Pork is a popular main dish and there are many ways to prepare it. Fans of “the other white meat” should use this recipe to show their skills on the grill. Pork tenderloin is the perfect main dish for a fall gathering because it is warm and hearty without being heavy in fat and calories. This four-serving recipe is easy to follow and takes just 20 minutes to prepare and 15 minutes to grill.
• 1 whole (one-pound) pork tenderloin
• ½ cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
• 1 lime, with zest grated finely
• 1 chipotle chile pepper with adobe sauce
• ¼ cup honey
• 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves, chopped
• 1 ½ teaspoons salt
• 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
• ½ teaspoon garlic powder
• Small jar with lid
• Covered container
• 1-gallon resealable plastic bag
• Heavy-duty aluminum foil
• Carving knife
• Large container
• Grill brush
• Meat thermometer
Step 1: Trim the skin and excess fat off the pork tenderloin.
Step 2: Put the lime juice, salt, garlic powder, honey, and lime zest into the jar, cover, and shake to combine the ingredients. Pour half of this marinade into the resealable plastic bag and add the chipotle chile pepper. Shake the bag to combine the contents. Put the remaining amount into a container, cover it, and refrigerate.
Step 3: Put the pork tenderloin in the plastic bag and seal the bag, removing as much air as you can. Put the bag into the large container so any leaks will be caught. Marinate the tenderloin for between 6 and 24 hours in the refrigerator, turning the bag over halfway through the marinating time.
Step 4: Remove the pork tenderloin from the plastic bag and let it sit at room temperature as you prepare the grill. Discard the marinade in the plastic bag. Take the reserved marinade out of the refrigerator.
Step 5: Heat the grill to medium and brush the grate with vegetable oil. Put the tenderloin in the center of the grate. Cook for between 12 and 15 minutes, turning each 1 ½ to 2 minutes, until the internal temperature of the meat is 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 6: Remove the pork tenderloin from the grill. Put it on a large piece of aluminum foil. Fold the edges of the foil to form a basket. Pour the reserved marinade over the tenderloin. Put foil over the top of the tenderloin and wrap tightly. Let the pork rest for ten minutes.
Step 7: Remove the tenderloin from the foil, put it on a cutting board, and slice it. Add a cilantro garnish prior to serving.