Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin

The warmer weather is (supposedly) here but that doesn't mean it's any easier to get dinner on the table! Summer days are jam packed and full of fun!  Having an effortless, homemade meal on the table during the summer months is just as much of a necessity as it is during the school year.

Here is a tasty pork tenderloin recipe I make with some local syrup we pick up at the farmers market!  Enjoy!

Prep Ahead Plan: Prepare the recipe the night before and let it marinate in the ziploc bag!

Slow Cooked Maple Glazed Pork Tenderloin
1 (2-3 pound) pork tenderloin
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup of soy sauce
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons brown sugar

1.  Place the tenderloin in a ziploc bag and pour in all of the ingredients.  Seal the bag and use your hands to mash up the bag, mixing all of the ingredients together.
2.  Marinate overnight or all day.
3.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 9 X 13 baking pan with cooking spray.
4.  Place tenderloin in pan and pour marinade over it.  Bake for 40-45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

T-Bone Steak Rub

Grilling season has officially begun and our Weber is well rested and ready to put in some over time!  We actually use our grill year round but nowhere near as often as when the warmer weather hits!  We love mixing up seasonings and experimenting with dry rubs on chicken, beef and even fish.  Dry rubs pack a notable flavor punch in the form of a savory crust on the meat.  The intensity of the flavor will depend on how long the rub sits on the meat.  I like to season the meat the night before which not only saves some time (and mess) during the dinner hour, but also maximizes the flavor of our seasoning mixture!

Here's a great combination of herbs and spices that we use often on our steaks!  Try it!  Please let me know what you think!

Prep Ahead Plan:  Mix up the spice rub and season up the steaks the night before!

Steak Rub

  • 2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust this measurement to your taste!)
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 4 (1 pound) t-bone steaks
  • Directions
  • 1.  Combine all ingredients in a bowl.  Mix together.
  • 2.  Rub on both sides of steak.
  • 3.  Preheat a grill for high heat and lightly oil the grill.  Cook steaks about 4 minutes per side for medium rare or longer until desired doneness!
If you feel like adding a boost of flavor, melt a small pad of butter on top of each steak right when they come off the grill.  It's worth the calories, I promise!  

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