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Sliced Grilled Pork Tenderloin BBQ Sandwiches with Apples and Red Onions

Serves 4

Originally aired

INGREDIENTS
  • For the Maple BBQ Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 large cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup dark amber maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon allspice, 1/3 palmful
  • Coarse black pepper
  • 1 large pork tenderloin, about 1 1/4 pounds, well-trimmed
  • EVOO Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 small, firm Gala or other crisp apples, thinly sliced
  • Freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large bundle watercress, trimmed and cleaned
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 crusty oblong rolls
  • White sharp cheddar cheese optional
PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 425F.

Combine ingredients for the Maple BBQ sauce in pot and bring to a bubble then reduce heat to low and simmer gently 20-25 minutes to thicken.

At the same time, heat grill pan or cast-iron skillet. Season the tenderloin well with salt and pepper, and drizzle with EVOO. Cook over medium-high heat to brown all over then transfer to oven to cook through, 20-25 minutes.

Melt butter in a skillet over medium heat and add apples. Season with nutmeg; add onion, salt and pepper then saut to tender-crisp, 5-6 minutes.

Dress the watercress with lemon juice, EVOO, salt and pepper.

Slice pork, arrange on rolls and top with lots of sauce or toss the pork slices in the sauce before piling on rolls. Melt cheese, if using, over the top of pork under a hot broiler then top with apples and onions, and watercress, and set bun tops in place.

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