Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Blackberry Red Wine Reduction Sauce
1 unseasoned pork tenderloin, or 4 boneless chops
1 shallot, minced
2 tsp. olive oil
2 cups red wine (I used a Cabernet-Sauvingnon)
2 cups fresh blackberries (about 2 pints)
1 tsp. lemon zest
Juice from one lemon
2 heaping Tbsp. seedless blackberry preserves, no sugar added
3 sprigs fresh thyme
2 tsp. sugar (see note in directions)
•salt & pepper to taste
Preparation: The night before you plan to make the meal (or even the morning-of if it’s for dinner), rub the thawed pork on all sides with salt, black pepper, garlic powder and rosemary (fresh would be great but I had dried in stock). Since there’s already a decent amount of sodium in the pork, it doesn’t need a lot of salt. Wrap the tendrloin in clear plastic wrap and store in a container in the refrigerator.
When ready to prepare the meal, take out the pork and it let come to room temperature. Meanwhile, preheat the grill (we use a charcoal grill, so I’m not sure of the temperature if you’re using a gas grill).
Once hot, grill the pork 15 min. on each side, about 30 min. total. Some recipes suggest searing the pork for a couple of minutes on either side and then cooking it through on a medium heat. It is recommended to cook pork to 160 degrees, but be careful not to overcook it.
When cooked, remove from grill, let rest for 5-10 min. and slice.
To make pork in oven, cover a shallow baking dish with foil and spray with cooking spray. Place pork on foil and bake at 350 degrees about 45 min. or until pork reaches 160 degrees.
Heat 2 tsp. olive oil (plus a little olive oil spray) in a skillet over medium heat. Mince shallot and sauté until mostly translucent. Increase to med-high, add wine and bring to a boil. Let liquid reduce a bit, stirring some to make sure the shallot isn’t sticking to the pan.
While waiting for wine/shallot mixture to boil, wash blackberries, put in a bowl and mash easily with a potato masher (otherwise blackberry juice will spray everywhere!). I did it in the sink to avoid any blackberry juice stains. Another option is to purée them in the food processor and then strain them with a fine strainer to remove the seeds. For a thicker sauce, use the potato masher. I would equate the mashing with “coarsely chopping” (i.e. still lumpy).
Once the wine mixture has reduced some (let boil about 5-8 min.), add freshly squeezed lemon, lemon zest, fresh blackberries, blackberry jam, fresh thyme, sugar (note: omit sugar if not using sugar-free jam), a dash or two of salt and some black pepper. Stir everything together, allow the jam to mix in well, and reduce heat to medium or medium-low. Simmer uncovered for about 30 min. or until sauce thickens to desired consistency, stirring occasionally.
Top sliced pork with blackberry sauce.
Sauce Makes about 8 servings. Because of my desire to eat this dish immediately, I didn’t figure out exactly how much it makes, but I estimate it has about that many servings, based on our leftovers. The pork probably serves 4.
Tonight, I am serving with overn roasted potatoes with fresh rosemary, garden salad and fresh fruit compote with a little Port Wine poured over the fruit.