. The spice combo is simple, and then it I topped it with my favorite BBQ sauce, and before you know it is done.
For all my untraditional friends (my soul sisters) you could use a peach BBQ sauce, or a soy based BBQ sauce. Feel free to think outside the box…have fun with it!!
It’s all about the prep…
When grilling make sure that you take your meat out of the refrigerator at least 20-30 minutes before grilling. It is important to let the meat start coming to room temperature, this will help ensure more even cooking, especially in a larger piece of meat like a tenderloin.
I like to season once the meat has been setting out for about 5 minutes. Why you ask? I don’t have a scientific answer, it is just what I do and it always turns out well, so why change it.
For this seasoning combo I went pretty simple. I used the basics with a little surprise of the cumin. I just love ground cumin on almost any BBQ meat, but especially pork. It adds a bit of smoke and earthiness that compliments the BBQ smoke so well. If you are not a fan of cumin, no worries, just leave it out.
Get to grilling
When the meat is prepped it is time to grill! The Hubby will rub some vegetable oil onto the grates once it has reached the desired temp and then throw on the meat (ok maybe place it on there nicely).
The Hubby’s must have grilling tool is his thermometer (you can find it here) he always knows when the meat has reached the desired temp. Cook pork to 145 degrees and then let it rests, the internal temp will rise to 150-155 degrees, which is perfect for pork. Check the temperature before serving, undercooked pork can be BAD for you!
It’s go time…
Serve it up
I served slow cooker potatoes and some roasted broccoli. If serving as a sandwich make up a batch of your favorite potato salad, or some baked beans. The great thing about pork tenderloin is how versatile it is.
I used my left over pork for a quick salad. I can’t promise you will have any leftovers, it is so good you may eat it all up at dinner.
Hope this will be on your menu this week…let me know how you loved it!