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Welcome to Indiana, our culinary and regional lesson for this installment of Carbon Fiber Chef. So what do we have going on in Indiana, besides the classic Indy 500? Lots of Agriculture and Industry. More specifically, they are the leading producer of steel in the U.S. So what do you need to fuel the boys on the farm and in the mills? That’s right, a nice hearty meal. Indiana has become known for Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches. With the heavy German influence, it is no wonder it has become a staple in the diet of the citizens in this hard working state. A quality Pork Tenderloin Sandwich is not only filling but also provides sufficient proteins, calories and just enough healthy fats to keep you going strong. Plus if you want to include the bun, you are getting some quality carbs in there too! All of this translates well into refueling your body after a long workout and drinking your left over beer is always a plus, but then again there is no such thing as "left over beer".
There are thousands of recipes out there for Pork Tenderloin and each have their own respectable qualities but this one I am going to share is by far my favorite. Not only is it so easy to make and it is impossible to mess up but it is quick, delicious and will soon become your favorite too.
Lager Marinated Pork Tenderloin
• 2 pounds Pork Tenderloin
• ½ cup of your favorite Lager (You can spend money and waste good beer if you want to, but if not Natty Lite works just as well!)
• ¼ cup Soy Sauce (reduced sodium is always a plus)
• 1 Bay Leaf
• 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
• 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
• Salt and Pepper to taste
• 1 teaspoon Paprika (if you want some heat, if not gtfo of the kitchen)
• 6 Kaiser Rolls
Place pork in a large Ziploc bag. In a large bowl mix your Lager, Soy Sauce, Bay Leaf, Brown Sugar and Paprika. Using a wire whip stir until well mixed. Add the mixture to you Ziploc bag. Seal bag and let marinate in refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Turning occasionally.
Preheat oven to 400F. While oven is warming, heat olive oil in large ovenproof skillet on medium heat. Remove pork from bag and place in skillet. Let cook turning to brown each side for 8-10 minutes. Pour marinade in small saucepan and bring to a boil then let stand on low. This will be used as a sauce in the end.
Cover your ovenproof skillet and place in oven, cook until finished (internal temp 140F) roughly 12 minutes. Once done remove from heat and let stand for 10 minutes. Then slice pork for sandwiches to whatever thickness you desire, 1 inch is recommended. Place on Kaiser Roll and top with sauce.
So there you have it, some fun facts about Indiana that you may or may not have wanted to know along with an easy and delicious pork sandwich that you can impress all your friends with.
Prep: 5 mins; Cooking: 25-30 mins; Total active time: 35 mins.
Sean Murnane - East Coast Hooligan