Several years ago, the hubby and I were addicted these premarinated pork tenderloins that you could buy in the meat department. I think we ate them an average of once per week. But they became increasingly hard to find, and the price kept increasing, as well. It became difficult to justify the $8 per pound price tag when I figured I could make something similar at home.
Since then, I've been trying almost every Asian marinade I can get my hands on, hoping to find something as good or better. And I think this one comes as close as anything I've tried, but with some extra kick.
I actually just threw this marinade together at lunch today with no real plan in mind.
I like to marinate things at lunch. I get teased about it. Hey, everyone needs a hobby.
The marinade turned out great. It was very flavorful, and both sweet and a bit spicy. I'd recommend serving the pork with Asian Carrot and Cucumber Salad AND a starchier side dish, maybe some sort of veggie lo mein. I served just the pork and the salad, and as I was eating, I told the hubby I thought I'd still be hungry afterward. He said, "Yes, this is a nice little snack that you've prepared for us."
Thankfully, we still have some pie for dessert. I'm always thankful for pie.
1 lb. pork loin or tenderloin
1/4 c. soy sauce
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 green onion, thinly sliced
1 tsp. ginger, minced or grated
1 tsp. sambal oelek
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. dark sesame oil
1. Trim pork and butterfly, if desired.
I like to butterfly my pork so it doesn't char on the outside before it's cooked through on the inside.
2. Combine marinade ingredients in a small bowl and stir well.
3. Place pork in a resealable bag and add marinate. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.
4. Grill over medium heat, basting with marinade the first few minutes.
5. Grill pork about 10-12 minutes, or until cooked to desired doneness. Let rest a few minutes before serving. (The pork, not you.)