Sunday, April 13, 2014

Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce

The sauce was a little to spicy for the kids, but this was a very good dish.  I can't wait to have the leftovers for lunch.  We will definitely make this recipe again.  The rice was also excellent with the sauce.

8 plum tomatoes, stems removed
1 jalapeño chile pepper, stem and seeds removed
½ cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
⅓ cup roughly chopped red onion
¼ cup tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Kosher salt
Ground black pepper

1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon packed dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon pure chile powder
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon ground allspice

2 pork tenderloins, each about 1 pound, trimmed of excess fat and silver skin
Extra-virgin olive oil Prepare the Egg for direct cooking over medium heat (300° to 350°F).

Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the tomatoes and jalapeño over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until blackened and blistered in spots, turning as needed. The tomatoes will take 4 to 6 minutes and the jalapeño will take 2 to 3 minutes. Put the tomatoes and jalapeño in a food processor along with the remaining sauce ingredients, and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook until the sauce has thickened slightly, 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

In a small bowl mix the rub ingredients.

Lightly brush the tenderloins on all sides with oil and season evenly with the rub, pressing the spices into the meat. Allow the tenderloins to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.

Grill the tenderloins over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the pork is barely pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with the sauce.


Sunday, March 30, 2014

Cajun Chicken Thighs

These thighs had a really good flavor and was a good switch up from boneless chicken breasts.  I brushed on some BBQ sauce on half of them for some added flavor.

1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 tablespoon granulated onion
1 tablespoon paprika
2 teaspoons dried thyme
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 teaspoons fresh coarse ground black pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt

8 (4 ounce) boneless skinless chicken thighs
Make the rub: in a small bowl, combine all the rub ingredients.
Rinse chicken thighs under cold water; pat dry with paper towels.
Coat chicken with the rub, then brush or spray with olive oil. 

Grill the thighs at 300 until the meat is firm and the juices run clear, 16-20 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling time.


Saturday, February 15, 2014

Big Green Egg Baked Beans

These are really good baked beans and cooking them on the egg adds a nice smokey flavor

1 16 oz can of Bush's Baked Beans
1 slice raw bacon
1 medium bell pepper chopped
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 medium onion chopped
1/3 cup ketchup

Mix all ingredients and bake at 350 for 1 hour