The past three recipes during this the official month of grilling on Caribbeanpot.com, we’ve done our cooking on a propane grill but today we’ll go old school and dust out the charcoal bbq for that extreme flavor you can only get by using coals. With just two steps and a few ingredients you’ll not only love how simple this candied pork tenderloins are to make, but you’ll be amazed at how juicy and packed with flavor they will be.
The first step is to marinate the pork tenderloins, then spark up the charcoal bbq and do your thing!
3lbs pork tenderloins
3 cloves garlic (minced)
1 cup soy sauce
2 tablespoon brown sugar (golden)
2 sprigs thyme
2 seasoning peppers (pimento peppers)
1 teaspoon grated ginger
* I used dark soy sauce but if you’re concerned about the sodium level, you can certainly use a light soy. If you can’t source the seasoning peppers, you can use a 1/4 scotch bonnet or habanero pepper finely diced. You can also combine the seasoning peppers with scotch bonnet for a little Caribbean KICK!
Though there are only two steps in making these amazing candied pork tenderloins, it does require some patience. In a bowl combine the soy sauce, ginger, garlic and brown sugar, then place the (washed and dry) tenderloins in a zipper bag (get a strong one so it does not leak on you) and mix in all the ingredients. Seal the bag, give it a good massage then place it in a bowl in the fridge. I put it in a bowl so in the event of any leakage, there won’t be a mess in the fridge to clean up.
TIP! For extreme flavor allow this to marinate overnight, but you can also go with a couple hours if you’re pressed for time.
As you get your coals up to temperature I would recommend taking the pork out of the fridge, discard the marinade and allow it to come up to room temperature. The last thing you want to do is to put cold meat on a hot bbq.
Here is where you will now personalize the dish by the technique you use for grilling. I did the indirect method where I placed the tenderloins away from direct heat and allowed them to slowly cook for about 45 minutes. Since pork tenderloins are never uniform in shape, I always place the skinny end as far away from the direct heat as this end will ALWAYS cook faster and can dry-up on you.
Please note that due to the sugar as well as the soy sauce in the marinade it will take on color very fast, so try to cook over indirect heat. That said, the last 4-5 minutes of cooking I did place them directly over the heat to get a lovely color and for added flavor.
After you remove them off the bbq, it’s very important that you cover them with some tin foil and allow them to rest before slicing. This resting will redistribute the natural juices back into the meat and make for a more tender and juicy candied pork tenderloins.
Tip: You can add some apple wood to the coals for a lovely fruity smoke flavor which will compliment the pork very well. If you don’t have a charcoal grill, you can do your thing on a propane grill.