We are right in the middle of grilling season and this past week we did a brand new recipe-Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Blueberry Balsamic Glaze. Ok, I know what you thinking….blueberry glazed pork?? Yes, we know it sounds a bit different, but I will tell you this one was fabulous! And unless you saw the blueberries being placed into the saucepan to make the marinade, you would really have no idea the blueberries were the star of this recipe. So if you think your family might run the other way when you are making Blueberry Pork for dinner, just come up with your own name before serving! I can tell you that my husband and teenaged sons loved it!
It was not only full of intense flavor, but it was crazy simple. We just created a simple marinade on the stovetop using fresh blueberries and a few pantry staples to create some intense flavor, and then let the pork marinate for about 30 mins in the fridge. Just enough time to prep your veggies. Here is a photo showing the pork in all its blueberry glory:
Here is the recipe:
- 2 lbs pork tenderloin
- 1 cup of fresh blueberries
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp each salt and black pepper
Place all ingredients in a small saucepan and bring to low boil. Let simmer for about 10 minutes until most of the blueberries are broken down and the sauce becomes slightly thickened. Take off heat and let cool slightly.
Place pork in dish just large enough to hold it tightly. Season with salt and pepper. Take cooled marinade and pour over pork. Cover with foil and place in fridge for up to 30 minutes. Preheat grill to high. Remove pork from marinade and if making blueberry sauce, return leftover marinade to saucepan. Place pork on grill and cook for about 4 to 5 minutes each side. Lower heat to medium and continue to cook pork for about 15 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve alongside blueberry sauce, recipe below.
To make Blueberry Sauce:
Return blueberry marinade to small saucepan and bring to a rolling BOIL and continue to boil for 5 mins until sauce is thickened. You will need to stir frequently so it does not stick to bottom of pan. IMPORTANT: please make sure the marinade is brought to a boil for safety reasons!