Renee's Kitchen Adventures

Friday, May 23, 2014

Grilled Ginger Honey Pork Tenderloin

Lean pork tenderloin marinated in a mixture of soy, ginger, honey, mustard and garlic and grilled to perfection. This is a recipe you'll want to bookmark. I am SO glad that grilling season is here, because, honestly, grilling is my favorite cooking method to get dinner on the table!

Grilled Ginger Honey Pork Tenderloin: Asian inspired flavors make this pork shine! #pork #leanmeat



The inspiration for this recipe came from Reynolds Kitchens.  Believe it or not, the original recipe was a glaze mixture for ham.  Ham=pork=pork tenderloin, so why not?  I tweaked it just a tad, to arrive at a really nice marinade for pork tenderloin.  I also took the left over marinade and reduced it in a saucepan to make a yummy, gingery sauce to drizzle on top of the grilled pork.  The men in my house gave this recipe a double thumbs up.

Grilled Ginger Honey Pork Tenderloin: Asian inspired flavors make this pork shine! #pork #leanmeat

The pork has got a little "Asian" feeling to it with the ginger and soy, but it's subtle.  The honey adds a nice sweetness to play off the ginger's spiciness.  When I read the original recipe, since it was intended as a glaze and not a marinade, it had no acid ingredient.  I knew I needed an acid component for marinade, so I added some Dijon mustard.  Mustard and pork are natural partners in the flavor world! In fact, all the flavors work well together with the pork.

Grilled Ginger Honey Pork Tenderloin: Asian inspired flavors make this pork shine! #pork #leanmeat

I like to cook pork tenderloin to around 140 degrees F (med-rare) with a five minute rest time, so that it retains moisture.  You can see how moist this tenderloin turned out in the photos! (To ensure food safety, you might want to cook your pork to 145 degrees F.)*  Read about the USDA guidelines for safe minimum cooking temperatures for pork here.


Grilled Ginger Honey Pork Tenderloin

Renee's Kitchen Adventures
Grilled Ginger Honey Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 TBS honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 TBS minced fresh ginger
  • 1 heaping TBS Dijon mustard
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 2 (1 pound each) pork tenderloins

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl or a 1 cup (or larger) glass measuring cup, whisk together the soy, water, honey, garlic, ginger, mustard and olive oil.
  2. Pour marinade mixture over the pork tenderloins in a gallon sized zipper plastic bag. Seal and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or more.
  3. Remove pork tenderloins from marinade and grill over med-high heat, turning often to avoid too much charring, until the internal temperature is 145 degrees F  Remove tenderloins from grill and place on a platter covered loosely with Reynolds® foil and allow to rest for at least three minutes before slicing.
  4. Optional: While pork is cooking, pour the remaining marinade into a med sauce pan and bring to a boil. Allow mixture to boil until it is reduced by half. Drizzle the sauce over the cooked pork, if desired.
Prep Time: 2 hrs. 10 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 20 mins.
Total time: 2 hrs. 30 mins.

adapted from Reynolds Kitchens

Servings - 10  Serving size - 1/10th of recipe (approx. 3 oz. meat with 1 TBS sauce)  Points Plus per Serving - 5 Points+
Calories - 213,   Total Fat - 8.9g,   Carb, - 4.2g,   Protein - 27.1g,   Fiber - 0.1g

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Why do I love to grill?  OMG...so many reasons.  First and foremost is flavor.  Second is that there is little need to add excessive oil to recipes. and third, is the easy clean up.  

Pork tenderloin cooks so well on the grill.  This marinade gives it great flavor as well as leaving you with fork tender meat.  I know this recipe is going to turn into one of those recipe repeats for my family!  

Do you have any grilling plans for this weekend?  If you don't, you might want to put this recipe on your list!  

Looking for more great grilled pork tenderloin recipes?  Try these: 

15 comments:

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    1. thanks Nancy, and thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Renee, I love pork tenderloin and these flavors sound perfect!! Beautiful pictures as always. I'm drooling!!

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    1. Thanks Marion! Yes, I love pork tenderloin too!

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  3. Looks SO perfectly cooked! I need to start using my grill more. I love how easy it makes dinner cleanup!

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    1. That is one my favorite things about grilling!

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  4. This pork looks just irresistibly delicious!

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  5. Can I come over for dinner tonight? HA! Kidding of course, but wow...this looks incredible Renee!!!

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    1. haha....you are most welcome ANYTIME Roz!!! Thank you!!

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  6. Wow what a fantastic Pork recipe! I don't eat it often as I get bored with it---but I am so thrilled to find this one and am definitely going to whip this up and SOON!!!

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    1. Pork tenderloin is a great place to go when you want pork. Very lean and tender. Cooks up quickly and is never dry. I hope you like this!!

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  7. Beautiful photographs Renee! We grilled up a bunch of veggies!

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    1. Grilled veggies rock, Tami!!! The best way to enjoy them, I think!

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  8. I love grilling season! I am always uninspired when it comes to pork tenderloin. I just can never figure out what to do with it. This looks delicious! I'm remembering it for the future.

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