This recipe for grilled hoisin pork tenderloin is simple and wonderful and can be prepped the morning before. The leftover pork can be revamped as barbecue pulled pork which can be eaten in a bun or whole wheat wrap. This can be done with grilled chicken leftovers, too. Just follow the directions below.
The pork should marinate for at least 30 minutes, but the longer the better. I like to start it in the morning so it’s ready to go at dinner. You even could do it the night before. This recipe makes enough for 4 dinners, plus leftovers. It also makes 5 onions, assuming 4 for dinner and another to be used with the leftovers.
Start to finish: 30 minutes, plus marinating
Servings: 4 dinners, plus 2 lunches
9.4-ounce jar hoisin sauce
1 cup red wine
¼ cup soy sauce
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon hot sauce
2-pounds pork tenderloins
5 large yellow onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds
In a large zip-close plastic bag, combine the hoisin, wine, soy sauce, garlic and hot sauce. Seal the bag and gently shake to mix well. Add the pork tenderloins, then close the bag and gently turn to ensure the meat is well coated. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 24 hours.
Trim the ends from the onions, then peel off the outer layer of skin. Place the onions in a second large zip-close plastic bag; add the olive oil, a bit of salt and pepper, and the cumin seeds. Seal the bag, then gently shake to coat evenly. Refrigerate until ready to grill the meat.
When ready to cook, heat one side of the grill to medium-high, the other side to low.
Using an oil-soaked paper towel held with tongs, oil the grill grates. Add the whole onions to the cooler side of the grill. Grill, covered, for 5 minutes. Turn the onions, then add the pork to the cooler side of the grill. Grill the pork for 6 minutes per side. Remove the onions when they are very tender and the meat when it is nicely seared on the outside and reaches 145 F at the center.
Transfer the pork and onions to a platter and let the meat rest for 5 minutes. Thinly slice the pork and serve with an onion.
Nutrition information per serving (based on 6 servings) (values are rounded to the nearest whole number): 400 calories; 90 calories from fat (23 percent of total calories); 10 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 100 mg cholesterol; 34 g carbohydrate; 36 g protein; 4 g fiber; 1410 mg sodium.
The next morning, place any leftover pork in a large bowl. Use 2 forks to tear and pull apart the pork into thin strands. Any leftover onions can be finely chopped, then added to the bowl. Add ¼ to ½ cup of bottled barbecue sauce and mix well. If you like it spicy, a splash of hot sauce also could be added.
For a cold sandwich, the pulled pork can be spooned onto bread and packed in a lunch box (with a cooler pack). For a hot sandwich, microwave the pulled pork for 1 to 2 minutes, or until hot, then pack in a preheated thermos with bread packed separately.