Saturday, October 15, 2011

Ready....Set....Start Your Grills for Pork Loin


This pork tenderloin has quickly become a family favorite.  It's moist, juicy and so low in fat.  And it's surprisingly cheap.  It's only about 3.99/lb.  This was 1.35 lbs and will feed our family of three easily.
Preheat your grill while you get your rub together.  For the rub you'll need:
3 tbsp brown sugar
3 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp basil
1 tbsp cumin
Mix all ingredients together.  Rub directly on your pork loin.  With grill placed at a medium temperature, cook pork on one side for 25 minutes.  Turn pork and cook for an additional 25 minutes.  I typically cook 30 minutes per pound.  Included in that 30 minutes is the resting period of the meat.  The last 5 minutes add barbecue sauce if you like.  Once you remove from grill, let it rest for about 10 minutes before cutting.  This will redistribute the juices.  I never use to let my meats just sit before cutting into them.  What a difference it makes!!

With this pork I also made up a very simple pasta salad with tomatoes.  It was sure delicious.
You'll need:
6 ounces of wheat angel hair pasta
4 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cups diced tomatoes
2 tsp garlic salt
2 tsp rosemary
1 tsp dill
2 tbsp butter
Cook the pasta according to the directions on the package.  Wait for the pasta to be completely done before starting to cook the tomatoes.  If you cook the tomatoes before the pasta is done, the tomatoes become soggy.  After the pasta is done cooking, just turn off the water and let it set in the hot water to keep it hot.
Melt the butter in a sauce pan.  Once butter is melted add the tomatoes, rosemary and dill.  Cook for about 7 minutes or just until tomatoes are hot.  Drain the pasta and put in bowl.  Toss the pasta with the olive oil, garlic salt and balsamic vinegar.

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