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Grilling Pork

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It's often said that one can eat every part of a pig but the squeal. Just about any part of the pig does well on the grill, too, if you know how to cook it. Proper grilling allows fat to melt away and delicious smoke flavor to penetrate the sweet meat. Pork is so easy to grill and so delectable, usually the main problem is not making a pig out of yourself.


Pork Kabobs

Pork kabobs are a grilling favorite. Place your favorite vegetables between the pork for an especially juicy taste.

To grill pork kabobs:
  1. Cut boneless pork chops into 1-1/2-inch cubes. Marinate the pork in your favorite mixture, reserving some of the marinade to use as a basting sauce.

  2. Remove pork from marinade and discard used marinade.

  3. Alternately thread pork and other ingredients, such as pieces of vegetables, onto skewers.

    When grilling pork kabobs, don't put too much food on one skewer.
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    Don't put too much food on one skewer.
    Keep the pieces spread for even cooking.

  4. Hot Tip!
    For the best kabobs, arrange ingredients that will cook in the same amount of time on each skewer. If one kabob holds pork chunks and tomato pieces, you'll overcook the tomatoes before the meat is done. An easy solution is to make separate skewers of ingredients that need similar cooking times. That way you can remove each kabob when it is just done.

    Also,
    if using disposable bamboo skewers, soak them in cold water for 10 to 15 minutes first to prevent burning.
    Grill kabobs, on covered grill, 15 to 20 minutes or until pork is barely pink in center, turning once and basting often with reserved marinade. Do not baste during last 5 minutes of cooking. Discard any remaining marinade.

Pork Tenderloins

The tenderloin's compact size -- typically between 3/4 and 1-1/2 pounds -- makes it ideal for a fast grilling. To keep the tenderloin juicy, be careful not to overcook it.

To grill pork tenderloins:
  1. Prepare barbecue grill for direct cooking.

  2. Brush tenderloins with oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

  3. Place tenderloins on center of preheated grid.

  4. Grill tenderloins, on uncovered grill, over medium-hot coals for 8 minutes.

  5. Turn tenderloins with tongs; continue to grill, uncovered, for 5 minutes.

  6. Brush tenderloins with barbecue sauce, if using, and continue to grill, uncovered, for 7 to 10 minutes or until pork is juicy and barely pink in center, brushing with remaining sauce and turning halfway through grilling time.

    When grilling pork tenderloin, brushing with a flavorful sauce enhances the flavor of pork tenderloin.
    © 2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Brushing with a flavorful sauce enhances
    the flavor of pork tenderloin.

  7. If using an instant-read thermometer, insert thermometer into center of thickest part of tenderloins. Thermometer should register 160°F.

    Remember: Do not leave an instant-read thermometer in the tenderloins during grilling. These thermometers are not heatproof.
    © 2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Remember: Do not leave an instant-read
    thermometer in the tenderloins during
    grilling. Thermometers are not heatproof.


Pork Chops

Whether you choose boneless center-cut chops for convenience, or loin chops with the bone attached, the cooking time for all pork chops is basically the same. The length of cooking primarily depends on the thickness of the chop, which can vary from 1/2 to 2 inches.

To grill pork chops:
  1. Trim excess fat from pork chops with utility knife.

    Trimming the fat will help reduce grill flare-ups when grilling pork chops.
    © 2006 Publications International, Ltd.
    Trimming the fat will help reduce grill flare-ups.

  2. Prepare barbecue grill for direct cooking.

  3. Place chops on preheated grid.

  4. Grill pork chops, on covered grill, over medium coals 10 to 12 minutes or until pork is juicy and barely pink in center, turning halfway through grilling time.
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