Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Grilled pork tenderloin with pomegranate reduction sauce


My husband Meakin loves to experiment with pork tenderloin recipes. About half the time he cooks the tenderloin inside and makes a port wine reduction sauce and other times he grills it outside, studded with garlic and rubbed with olive oil and chopped fresh rosemary. Today he’s grilled it as usual, but basted it in the final stages of cooking with a reduction of pomegranate juice, good English orange marmalade, Asian chili sauce and a little garlic. He emphasized the words “good orange marmalade” because he feels that the inexpensive American brands are too sweet for this. This recipe is perfect for an easy, summertime dinner.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Pomegranate Reduction Sauce a la Meakin

1 small pork tenderloin, silver skin trimmed and discarded
1 large clove of garlic, sliced into slivers
Extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
A couple of tablespoons of finely chopped fresh rosemary, or to taste

Stud pork with slivers of garlic, coat in olive oil and season with salt, pepper and finely chopped fresh rosemary. Cut in half and grill over moderate to high heat on all sides to brown. Reduce the heat to low and baste with the pomegranate sauce (recipe below), turning and basting frequently.



The finished tenderloin should have a beautiful color and be about 150 degrees F for a nice pink medium. We like ours towards the rare side. Cook according to your desired degree of doneness. Slice and serve with the reduction sauce you've set aside.




Pomegranate Reduction Sauce
1 8-ounce bottle 100% pomegranate juice
1 tablespoon good orange marmalade
1 tablespoon Asian chili sauce
1 clove of garlic, crushed

Place ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over moderate heat to reduce by half. Allow to cool. Reserve half for serving with the pork and use the remainder for basting the pork. Serves 3 - 4.

47 comments:

  1. Oh yes, that tenderloin in the freezer has been calling to us and yes....this is just what it needs. Thanks!!

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  2. Yummy! This looks soooo goood! Lovely photos too! I gotta go now I am so hungry looking at this! :D

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  3. I bet this preparation would taste delicious with chicken as well. Yum!

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  4. What a beautiful sauce. Wow! I have everything I need to make this too. How is that for luck??

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  5. What timing you have. I have been staring at one more pork tenderloin from the winter wondering what to do! And then this luscious recipe comes to me filled with fruity flavors (not too sweet). Love the crack about the "good orange marmalade!" (It's true!)

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  6. This looks like a wonderful recipe for pork tenderloin, Sam. Thank your wonderful hubby for me.

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  7. Oh that whole plate looks wonderful! The perfect summer meal. Thank you for the recipe!
    Hugs,
    Penny
    p.s. I just did a food post!

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  8. I love pork tenderloin, I don't know why I don't grill it more often Sam. You have inspired me:D

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  9. Pork tenderloin is so wonderful on the grill, and I can't wait to try your mouthwatering sauce. Scrumptious dinner, Sam.

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  10. Sam...I'll do your recipe if you do mine. I'm kidding. I do however, have a great stovetop recipe with porto and chard and strong cheddar that I had posted about not too long ago. I'm definitely going to make your recipe. Hubby and I have cut way down on meat products. What we kept as a favorite is organic pork tenderloin.
    Thanks for this very interesting recipe.
    Flavourful wishes, Claudia

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  11. This sounds delicious! I love the idea of the reduction sauce, yum :) Thanks for sharing this recipe. Pork tenderloins are fun to cook with, you can do so many things with them almost like a chicken breast!!

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  12. Great! I'd been trying to decide what to make for a dinner party this weekend -- now I know!

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  13. Sam,

    The pork is talking to me. The pomegranate reduction sauce is yelling at me. Magnificent dish.

    I agree with you on eating the pork more on the rare side. 145 to 150 F. Too many people worry with pork, you know when you should worry, when you buy shady product. If you have a reputable place to get good produce, no worries.

    Tell Meakin...10 out of 10!

    Cheers!

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  14. Adding the marmelade to the glaze is so clever. The citrus-sy flavors work so well with pork....

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  15. I took one look at this and said 'Sweet' meal...

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  16. This sounds - and looks - delicious. I was stopped by the pomegranate. I thought, ooh, that sounds different. I'll be adding this one to my recipes to try.

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  17. I'm completely intrigued with the idea of reducing pomegrante juice, Sam. Yes, wonderful with pork, but I've thought of lots of other ideas as well. Bet you have too.
    Yesterday a group of us went out to lunch and one of the desserts included a small square of jelled, reduced balsamic vinegar. I cannot describe how wonderful it was...with that light coating of sugar.

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  18. Sam, I am definitely making this! The pork looks wonderful and your picture is outstanding.

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  19. Sam: I just finished putting the groceries away. While in the grocery store, a nice pork tenderloin called out to me. It wasn't on my list but I could not resist. We always have pomegranate juice on hand (we mix it with orange juice for our morning treat). Can't wait to try this recipe!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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  20. The pomegranate reduction sauce sounds just wonderful with the grilled pork tenderloin, such a great meal!

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  21. The top photo has drawn me in and I could smell the aroma of the reduction sauce!

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  22. The pork looks wonderful but that tomato in the background really caught my eye.

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  23. I can see why your husband likes experimenting with pork tenderloin. I've always had good results, it's always relatively quick, and just the look of this is already making my mouth water!

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  24. My husband would go nuts over this recipe. I will definitely have to share this one with him. Pork tenderloin is a favorite of ours to grill.

    Great post.

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  25. That sauce on the pork sounds so delicious!

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  26. Sam, this looks delicious! We love pork tenderloin as well, so I've bookmarked this for future reference. Thanks!

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  27. Beautiful looking tenderloin...something about rosemary and garlic with pork, they were all made for each other.

    I can't wait to meet you tomorrow!

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  28. That looks great - I just happen to have a pork tenderloin in the frig in search of a recipe.

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  29. Your picture brings summer to the kitchen! Delicious!

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  30. Now, that's a stunning dinner for a dinner party!!!

    Waw!! I so love that pork dish!

    fantastic food!

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  31. Sam,
    This looks like a delicious recipe for pork. I like pork. I'm glad you posted this because I'm looking for a good dish to take to our family reunion next Saturday. This looks like a winner!

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  32. Sam, I'm anxious to hear how the Blogger event went today. I was going to try to come, but had other stuff going on. Would have loved to have met you in person. Let me know. I'm sure you had a great time. My best to Big Dude, Smoky moutain and the rest.

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  33. I'm a total sucker for pork and any fruit sauce/relish/you name it. This looks fabulous.

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  34. This looks wonderful, I bet it's delicious. I can't wait to try it. I'm a long time reader of your fabulous blog, but first time follower as I've only just opened a blogger account and set up a blog (http://bakezilla1.blogspot.com/). I just hope mine is as great as yours! :)

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  35. Checking in to let you know this tenderloin recipe graced our table last night and it was wonderful. Many thanks.

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  36. That pomegranate glaze for the pork tenderloin looks sensational! I'm glad you posted the temperature for a good pink medium tenderloin. If you have good quality pork that has been processed and handled properly, there is no reason to be afraid of pink pork. It taste so much better!

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  37. Not only does the dish sound fantastic, that photo is spectacular. The clarity and composition just say KAPOW!

    Loved meeting the two of you at the get together yesterday. I hope your travels have been smooth sailing.

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  38. This looks yummy but we don’t have a grill and are trying to cut down on meat. The pomegranate reduction sounds intriguing. It might go well on some fish, don’t you think?

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  39. Oh, delicious! Is there anything that you can't cook, Sam? Me thinks not.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  40. Sam, I am writing down the recipe for Meakin's pomegranate reduction sauce. It sounds so amazing!

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  41. Gorgeous reduction sauce. Giving that one a try real soon. A+ to Meakin.

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  42. Oh! The pork tenderloin looks delicious with the pomegranate sauce, love pork with fruit sauce...by the way, great presentation :-)

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  43. I have some pom juice in the fridge. thanks for this amazing looking recipe!

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  44. Oh my gosh that pomegranate reduction sauce sounds wonderful! I'm definitely going to have to try it.

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  45. This looks so yummy! I found it while searching for a pomegranate reduction sauce...sounds wonderful!

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