Grilled Chinese BBQ Pork Tenderloin


Hi all! Happy third Monday of the month!  That must mean I am posting on A Dose of Paige…right you are and this is one not to miss.  I am sharing a unique version of pork tenderloin – Grilled Chinese BBQ.  Busy night?  Well, with this recipe dinner will be ready in 20.  Head over to Paige’s blog to check out the delicious recipe!

Grilled Chinese bbq pork tenderloin



Slow Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches

{the easiest BBQ}


Have you ever planned things ahead and then never actually do the work?  Well case in point right here.  I was fully planning on posting a lot of BBQ dishes on the blog prior to the 4th of July… that went according to plan…  Unfortunately, I got caught up in work, traveling, and life in general.

Luckily, BBQs aren’t just for the holiday though.  We BBQ all the way through the fall when it requires a sweatshirt on when grilling [side note: can anyone smell the crisp fall air yet?  sometimes I get small inklings of that smell… not yet though].  So I don’t feel so bad for not posting one of my favorite barbecue recipes ahead of time.

IMG_4207Several years ago, when living in Chicago I was working a food demo at a Whole Foods & picked up a large pork shoulder to take home.  I planned to create some type of pulled pork recipe for dinner.  Little did I know, I would have pulled pork for days and days.  This recipe is perfect for a crowd!  For the amount you pay for the pork, you can feed a ton of mouths.  I make this recipe regularly because it is an easy one too.  Most of the ingredients (besides of the pork) can be found in your pantry and fridge.

So if you still have some lingering BBQs to attend or simply can’t get enough of them, try out my pulled pork recipe.  It is great for a weeknight meal as well because once you get home and open the door, you will smell the delicious aroma & know dinner is ready!  The combination of the dry rub & the simple sauce all meld together slowly, leaving the pork tender and full of flavor.  Please try it out! I hope you enjoy it :)

sara’s crockpot pulled pork

Recipe by:  Sara
Prep Time:  15 minutes   |||   Cook TIme: 8 hours   |||   Servings: 8-12   |||   Difficulty: Low

1 bone-in pork shoulder, 4-5 lbs
1/2 cup white onion, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
8-12 buns

For the rub:
1 Tbsp paprika
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 Tbsp garlic powder
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 tsp onion powder
1 tsp cayenne
2 tsp oregano
1 tsp thyme

BBQ Sauce:
1 cup ketchup
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup Worchestershire sauce
2 Tbsp yellow mustard
salt and pepper

1.  Combine all ingredients for the rub in a bowl.
2.  Generously rub all over the pork shoulder.
3.  In the crockpot, combine all the ingredients for the sauce, adding the garlic and onions.
4.  Add the pork and turn to coat.
5.  Cook on low for 8 hours.
6.  An hour before serving, remove pork and use two forks to shred the meat.
7.  Place meat back into the crock pot and stir to coat.
8.  Serve on buns with coleslaw.



Wonton Soup

{takeout at home part II}

What was supposed to be a “whatever” night turned into an amazing dinner.  I will toot my horn on this one, guys.  It turned out way better than I anticipated.  I had some ground pork in the fridge that needed to be used ASAP and I also had randomly bought some wonton wrappers.  I was thinking about making some type of dessert with the wrappers, but I wanted to keep on the Asian food train.  I have researched wonton soups for a while and decided to finally take the plunge.  I mentioned the idea to Bryan and he was instantly interested.

When I got home from work, we watched a few videos on how to fold the wonton.  We both tried and failed deeming this adventure a bust.  However, I fiddled around with one and decided I liked the way it turned out – authentic or not, it worked.  The wonton did not take long at all to make.  I thought this would be a cumbersome dinner, but it was actually quite easy and quick.  It’s a great recipe to make with someone and even gets kids involved.  Chase wasn’t here tonight, but I think he would enjoy making them.

Growing up I hated Chinese food so I am surprised by my intense interest in the Asian cuisine.  My palate obviously has changed and I now really enjoy Chinese food.  It is also very fun to make – I enjoyed making the fried rice like I mentioned in my earlier post.  And making the wonton was fun too.  They also can be very healthy, but full of flavor.

The soup was a perfect dish for tonight.  It was freezing outside so the piping hot broth warmed me up.  Bryan and I were able to make the soup together which is always fun :)  Don’t be scared and think this looks too complicated or is too time consuming.  It isn’t!  Try it out and you will be pleasantly surprised.  In my opinion, I thought it was better than take out.  I hope you try out my soup!  Let me know how it goes!


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Pork & Pineapple Fried Rice

{takeout at home}

I find that stir fry dishes are the easiest way to prepare a meal, especially when cleaning out the cupboards.  I knew I had a piece of pork tenderloin still in the freezer from my earlier post [Pad Thai Pork Tenderloin].  I decided to venture to Asia again and prepare a fried rice dish using the pork.  I was happy to know that everything except the green onions & seasoning packet I already had at home.  On my way home from work (ew I had to work on a Saturday) I picked up the onions and seasoning at the store.  Bryan and I were starving so I started making dinner at 4:30 – hello early bird special.

Normally, I venture away from seasoning packets as I love to create my own and I also used to work for a spice company so I find it challenging to stray from their spice blends.  However, I was so hungry that I decided to just grab one the stir fry seasoning packets at the store.  I also believe I need a restock on my Asian line from Urban Accents (check them out here).  I decided to go with the one that specifically noted NO MSG.  I love salt… a little too much, but MSG = malo.  The seasoning had great flavor – I definitely recommend the Sun-Bird line of Asian seasonings and sauces (click here for the blend).

Dinner preparation was very easy and enjoyable.  I love making stir fried dishes because everything goes in an order and this dish is no exception.  Follow the steps and you cannot go wrong.  If you are new to the cooking scene, I suggest starting with stir fry dishes as they are very hard to mess up – and you can add really anything you like to them.

The fried rice is a pretty healthy dish – especially if using brown rice and lean meat.  If you are looking to cut weight watcher points or calories, eliminate the pork and up the veggies or reduce the amount of oil (or try coconut oil).  Looking to add a bit more?  Add chopped peanuts or cashews.  I hope you enjoy :)


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Pad Thai Marinated Pork Tenderloin

  {a twist on a Thai favorite}

Lately, I have been interested in learning how to cook ethnic foods.  One of my favorite go-to recipes is my Shrimp Pad Thai (recipe post to come soon).  Pork tenderloin was on sale at Kroger so I snagged a large 2 pound piece.  When I opened it up there were two 1 lb pieces inside so another pork recipe will be posted again soon.  I had a taste for my Pad Thai so I decided to experiment with a Pad Thai marinade.  I prepared the marinade before work so the pork was able to absorb all the yummy flavors throughout the day.  The kitchen smelled amazing just while making the marinade!

Due to our surprisingly mild fall weather, it was a great night to bring out the grill.  When i came home from work Bryan had the charcoal grill fired up and ready to throw on my yummy pork.  Since the meat was already soaking all day, preparation for our Thai-inspired meal did not take long at all.  I boiled some long grain brown rice and steamed some edamame to go with the pork.  The marinade was reduced to a delicious glaze to pour over the meat.  Overall, I had some happy praises for my new creation.  It will definitely be a regular dish in our house.

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