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~How to Indoor-Grill Amazing Whole Pork Tenderloins~

6a0120a8551282970b02a308d6e5bc200cI recently purchased a countertop grill in order for me to grill a few things indoors -- not everything, just a few things.  I am here to tell you, I love it.  It controls the heat perfectly, it's easy to clean, and, most importantly, I am no longer at the mercy of, hot or cold, the weather, to grill a few of my favorite proteins --  boneless-skinless chicken tenderloins, whole pork tenderloins and shrimp. In honesty, I am simply not an outdoor kinda gal, so indoor grilling is perfect for me.

A bit about indoor grilling on indoor grills in general:

6a0120a8551282970b02a308d75f6d200cLet's start with nothing is perfect -- nothing.  It's important to know that just like outdoor grilling (or any other method of cooking for that matter), when you are dealing with a heat source, you can't just walk away and take a nap.  Indoor grilling requires attention. It's super-important to remember that you are indoors, and, there can and will be smoke resulting from food that are rich in fat -- highly-marbled steaks, fat-rimmed pork chops, bone-in skin-on chicken breasts, etc.  To reduce smoke generated on your indoor grill, trim all excess fats from all proteins, and/or choose lean cuts -- chicken tenderloins or boneless-skinless breasts and pork tenderloins are my favorite, but,  flank steaks, shrimp and, of course, all vegetables work great too.  Some open grills can let fat or excess marinade drippings drip down into heating elements, and, while the risk of fire is minimal, be cautious because it can happen.

Indoor grilling is simple, straightforward & quite successful:

6a0120a8551282970b02a2eecd684f200dTo marinate or not to marinate -- that's completely your choice.  Marinades are flavorizers not tenderizers.

6a0120a8551282970b02a2eecd6840200dA common misconception is:  to marinate is to tenderize.  It doesn't work that way.  In the food world, marinades for proteins act as flavorizers, not as tenderizers, meaning:  the longer you marinate, the more flavor will be infused into the protein.  Even 15-minutes will go a long way to flavoring the finished dish.  Moral of the story:  The tenderness of the protein being cooked is dependent upon knowing the proper cooking method.

How to indoor-grill whole pork tenderloins.

6a0120a8551282970b02a2eecceba4200d2-4 pounds whole pork tenderloins, 2-4 tenderloins

1  cup of your favorite marinade for pork (optional)

6a0120a8551282970b02a30d4447c2200b 6a0120a8551282970b02a2eeccebc3200d6a0120a8551282970b02a2eeccebc3200d6a0120a8551282970b02a2eeccebc3200d~Step 1.  Using a thin, sharp knife or a pair of kitchen shears, judiciously trim or snip tenderloins of any thick silverskin or excessive fat from their surfaces.  In a 1-cup measuring container or a small bowl, stir together all of the marinade ingredients as listed.  Pour the marinade into a 1-gallon food storage bag, add the  tenderloins, seal the bag and toss to coat.  Marinate in refrigerator for 4-6 hours or overnight.  Remove from refrigerator 1-1 1/2 hours prior to grilling. 

6a0120a8551282970b02a308d6e56f200c 6a0120a8551282970b02a308d6e56f200c 6a0120a8551282970b02a308d6e56f200c 6a0120a8551282970b02a308d6e56f200c~Step 2. Spray grill grids of  electric countertop grill with no-stick cooking spray and heat grids over medium. Remove tenderloins from marinade (allowing excess to drizzle back into the bag), place tenderloins, side-by-side on hot grill grids and cook until golden and just cooked through on both sides, turning only once, about 6-7 minutes per side (for an initial total of 12-14 minutes).

6a0120a8551282970b02a308d6e591200c 6a0120a8551282970b02a2eeccec4a200d 6a0120a8551282970b02a2eeccec4a200d 6a0120a8551282970b02a2eeccec4a200d 6a0120a8551282970b02a308d6e5b2200c~Step 3.  With the aid of a spatula or a pair of tongs, working one-tenderloin-at-a-time, roll each tenderloin, left then right, onto its two un-seared sides, to put a quick sear on them as well, about 1 minute per tenderloin. Lower the heat to medium-low and, once again, continue to cook tenderloins on both sides, turning only once, about 6-7 minutes per side, or, until a meat-thermometer inserted into the thickest part of their centers reads 145º-150º.  

The total cooking time for four tenderloins is approximately 28-32 minutes.  

Turn the grill off and allow pork to remain on warm grill grids 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally during this rest period, prior to slicing, thick or thin, and serving as directed in specific recipe.

Use any way you want, or, as directed in specific recipe.  Great in sandwiches, on salads or as a main-dish w/all sorts of sides. 

6a0120a8551282970b02a308d6e5b2200cHow to Indoor-Grill Amazing Whole Pork Tenderloins:  Recipe yields 2-4 pounds pork/2-4 pork tenderloins/8-16 servings.

Special Equipment List: cutting board; chef's knife; 1-cup measuring container (optional); 1-gallon food-storage bag (optional); electric countertop grill; spatula or tongs; instant-read meat thermometer

6a0120a8551282970b02a2eeccec96200dCook's Note:  If you are a lover of Tex-Mex fare too, I just happen to have a go-to marinade for that too. Try my garlic & onion powder, Mexican oregano, chili powder and lime laced ~ Tex-Mex Marinade for Beef, Poultry or Pork ~.

"We are all in this food world together." ~ Melanie Preschutti

Recipe, Commentary and Photos courtesy of Melanie's Kitchen/Copyright 2022)


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