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Monday, December 12, 2011

BBQ Marinated Pork Loin

Hey "Q" fans! I've got a quick little post for you. I made a pork loin for dinner last night and it was really good. I took a one pound (really about 1 1/4lb) pork tenderloin and placed it in a 1 gallon zip bag. I then marinated it in some Abrams Original bbq Sauce for a few hours.

A little note about Abrams: We originally met via twitter and got the chance to meet in person at Pork in the Park. We also both attended the MD State BBQ Bash. Abrams BBQ & Catering is a small, family run catering business plus, they have 2 tasty sauces and are great people. As for the sauce, I love the way the peach flavor in Abrams sauces comes through in the pork. Now on to the good stuff!

After removing the pork loin from the marinade bag, place it in a baking dish. Set the marinade aside for later. Bake the pork in a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes per pound or until the internal temp reaches at least 145.

Take the reserved marinade and bring to a boil in a small pan. Since it was with raw meat, you want to be sure and boil it (or throw it away and use fresh sauce for basting). With about 10 minutes left, baste the loin with some marinade and then repeat again in 5 minutes.

Once the loin is cooked, remove it from the oven and let it rest about 10 minutes. Slice and serve with your favorite sides. I paired my pork loin with some mac & cheese, rice pilaf & mixed vegetables. There you go, nothing to it but to "Q" it!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Chicken Cheddar Bacon & Swiss

Hey there "Q" fans! I took a break from posting last week due to the Thanksgiving Holiday, but I'm back. I've got another great recipe for you. For this post, I'm going to be in the kitchen, giving you a great entree. It's a fairly simple recipe, so here's what you need:

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Your favorite Seasoning (I'm using Original Todd's Dirt)
Your favorite BBQ Sauce (I'm using Original Doomer's "Q" Sauce)
Swiss cheese (slices)
Small block Cheddar cheese (cubed)
Bacon (cooked and diced)

You'll need to pound the chicken breast flat. An easy way to do this is to take 2 sheets of plastic wrap and place the chicken between them. Using a kitchen mallet, gently pound each filet. Place the flattened chicken breast on a plate and gently season each side with "Dirt". With the "bottom" of the breast up, add a little "Q" Sauce.

Next up you'll want to place the Swiss cheese and sprinkle it with your crumbled bacon. Then, place a few cubes of Cheddar on top. Roll the chicken breast and secure with toothpicks.

I then placed the rolled chicken breasts in a 9x9 glass baking dish that I coated with a little cooking spray. Place the baking dish in a 350 degree oven for about 35-40 minutes.

The chicken will have a nice golden color on the outside. Inside, the cheese is melted and creamy. The crispness of the bacon adds a little crunch too. Serve it up with your favorite sides and enjoy!!