blackberry jalapeno glazed pork tenderloin

grilling season is fully upon us, this weekend more so than ever.

break up the monotony of the hamburgers & hot dogs {yes, they’re good but by the 4th cookout…ENOUGH ALREADY.} & become the hero of the grill by cooking up this insanely good piece of meat.

brined to tender perfection & topped with an amazing sweet & spicy blackberry jalapeno glaze, this pork tenderloin has the potential to make even vegetarians weep openly with joy.

yeah.  that good.

serves 6-8

1/4 cup, plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
3 cups warm water
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 cup ice cubes
2 pounds pork tenderloin, silver skin removed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 to 2 jalapenos, roasted, seeded & minced
1 tablespoon garlic, chopped
1/2 cup seedless blackberry preserves
1 1/4 cups red wine (like a merlot), divided
1/2 teaspoon cornstarch

in a gallon sized ziploc bag, dissolve 1/4 cup of kosher salt in the warm water. add vinegar, red pepper flakes, brown sugar, ice cubes & pork. set aside & let brine for 20 minutes. time it. any longer & the pork will lose its delicious texture.

while the pork is brining, make the blackberry jalapeno glaze.  melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium high heat.  toss in the jalapenos & garlic & cook for 3-4 minutes, until softened.  stir in the blackberry preserves & 1 cup of the wine.  bring to a simmer, stirring well, & reduce by half.

while the glaze is reducing, whisk together the remaining 1/4 cup of wine & cornstarch.  once the glaze has reduced, stir the cornstarch mixture in & cook for 5-6 more minutes, until thickened & irresistible.  keep warm until pork is done.

after 20 minutes, remove the pork from the brine & pat dry with clean kitchen towels or paper towels.  preheat the grill to medium high.  rub with olive oil & season with remaining salt & freshly ground pepper.

place the tenderloin on the grill & cook for about 6 minutes on each side, browning evenly along the way.  when an instant read thermometer reaches 135° in the center of the tenderloin, brush 1/4 cup of the glaze evenly over the pork.  cook for 5-6 more minutes, or until desired doneness is reached.  transfer to a cutting board & cover with an aluminum foil tent.  let rest for at least 5 minutes.

slice & serve alongside remaining glaze.

from guy fieri, food network

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