BLACKBERRY GRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN
Country Living Eating Outdoors
by The Editors of Country Living
Pork lends itself to fruit sauces—let the season guide your choice. When blackberries are at their peak, use them in both the marinade and the sauce for this pork tenderloin—if you can resist popping them into your mouth straight from the container!
Makes 8 Servings
• 2 14-ounce pork tenderloins
• 2½ cups fresh blackberries plus additional blackberries for garnish (optional)
• 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
• 4 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
• 2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
• 2/3 cup water
• 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1 tablespoon minced garlic (about 2 cloves)
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 1/4 cup cold water
• 2/3 cup blackberry liqueur
MARINATE THE MEAT:
• Place the tenderloins in a glass baking dish or resealable bag.
• In a medium nonreactive saucepan, bring 2 cups berries, rosemary, thyme, vinegar, 2/3 cup water, salt, and pepper to a boil over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
• Pour the marinade over the tenderloins, cover, and refrigerate, turning the tenderloins occasionally to marinate evenly—8 hours to overnight.
GRILL THE MEAT:
• Prepare the grill for cooking over medium-high heat.
• Drain the tenderloins and reserve the marinade.
• Grill the tenderloins on all sides, turning with tongs until cooked through (145°F to 150°F)—23 to 30 minutes. Let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
MAKE THE SAUCE:
• Strain the marinade through a fine strainer set over a bowl and reserve 1/2 cup of the liquid.
• In a medium skillet, bring the liquid to a boil over high heat.
• Add the garlic and continue to cook until the liquid is reduced to 1/4 cup.
• Dissolve cornstarch in the 1/4 cup cold water and stir into the reduced liquid. Add the blackberry liqueur and cook, stirring occasionally, until smooth, glossy, and thick—about 2 minutes.
• Stir in remaining 1/2 cup fresh berries.
• Cut the tenderloins into thin slices. Drizzle each serving with 1 to 2 tablespoons of sauce.
• Garnish with additional fresh blackberries, if desired.
Nutrition Information Per Serving— protein: 21.9 g; fat: 5.6 g; carbohydrate: 5.5 g; fiber: 1.9 g; sodium: 178 mg; cholesterol: 54.6 mg; alories: 163.