Video:Low Fat Grilled Pork Tenderloinwith Gina Miller
Pork tenderloin is a delicious, flavorful cut of meat that everybody loves. It can also be prepared as a low fat dish without losing the flavor. Here are the steps to take when preparing a low fat grilled pork tenderloin.See Transcript
Transcript:Low Fat Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Hi, I'm Gina Miller with About.com, here today with some tips on making a low fat meal from a surprising source: pork tenderloin.
Pork Tenderloin Can Be Low Fat
Pork is often associated with being high in fat, but there are certain cuts that are healthy and, as the cliche goes, the "other white meat," besides chicken. Also, pork tenderloin is a great meat to grill, it is adaptable to many marinade recipes, and it is surprisingly easy to grill. The only issue to watch out for is dryness. Since pork tenderloin is so low in fat, it will cook fast on the grill and can become tough and dry. One way to avoid this is to use a pork brine prior to grilling; this will guarantee a juicy and tender pork loin every time. Here are a few steps to follow to insure a tender, juicy, flavorful, low fat pork tenderloin.
Preparing the Pork Tenderloin
Number 1: Trim the fat from the tenderloin. Number 2: In a large bowl, add enough water to totally submerge the tenderloin and add about 3 tablespoons of coarse or Kosher salt without iodine, and let it soak in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours for a 3-5 lb tender loin cut. Number 3: You will need a good pork rub of your favorite spices and herbs; the brine keeps the tenderloin from becoming dry when grilling, but the rub will enhance the flavor and create a crust over the surface while it grills. Number 4: Preparing your grill before your start to cook. The grill needs to be very hot, 500 degrees minimum. Use extra coals or the high setting on your gas grill.
Grilling the Pork Tenderloin
Next, sear the pork on all sides to get deep grill marks on all sides. This takes about 3-4 minutes on each side of the tenderloin, but be careful not to burn any of the sides. Then, cook for about 5-8 more minutes on each of the large sides of the pork with the lid down. And lastly, Number 5: Remove the tenderloin from the grill when its internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. This may sound low for pork, so wrap it in foil and let it stand for 10 minutes and it will continue to cook, reaching 150 degrees F, which is the correct temperature for serving the tenderloin. Set it in a warm part of your kitchen so it remains very warm. You will be amazed at the juicy, tender, delicious taste of this low fat pork tenderloin.
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