Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Easy BBQ Pork Tenderloin

This meal is great for the family-on-the-go. The tenderloin comes out pretty tender, even cooked in the microwave using the instructions below. You can't do "pulled pork" with this version, but it cuts very easily, even with a butter knife.

I've never been a huge fan of BBQ sauce, but I did find a brand that I like, Cattlemen's. Alton Brown of the Food Network actually featured this brand on a show once, and said that it is used in many restaurants across the country. They sell it in a huge jug at Sam's Club. I got roped in once when they were sampling it. Since I have a deep freezer, I bought it, and froze it in zipper bags. If you're freezing BBQ sauce for future use, layer the bags flat on top of each other. Freezing the bags of sauce flat is also great for defrosting, which is very fast if the bag is thin.

One more note: I did this with the Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker, which is a stone, although I believe that it would work with any covered casserole that is microwave safe. It should fit the length of the tenderloin and not be squished in, nor should the liquid completely cover the meat, but rather come about halfway up.

Easy BBQ Pork Tenderloin

1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
1 cup water
1 pork tenderloin

Season your pork tenderloin and trim the fat off. In a microwaveable casserole dish (that has a lid), stir the water and sauce together. Add the tenderloin, coating on all sides. Cover and microwave for 10 minutes on high. Keep covered and let sit until ready to eat, up to 30 minutes.

Great (and healthy) served with black beans and corn, but get creative and do what fits your family!

Were you wondering about the picture? If you're hosting a formal meal, you can visit eHow here to see how to properly set the table. Au revior!

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