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Grilled Brined Pork Tenderloin

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Grilled Brined Pork Tenderloin
  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 8 hr 40 min
  • Servings 6

Looking for a new way to cook pork tenderloin? Moist, juicy and flavorful pork is what you'll love about the easy brining technique done before grilling. MORE+ LESS-

Updated October 9, 2008

Ingredients

4
cups cold water
2
cups apple cider
1/2
cup maple-flavored or real maple syrup
1/4
cup salt
2
pork tenderloins (about 1 pound each)
1
tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2
teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/4
teaspoon garlic powder

Steps

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  • 1
    Stir water, cider, maple syrup and salt in large container or stockpot until salt is dissolved. Add pork to brine mixture. Cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours but no longer than 12 hours.
  • 2
    Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat. Remove pork from brine mixture; rinse thoroughly under cool running water and pat dry. Discard brine. Sprinkle pork with rosemary, pepper and garlic powder.
  • 3
    Cover and grill pork over medium heat 20 to 25 minutes, turning occasionally, until pork has slight blush of pink in center and meat thermometer inserted in center reads 160°F.

Expert Tips

  • Because you’re using a brine solution to flavor and tenderize the pork, be sure to buy meat that hasn’t been injected with a saline solution.
  • A wild rice pilaf and fresh green beans are perfect partners for this juicy, tender pork. Serve a wedge of peach pie topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert.
  • Brining is an age-old process for preserving meats. Today, this simple method of soaking meat in a salt-water solution is used to make meat exceptionally moist, juicy and flavorful.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
190
Calories from Fat
50
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
9%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
95mg
32%
Sodium
460mg
19%
Potassium
530mg
15%
Total Carbohydrate
2g
1%
Dietary Fiber
0g
0%
Sugars
0g
Protein
34g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
0 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 5 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
0
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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