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In the heat of the summer, cooking is hard for me. We have a gas stove and a small kitchen so it gets HOT! And since we have a swamp cooler, it can take some time to get things cooled down. It can be downright miserable and I’ve resorted to cereal and cold sandwiches on occasion because I just can’t get myself to enter that hot kitchen!
That’s the reason why I enjoy grilling. I don’t have to get the kitchen all stuffy and hot. Plus, there is nothing better than the flavors the grill creates. My kids love watching the flames start and helping me prepare what they can to throw on the grill. I’ll admit, though, I’m not the best at grilling. I usually forget to marinate the meat because I often decide what to cook later in the day. The results often lead to tough meat without much flavor. It’s still good but the flavor possibilities that marinade open up are too amazing to ignore.
I’m so happy that I found a great solution to my marinade problem. While at Walmart on a recent shopping trip, I came across Smithfield Marinated Pork. You heard right-the meat is already marinated! No more tough, flavorless meat.
They have a great selection of flavors too. I decided to create a yummy recipe using less than 5 ingredients for the grill with their Peppercorn and Garlic Pork Tenderloin. This is my recipe for Grilled Parmesan Pork Tenderloin.
When you open the package, be prepared for the most amazing smell! Just the marinade alone made my mouth water. I put the tenderloin in a container and dumped some balsamic vinegar on both sides. This added an extra layer of flavor. I seriously love Balsamic Vinegar! Next, mix together the parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. If you have regular bread crumbs, add the Italian seasoning. If you’re using Italian Bread Crumbs, you don’t need to add the additional seasoning. Next, rub the mixture all over the tenderloin.
Next, fire up your grill to medium heat. Place the tenderloin on a grill pan covered in parchment paper. Cook the tenderloin for about 5-10 minutes, depending on the heat of your grill, on each side until the breading is more solid. Then, remove the parchment paper and place the tenderloin on a grill pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Close the lid and let the tenderloin cook over medium heat for 30 minutes. Check occasionally to be sure it’s not burning and turn halfway for more even cooking.
When it’s done, the tenderloin will be moist, juicy, and have a nice browned layer of parmesan cheese. The flavor combination is out of this world! My family came running as soon as I brought inside because the smell got their tastebuds watering.
I can’t tell you how happy I am to have found an easy and flavorful solution for grilling! The best part about our meal was that we didn’t need any additional sauces or seasoning. Normally, we have to add salt, pepper, and BBQ sauce. I can’t wait to try the other flavors they have at Walmart! And lucky for us, they have a coupon right now for $2.00 off (while supplies last). Grab your coupon and bring your family something they will love home for dinner!
- 1 Smithfield Garlic and Peppercorn Marinated Pork Tenderloin
- 1 cup bread crumbs (may use Italian bread crumbs)
- 1 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 Tbsp Italian Seasoning (if you use regular breadcrumbs)
- Remove pork from packaging. Splash balsamic vinegar all over tenderloin. Combine bread crumbs, cheese, and seasoning together. Spread and run into tenderloin, covering entire tenderloin. Heat grill to medium heat. Place tenderloin on parchment wrapped grilling sheet. Cook 5-10 minutes on each side until breading is set. Then, remove parchment paper and place tenderloin on a grilling sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Cook an additional 30-40 minutes on grill over medium heat. Turn halfway through for even cooking. Tenderloin should be cooked through.