Pork tenderloin is great for grilling and is relatively low in fat. Although this is a good thing for your health, it can also work against the taste, because the pork loin will dry quickly on the grill. We are going to give you some grilling tips for keeping your dinner meat moist and tender.
Here's how to come up with a great-tasting, juicy grilled pork loin. Follow these instructions.
- Start by getting a high-quality piece of lean pork tenderloin. Remove the shiny membrane from the meat's surface. The next step is to soak the pork tenderloin for about 12 hours in brine. Add three tablespoons of salt to a quart of water and soak the pork tenderloin in it. Soaking the pork is necessary so that it will retain more moisture when it is grilled later on, and this is key because the process allows the meat to take in more water than it normally does, due to the osmosis effect.
- Remove the tenderloin from the brine and rinse it under cold running water. Pat the pork dry first, using paper towels. Place the meat in the refrigerator and allow it to air-dry, uncovered, overnight.
- Prepare a rub for the meat, so that when it is grilled a nice crust forms over the surface. The rub can be anything flavorful that you feel like using, and can be as simple as a pepper and garlic rub. Make sure to apply the rub generously onto the meat, so that the flavor will be retained even after grilling.
- When grilling your pork tenderloin, make sure of a few things. If you're using a charcoal grill, ensure that you have a double layer of charcoal that's already good and hot. Make sure that the grill insert is clean. When oiling up your grill insert, do not use any aerosol-based oil sprays - this is very dangerous, and it can also end up damaging your grill. If you're using a gas grill, make sure to put it on the highest setting. Remove the pork from the refrigerator thirty minutes before grilling, and lightly oil all sides of the pork.
- When grilling your pork tenderloin, you want a nice, even grill. The technique here is to treat the tenderloin as if it had four sides. Pay attention to each "side" of your long, round pork loin. Make sure that each side gets enough heating time on the grill. You don't want to undercook your pork loin, but remember that you don't want to burn it all the way through, either. You want to get the insides of the meat cooked without burning the outside, so grill each "side" of the tenderloin for about four to five minutes.
- When the pork tenderloin's internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F, remove the meat from the grill. Then cover the entire piece with aluminum foil and let it sit for five minutes. The pork tenderloin will continue to cook internally while wrapped in the foil, and after these last five minutes, your moist and juicy meal is ready to serve.
Now that you've followed these instructions and learned how to grill a pork loin, prepare one for dinner tonight. Be ready for some compliments.