Earlier this month, Kathy, from A Spoonful Of Thyme, posted a recipe for Chipotle-Cherry Salsa and I went to my blog recipes in search of a pork recipe to go with it, discovering Steph’s recipe for Chipotle Marinated Pork Tenderloin at Plain Chicken. I didn’t have enough tenderloin in the freezer so I a halved loin roast lengthwise so it would cook faster - faux tenderloin J.
I made the marinade as written, except for mixing, and introduced it to the meat at 2pm for a three hour soak.
Pork - From Plain Chicken
2 # pork tenderloin or pork of choice
1 ½ T. chipotle in adobo (Steph made a puree but I chopped fine)
½ cup orange juice
1½ t. red wine vinegar
3 T. lime juice
1 t. dried oregano
½ t. cumin
1 cloves garlic
Add everything to a deep container, give it a spin with the stick blender to puree the chipotle, and pour over the meat - I used a two gallon plastic bag and flipped it every 45 minutes.
I removed the pork from the marinade and cooked it over indirect heat to a temperature of 130* then put it over high direct heat on all four sides to develop a crust and took it to a 140* internal temperature.
Salsa - From A Spoonful Of Thyme
2 cups cherries, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1 Tbsp chipotle chile in adobo, chopped
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, minced
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
Add everything to a bowl and mix well – I made it three hours ahead of time and let it set at room temp for the flavors to marry.
For a side dish, I par-boiled some sliced sweet potatoes, brushed them with oil, and dusted with my pork rub, which has a cherry component. I grilled them over high heat to get a little crust and brushed each side with butter after turning.
Everything was delicious and I thought the marinade and salsa worked well together. Bev, who likes everything spicy, said that next time sh'e add a little jalapeno to the salsa to kick it up a notch – thanks Steph and Kathy for a very fine meal.
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Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.
6/19/2013 event date