Looking for a restaurant quality meal that you can make in the comfort of your own home? Today I’m partnering with Smithfield to bring you this simple summer recipe for Grilled Marinated Pork Loin and Texas Peaches!
What’s your favorite thing about summer? Over the past few weeks I’ve rambled on and on about why I love summer. From lazy days by the pool, to spontaneous summer road trips, I love everything summer has to offer! I especially love summer foods and firing up the grill to make simple summer recipes, like this recipe for Grilled Marinated Pork Loin and Texas Peaches.
However, ironically, I guess due to the more relaxed schedule summer brings, or the fact we are having way too much fun and staying out late to catch the midnight sunsets, I often let meal planning get off track this time of year. Dinners and other meals are usually just an afterthought during these lazy summer days, as I would rather be spending my days exploring than cleaning up the kitchen.
I often think that since I want to spend less time and energy meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking during the summer months, we have to live off of sandwiches and salads all summer long. And while I’ll never turn down a good sandwich or salad loaded with fresh seasonal produce, summer dinners can be so much more yet still super easy.
Yes, those rumors are true, even chefs and food bloggers like myself need a break from the kitchen, or at least need a little help with the meal planning and getting inspired in the kitchen! That’s why I was happy to discover a collection of simple chef inspired, restaurant-quality recipes and dinner ideas (including side dish suggestions) using Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork, like these Hearty Pork Butt Sandwiches with Bitter Winter Salad and Salsa Verde (shown below, click here for the recipe).
Eric’s favorite protein is pork, in fact he has always said if he could only eat one protein the rest of his life it would be pork, that’s how much he loves it! Needless to say, we eat pork a few times a week and so having some recipe inspiration from award-winning chefs from around the country, that are simple and only use a handful of ingredients is just the thing I need this time of year!
Today’s recipe, Grilled Marinated Pork Loin and Texas Peaches, was developed by Smithfield Prime award-winning chef partner, John Tesar of Knife at the Highland Dallas hotel. I love that this recipe uses all-natural Smithfield® Prime Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin, has a five-ingredient marinade, using pantry staples, and features fresh Texas peaches, a favorite of mine this time of year! Not only is this a simple summer recipe, this recipe is great for those Sunday backyard barbecues with the family because serves a crowd!
Looking for a restaurant quality meal that you can make in the comfort of your own home? Try this simple summer recipe for Grilled Marinated Pork Loin and Texas Peaches!
- 1 Smithfield® Prime Boneless Center Cut Pork Loin (about 4 lbs.)
- 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
- 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided
- 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, as needed
- 2 1/2 pounds small peaches, pitted and halved
- Mint jelly (optional)
Place pork loin in large bowl or casserole dish. Combine vinegar, mustard, brown sugar, 1 tablespoon mint and 1/4 cup olive oil. Pour marinade over pork loin, rubbing all over meat; cover and refrigerate 4 hours or up to 24 hours, turning over once or twice.
Remove pork from the marinade and place on sheet pan. Generously season all sides of loin with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.
Heat charcoal or gas grill for indirect cooking at 300oF. to 350oF. Toss peaches with remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil and 2 tablespoons mint; set aside.
Place pork, fat side up, in center of a grill roasting pan or basket. Place pan over indirect heat and cook for 30 minutes. Arrange peaches along sides of loin in the roasting pan. Cook until internal temperature of pork reaches 145°F. to 160oF., about 20 to 30 minutes.
Transfer pork to a cutting board, cover loosely with aluminum foil and let stand 15 minutes before carving. Slice pork and serve immediately with peaches. Garnish with mint jelly if desired.
Total time does not include 5 hour marinate time.
Recipe from John Tesar via Smithfield
Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork is all-natural, premium fresh pork that has no artificial ingredients, growth promotants, or added hormones or steroids. Stock up on Smithfield Prime Reserve while shopping at Sam’s Club and for more information and recipe inspiration, including the recipe for Ancho Chile Rubbed Pork Loin with Creamy Polenta and Fig Chutney (shown above), click here.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smithfield. All photos courtesy of Smithfield.