Mojo Pork Tenderloins

I was given some wonderful pork tenderloin from Pitmans Farm, this was from their wonderful Berkshire pigs, this much underrated pork is known in Japan as Kurobuta “Black Pig” and is prized alongside Kobe Beef and Bluefin Tuna, so I was very excited to get cooking with the tenderest cut of this wonderful meat.

I made up a Mojo style marinade with lots of garlic lightly browned in sunflower oil, and deglazing the pan with lime juice and adding seasoning and some oregano. After this cooled, I marinated the tenderloins overnight.

I made the grill up with a chimney starter of charcoal, and set the Tuscan grill to heat up over the top.

I put together some onion lollies, slices of onion skewered to hold them together, some local stout sausages and also had some extra Padron peppers to grill.

The tenderloins took 4/5 mins a side, and the tuscan grill gave them some wonderful charred grill lines. They were cooked until just slightly pink and then rested for a few minutes before slicing against the grain.

Served with fresh out of the oven ciabatta and freshly dug Maris Piper spuds covered in butter and dill, made for a feast. The tenderloins were full of rich pork and zingy mojo flavour and were melt in the mouth tender.

If you get the opportunity to try some of this rare breed pork please give it a go, it’s so far removed from the tasteless mass produced pork from the supermarkets.

7 responses to this post.

  1. I’d agree it is a great way of buying your meat as long as you’ve got the freezer space
    cheers
    Marcus

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    • Thats true it takes about 1 and a half freezer drawers for me.

      They do do a 1/4 pig as well though (though it works out more expensive).

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  2. @frugalfeeding

    One way of doing it cheaper is to simply save up a few £ a month and buy a half a pig directly from the producer.

    I hope Marcus doesn’t mind me advertising them on his comments (though IIRC he can edit it out) but Panorama Pigs sell pork from Rarebreed & are champion breeders. (I’m not affiliated btw just enthusiastic)

    Their website is http://www.welshpigs.com and half a pig is £110 (£90 + £20 delivery) that may seem expensive, but it’s a minimum of 50lb so thats £2.20 a lb. Not only vastly cheaper than the supermarket, but enough to feed a family of 4 for months.

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  3. That all just looks fantastic. I watched a programme about rare breed pork recently. They are supposed to be exceptionally good in comparison to the supermarket stuff. The only thing is that it’s much more expensive, which I suppose is the reason I’ve not fried it yet!

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    • Yes it can be expensive, and i’m very fortunate to have a rare breed smallholder where I live, but I think it is definately worth it, often if you can buy direct from the farmer or can buy in larger volumes it can work out better, and the taste is well worth it. The traditionally cheaper cuts such as belly can be seriously tasty from rare breeds, and although they are more popular and hence more expensive nowadays, they can still be great value for money.

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