Speaking of lethargic--I'm still battling a nagging case of fatigue, which means that cooking/baking and blogging has taken a little bit of a break. Coming home to a house that has internal temps of 86 and up didn't perk me up, much. So, we resorted to firing up the gas grill and throwing on chicken and veggies-- and cooling off with margaritas. I know, tough, huh?
Fortunately, the high pressure system has moved on, and the temps are now in the comfortable 60's and 70's. Memorial weekend becomes the kick start for barbeques, and I'm so looking forward to spending weekends in our backyard. My husband has earned my admiration with his grilling skills.
We don't grill pork tenderloin often, though we love it. Because this cut of meat is so low in fat, it can easily dry out, if overcooked. I saw this recipe on a recorded episode of "Cook's Country" (on one of those lethargic hot nights, when I was almost comatose). The idea behind this recipe is to try and replicate the flavor of Chinese boneless style spare ribs.
I got totally sucked into this episode, because of the marinade and barbeque sauce, and I had all of the ingredients! The marinade had ingredients of soy sauce, apricot preserves, garlic, freshly minced ginger, hoison sauce, dry sherry, toasted sesame oil, Chinese Five-Spice and black pepper. A portion of the marinade is set aside, to create the sauce that will "lacquer" the pork tenderloin.
To the reserved marinade, ketchup and molasses is added, and then cooked until reduced and thickened.
I also started some sticky rice going...
Craig starts to lacquer the pork tenderloin...
The glaze looks and smells wonderful-- I can smell the garlic and ginger!
My mouth was watering with anticipation.
My husband yanked some home grown cilantro from our herb garden, which I chopped up and added to the slaw. It was time to eat.
Once the tenderloins were removed from the grill, the reserved glazed was brushed on...
The pork was covered with foil to rest for 5 minutes. Moi? I was poised and ready, and very hungry!
TASTING NOTES: There isn't a plated shot of the thin slices of pork tenderloin, mound of sticky rice and delicious cole slaw. Well, I took a couple, but I was pretty haphazard with my photography, and I didn't like the way they turned out. Trust me-- this dinner was a total success. First, let's talk about the pork. This didn't exactly taste like the Chinese spare ribs I've had in China Town, San Francisco. But, that's minor. The Asian flavors all worked, and I absolutely loved the sauce! The pork tenderloin was tender, with just a little bit of pink in the middle, bordering almost well done.
The Asian Cole Slaw was the biggest surprise! I didn't make a lot of the slaw, but I had to quickly write down the recipe, so I could make this again. Craig raved about the slaw.
In my book, these recipes earned five stars. My husband says four on the pork, but he's partial to his own grilled Baby Back Ribs (which are pretty good, I must say). We had a lot of leftovers, which will become fried rice. At least, that's the plan. Little kitchen mice might get into them during the night-- we shall see.
I'm in the last two weeks of school, before our students head on to their newest chapters of their young adult lives. I work three weeks longer, to close down the school, and get it ready for the Fall. I'm so excited to see all kinds of locally grown summer fruits in our grocery store, and I'm looking forward to finding new grilling recipes. I truly hope that our drought will end, soon, and our fire season won't be too much for our firefighters.
Both printable recipe cards are at the end of this post.