Friday, June 20, 2014

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Vinegar

I have partnered with the Iowa Pork Producers Association for their first ever Iowa Food Blogger Pork Partnership.  I will be sharing a tasty tenderloin recipe and share a little bit about my connection with pork.

I grew up in a rural setting but not as farmers.  We rented our house from a farmer.  So, we grew up near animals but not raising whole herds ourselves.  That farmer raised pigs and so once in a while we'd get runts.  They were ones that weren't going to make it without a little help. 

We'd bottle feed them with baby bottles and we kept them in the house, yes IN the house!  Usually in the linoleum floored laundry room but sometimes we'd take them out to play.  People always look at me like I am crazy and ask "don't pigs stink?"  No, pigs don't stink when they aren't running round in their own poo!  

This is a photo of "Josie" and my sister.  My mom tells me my sister fell asleep and Josie cuddled up for a nap with her too.  When they were past bottle fed stage Josie went outside until market weight. Mom would go out in the pen and sit down on the side cement slab and Josie would come up and put her front hooves on mom's lap wanting a scratch. She did this all the way to market weight.  That's a big pig!

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Now on to the recipe and this recipe couldn't get any simpler unless it cooked itself!  My family really enjoyed it!!
Below is the recipe as I had made it, you can see the original recipe
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Balsamic Vinegar                             Printable Recipe

2 pork tenderloins
1/4 cup olive oil
1 cup balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons fresh sage (or 1 Tablespoon dried)
salt and pepper, to taste

Combine oil, vinegar, and sage in zip shut bag.
Trim your tenderloin of any outer fat.
Place in bag and put in the fridge for 30 minutes.  After 15 minutes move meat around so all sides get the marinade.
Remove meat from bag and discard marinade. Season tenderloins with salt and pepper.  Grill over medium-hot fire for about 20 minutes turning every 5 minutes so all sides get time on the grates.  
Meat thermometer should read 145 degrees, which is pork's new safety standard.  This cut of meat can go a little higher and will still be tender.  That is why I like this cut of meat.
Allow to rest for at least 3 minutes and then slice and serve!

The awesome team at the Iowa Pork Producers Association has also generously decided to give away a grilling prize pack to one of my US readers. 

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Giveaway entries end next Thursday, June 26th at 11:59 PM.  Your prize grilling pack will be mailed out in early July.

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  1. My favorite way to eat pork? Grilled pork chops.

  2. I love to do pork in the crockpot. A pork loin shredded with mashed potatoes....or slice the loin and then grill it. YUM!

  3. I like slow roasted pork loin

  4. What a cute picture and story! The pork sounds delicious and totally entered your giveaway, too. Thanks :)

  5. I love the memories shared about your pigs in the house. We didn't have them in the house but I remember them getting out of their pen and what a time we had chasing them. Once you have heard a pig squeal you will never forget it! Thanks for sharing and your pork loin looks delicious!

    1. Yes, they can be loud. Oh and I LOVE piggy noses!!

  6. I love pork in many ways, pork chili, pork chops, schnitzel, breaded and fried with gravy, grilled...I just love pork!!

  7. The memories are priceless and so lucky you have a picture. Your recipe looks amazing and I will be trying this one very soon. Congrats on your Iowa Food Blogger Pork Partnership! Carrie, A Mother's Shadow

  8. Jenny,

    We raise a lot of pigs in the south too. My husband's uncle was a pig farmer. They are so cute when they are small especially runts, but they grow up so fast. Thanks for the pork recipe it looks really delicious.
    Diane Roark

  9. Pork is one of my favorite meats to grill. Great giveaway :)

  10. THIS is my new favorite way to eat pork! Thanks for the great giveaway, Jenny! :)

  11. A terrific post Jenny. When I saw the photo I couldn't imagine what was going on - what great memories. Thanks for sharing your delicious grilled pork tenderloin, grampy loves using balsamic vinegar on his meat, I'll have to try the recipe.

  12. Pork breakfast sausages, patty style! ;)

  13. I like pulled pork sandwiches.

  14. Oh I like pork in many ways! My ultimate fave is bacon, but I also love to grill pork tenderloins, as well as slow cook a pork butt for shredded pulled pork!

  15. I like pork chops the best!

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  17. I like marinated and grilled pork tenderloin.

  18. How exciting!! So happy your blog is doing so well. I love pork on the stove top fried with onions. Marinated on the grill is my favorite for summer!

  19. love pork tenderloin and am just discovering balsamic vinegar! Can't wait to try this recipe!

  20. I am planning to use this recipe soon!

  21. Jenny, you and I are on the same page with this recipe. Love it! Thanks for sharing at #theWeekendSocial. Always happy to see you! (Thursdays at 9:00 PM EST). I'm off to pin your link. @theKitchenChopper

  22. I love pan fried chops but really any cut is awesome!

  23. Pork is my favorite meat. This dish look fantastic! Thanks for the giveaway, Jenny. Thank you for sharing at Treasure Box Tuesday too!

    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile