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Episode 108: The Brazilian Grill

Brazilian Pork Loin with Bacon and Prunes

Brazilian Pork Loin with Bacon and Prunes

Other Recipes from Planet Barbecue Episode 108 – The Brazilian Grill

Brazilians love rolled, stuffed meats, from chicken breasts to pork. Case in point, these luscious pork tenderloins. Bacon makes them salty and smoky, prunes make them sweet. The cachaça (potent cane spirits) give them kick. The recipe may look complicated, but it can be assembled in 10 minutes.

Serves: 6 to 8
Method: Direct grilling


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Brazilian Pork Loin with Bacon and Prunes

Ingredients

For the pork:

  • 20 dried prunes
  • 1 cup cachaça or rum
  • 2 pork tenderloins, each about 1 1/4 pounds
  • Coarse salt (sea or kosher)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 8 strips bacon

For serving (optional):

  • Your favorite recipe for black beans, then topped with chopped hard-cooked eggs

You’ll also need:

  • Butcher’s string

Recipe Steps

1: Soak the prunes in cachaça for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until they soften. Set aside.

2: Make a cut in the tail of each pork tenderloin (the narrowest end) and fold it over to make the tenderloin more uniform in thickness. Next, cut a deep pocket along the length of each tenderloin with a sharp knife. (Do not cut through to the other side.) Open up the tenderloins. Season the inside and outside of each with salt and pepper. Spread the inside of each with the mustard, then arrange the prunes on top of the mustard. (Snuggle them against the back of the cuts you made in the tenderloins.)

3: For each tenderloin, arrange 4 lengths of butcher’s string (each about 10 inches long) on your work surface; position them about 2 inches apart and perpendicular to your body. Lay a piece of bacon in the middle of (and at right angles) to the butcher’s string. Place the remaining bacon strips on the sides and top of the tenderloin. Secure the bacon by tying the strings; trim any excess strings.

4: When ready to cook, set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to medium-high. Brush and oil the grill grate.

5: Arrange the prepared tenderloins on the grill grate at a 45 degree angle to the grill grates. Grill, turning with tongs every 3 to 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 155 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.

6: Remove the meat from the grill; transfer to a cutting board. While the meat rests—allow 5 minutes—snip and discard the butcher’s string. Using a sharp knife (preferably, serrated), slice the tenderloins into 1/2 inch medallions. Shingle attractively on a serving platter. Serve with egg-topped black beans, if desired.

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