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Post Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:18 pm
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Sunday was pork tenderloin day. I'd been looking through my cookbooks for ideas but then saw an episode of America's Test Kitchen on Saturday that featured a stuffed tenderloin.

It wasn't this pink, though...this might've been taken early in the morning.

The filling was kind of a tapenade but with sun-dried tomatoes in addition to the kalamata olives.
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One of the tenderloins was butterflied, pounded to about 1/4", stuffed, and rolled while the other was just tied for uniformity and seasoned with salt and pepper. The color of the pork here is more accurate.

I seared them over lump charcoal and then finished them with indirect heat.

The setting sun adds a warm tone. The stuffed tenderloin had good flavor and the tomatoes added some different notes, and I had processed the filling until it was fairly smooth because I don't care for big chunks of tomato. And tapenade goes well with football. :wink:

The plain tenderloin was sliced and used for sandwiches during the week. Here's one I made with some Italian pita bread and mayo.

We hadn't had chicken for awhile so Monday I did a little websurfing and found this recipe. All I had to do was stop at the store on my way home to pick up the chicken and even though the recipe calls for boneless, skinless thighs I went for the real thing.

Since the chicken was only going to be in the marinade for an hour or so I left the bowl on the kitchen counter.

No searing here, just indirect grilling until it was done, and one piece came with some extra skin and fat. :D The marinade added a lot of good flavor and the chicken was a definite hit with the family, so I'll be making this one again...with more than 4 thighs!

After a couple of days off I wanted to grill last night and since I was cooking for myself I could be a little creative, so I decided to make some beef satays with Thai/Asian-influenced flavors. The bottles are sesame oil and soy sauce and this cut was labeled "butter steak".

After basically putting together a sesame-lemon-soy vinaigrette I went a little off-course and added a spoonful of Dijon mustard to hold everything together before I poured it over the satays.

The beef marinated for about 1:45 and I set up my 26" Weber grill because I'd need as much space as possible, and once again I used lump charcoal. The fire was good and hot so it didn't take long to cook the satays, and the shape of them meant that I got a nice mix of doneness.

I didn't cut the beef really thin so even though the outside was done the inside stayed nice and pink.

All gone! Even though I didn't add any salt some of the beef was a little salty so a reduced-sodium soy sauce might've been a good idea. The sesame flavor was rich and nutty and the lime added some brightness and a nice citrus tang, and I couldn't really detect the mustard so apparently that didn't screw it up. :lol:

All in all it was a pretty good week for eating. Tomorrow I'm giving myself a break and letting someone else fix lunch, but I just might be back at it come dinnertime... :wink:


Post Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:49 pm
Dyal_SC well done
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Yum!!! Everything looks terrific. Regarding your chicken marinade, you just reminded me about a marinade for pork and chicken that my wife and I haven't had in months...maybe more than a year now. Gotta pick up some dijon mustard tomorrow. Those beef satays look very good too. I love the nuttiness of sesame oil as well.
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Post Sat Sep 29, 2012 10:42 am
jfm0830 well done
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You had a really good week! Everything looks delicious. I'll have to look up that ATK recipe, it sounds very interesting.


Post Sat Sep 29, 2012 9:01 pm
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Mmmm, mmmm, mmmm..., Mighty fine looking eats there, Brad! And I'm with you... keep the skin on and bones in on the chicken (unless you have really good reason not to do so). :D
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Post Mon Oct 01, 2012 9:55 am
Griffin well done
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You've been busy, Brad. Really like the look and the sound of the pork tenderloin and the satays. I need to try some satays. Thanks for sharing.

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