What’s better than one kind of pork? Why, two of course! This easy weeknight family meal is great whether cooked in the oven (which I did on this cool, grey autumn day) or grilled outside.
- 2 x 1.5-2lb pork tenderloin
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 8 uncooked bacon strips
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
- 3 tbsp sugar-free maple syrup (I used Mrs. Butterworth’s)
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Heat olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Season tenderloin with salt and pepper then add to pan, searing on all sides until they are deep golden brown. Remove from heat.
- Wrap each piece of tenderloin with 4 strips of bacon. Place each tenderloin on a rack over a foil-lined cookie sheet.
- Make glaze and brush over each tenderloin, reserving a bit of glaze for finishing.
- Put in oven to cook for 25 minutes. Remove from oven, brush on remaining glaze and return to oven for another 8-10 minutes.
- Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
I bought my partner a smoker for our anniversary recently, and our first attempt at baby back pork ribs was a lip-smackin’ success! He found this low carb barbecue recipe for Lexington Bubba Q Juice that I was happy to replicate – and now share with you. This would be great on any grilled meat, but trust me on the ribs!!
- 2 cups cider vinegar
- 2 cup ketchup (Heinz Reduced Sugar)
- 1 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp chili powder
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 Tablespoons tomato paste
- A sprinkle of cayenne to taste
Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil; lower heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes (longer for a thicker sauce). Makes 3 cups of sauce (about 1 net carb per oz).
I came up with this low-carb idea when temperatures sizzled this week. When it’s too hot to turn on the oven? Turn up the heat outside on the grill and make foil packet dinners!
I used 2 layers of sturdy aluminum foil. In the center, I included:
- 4-5 large uncooked shrimp
- 1/2 cup green beans (parboiled/partially cooked. I put parboiled potatoes in the rest of my family’s foil packets)
- 3 small pieces corn (not low carb, but it was a real treat! To cut the corn small, chop uncooked cobs into three, then halve each third down the middle. Three cobs made enough to feed four people.)
- 5-7 thick slices of garlic sausage (or your favourite sausage)
Melt 2 tbsp melted butter with 1/2 tsp garlic powder, salt and pepper (optional: add Old Bay Seasoning, cayenne, parsley or cajun seasoning for a kick!) then pour over your pile of ingredients. Fold edges of foil to the center and seal it tight.
Cook on hot grill for 12-15 minutes, flipping half way through. Serve with additional butter and spices, if desired.