For dinner last night my mom and I marinated a couple of pork chops with balsamic vinaigrette dressing (one of the easiest marinades I have used and it works with so many things!) and it got me thinking about other ways to use pork. We usually have ground pork or pork chops when using pork. So what about little pork bites? These grilled barbecue pork bites are prefect for indoor and outdoor grilling or even on the broiler or on your stove top. Grilling isn’t just for the summer anymore!
- 1 pork tenderloin (3/4 to 1 lb)
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1 teaspoon packed brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne) (or more for some extra heat)
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing
- 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 medium green onion, finely chopped (1 tablespoon)
- Cut pork into 32 (1-inch) pieces; place in medium bowl. In small bowl, mix chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, garlic powder and red pepper. Reserve 2 teaspoons spice mixture; sprinkle remaining mixture over pork pieces; stir to coat completely. Let stand 15 minutes.
- In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, mustard, reserved 2 teaspoons spice mixture and the onion; set aside.
- Heat gas or charcoal grill. Spray grill basket (grill “wok’) with cooking spray. Spoon pork into basket.
- Place basket on grill. Cover grill; cook over medium heat 10 to 12 minutes, shaking basket or stirring pork once or twice, until pork is no longer pink in center. Serve with toothpicks and mayonnaise mixture for dipping.
- OR if you do not have a grill, heat a little bit of olive oil or canola oil in medium pan on medium heat. Cook pork 10 to 12 minutes until pork is no longer pink in the center. Serve with toothpicks and mayonnaise mixture for dipping.
Now I have a small craving for some good old fashioned southern barbecue ribs! 🙂 I cannot wait for summer to be here!