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Pork Tenderloin Sliders & Grilled Cheese with Fogo Lump Charcoal

September 22, 2016

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

Prior to prepping your loin, set your grill up for indirect heat and shoot for a temperature of 250-275 degrees. The Fogo Super Premium Lump Charcoal is your best bet as it has HUGE chunks and will keep a nice Low & Slow even temperature throughout your cook. 

Once you reach your desired temperature, toss a few chunks of apple or pecan wood on the coals. Let burn for about 10 minutes until you get a nice steam of clean smoke. Now, it’s on to our meat prep. Remove both tenderloins from the package and pat dry. With a sharp knife, start trimming the silver skin from the loins. The silver skin is the thin layer of skin that covers about 30 percent of the loin. A sharp knife is mandatory as you want to trim without removing a lot of meat. In the pic below, the silver skin is below the thin layer of fat.

After trimming, the loin should have very little fat and no silver skin remaining. The pork tenderloin is a very lean cut of meat and responds well to brining and marinating. The fat and silver skin can be seen in the upper portion of the cutting board. As you can see, we did not remove a lot.

Season the loins generously with your Lane’s Q-Nami seasoning. The Q-Nami rub has a nice balance of BBQ and Asian flavors which goes perfectly with pork.

tenderloin preparation

Once the loins are seasoned, add them to the pre-lit grill or smoker. These will only take about 30-45 minutes to reach an internal temp of 137-140 degrees.

While the pork tenderloins are taking a smoke bath, cut open your grilling cheese. This cheese can be cooked on high heat over hot coals or in a cast iron pan on the stove. It will get a crusty exterior and stay nice and creamy in the middle. It has a fantastic flavor and will be a crowd favorite, I promise. You can eat it as soon as it comes off the heat and is fantastic with a squeeze of lemon. Give it a try. There are several brands on the market, but my favorite style is Halloumi. Look for it at your nearest supermarket.

After about 30 minutes, start probing the loins with your ThermoPop thermometer. 

grilling cheese and tenderloin temperature control

Once the pork tenderloins reach 120 degrees, start basting them with the Lane’s Southbound Sauce. They are only about 20 minutes from being done. We want the sugars to start caramelizing and thicken over the meat. At this point, we can toss on the grilling cheese. The cheese only takes about 10-20 minutes to heat.

Once the loins reach 137 degrees, remove from the heat and tent with foil. The color on the loins is CRAZY. The spices from the rub mixed with the thick sauce is a perfect combo. AND IT’S HEALTHY!!!!

The grilling cheese starts to form a nice crust and will be super soft in the middle. Let it go for about five minutes a side over direct heat. As you can see, the cheese has beautiful grill marks.

tenderloin and grilling cheese over the grill

I let this go a little longer to see how much heat it would take (honestly, I didn’t forget about it). The crust was soooooo good and the middle was gooey like an after school grilled cheese. You know what I’m talking about. :)

Once everything is done, slice ’em up and put everything on your favorite slider bun. Throw a little Southbound sauce on there and you’re in business. As you can see from the pics, the pork is still a nice medium and has a slight smoke ring. I would not take these to anything above 150 degrees or they will be the same texture as your charcoal. Not a good thing.

Look at the texture of that cheese. It’s super creamy and has a crusty exterior. This is great by itself or on your favorite sandwich. And by favorite sandwich, I mean this Lane’s Southbound Pork Tenderloin Slider. Give it a shot and let me know what you think.

tenderloin sliders with grilled cheese

AUTHOR

This delicious recipe is brought to you by Joe Pichey from GoBlueBBQ





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