Pork Be Inspired

The good folks at The National Pork Board have teamed up with Guy Fieri to present a great new recipe that is perfect for summer grilling. They've also provided an excellent grilling gift pack that I'll be giving away.

If you've been following this blog at all you know that I am a huge fan of pork on the grill. You just can't go wrong with the versatility and great flavor of barbecued pork.

In addition to tasting great, it's also good for you. Many people don't know that ounce for ounce, pork tenderloin is as lean as a skinless chicken breast. And now that the USDA has lowered pork cooking temperature guidelines to 145º, you can now get an even juicier, tender, medium-rare grilled masterpiece.

Go get a couple slabs of spare ribs and try this new recipe from the self-proclaimed "Pal-of-Pork" himself.

Cuban-Style Grilled Spare Ribs with Mojo Sauce

8 lbs pork spare ribs, trimmed of excess surface fat, silverskin removed, cut into 5 or 6 slabs
2 Tbsp granulated garlic
1 Tbsp kosher salt
1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

Mojo Sauce
1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup Fresh orange juice
1/3 cup Fresh lemon juice
2 Tbsp Fresh lime juice
3 Garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp Chopped cilantro
2 Tbsp Chopped flat-leaf parsley
2 Tbsp Finely chopped chives
1 Tbsp Honey
1/2 tsp Ground cumin
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Preheat an outdoor grill for indirect medium heat. For a gas grill, remove cooking grates. Preheat grill on high. Turn one burner off. Place disposable aluminum foil pan over off burner and add 2 cups water. Replace grates. Adjust heat to medium (350°F). For a charcoal grill, place disposable aluminum foil pan on one side of charcoal grate; add 2 cups water. Build fire on opposite side, and let burn until coals are coated with white ash. Spread coals in grill opposite pan and let burn 15-20 minutes. Position cooking grate in grill.

Mix granulated garlic, salt, and pepper a together in a small bowl to make a basic seasoning mix (the bright, bold flavor will come later from the mojo sauce). Season ribs all over, rubbing seasoning into the ribs well. Arrange ribs over foil pan (a rib rack works great) and cover the grill. Grill, turning occasionally, until the ribs are nicely browned and the meat is beginning to pull away from the bones, about 1 1/2 hours. (For a charcoal grill, add 12 briquettes to coals after 45 minutes.) This gets the ribs nice and smoky for a great base flavor.

Carefully transfer ribs to a platter. Wrap each slab in a double thickness of aluminum foil. Crimp foil edges to seal packet. Return the ribs to indirect medium heat. (For charcoal grill, add 12 more briquettes to coals.) Cover and grill ribs until very tender (caused by steam in foil), about 1 hours.

Meanwhile, make mojo sauce. Process ingredients in blender into smooth sauce, and season with salt and pepper. Refrigerate to blend flavors, at least 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning once more just before serving. Makes about 1 1/3 cups.

Return ribs to platter. Carefully unwrap ribs--the ribs will be very steamy and hot, so take care--and discard foil. (Ribs can be prepared up to 1 hour ahead at this point. Or cool, cover, and refrigerate for up to 4 hours.)

Prepare a hot fire in grill. (For a charcoal grill, build a fresh fire, let burn until coals are covered with ash.) Return unwrapped ribs to grill and cover. Grill, flipping occasionally, until sizzling, 6 to 8 minutes.

Transfer ribs to a carving board and let stand for 5 minutes. Cut into individual ribs and place on a clean platter. Serve ribs with mojo sauce, allowing each guest to spoon sauce over ribs to taste.

Prep: 30 minutes
Total time: 3 hours
Serves: 6

As I mentioned, The National Pork Board is providing the following grilling gift pack to one fortunate reader:

  • Guy’s new cookbook - Guy Fieri Food: Cookin’ It, Livin’ It, Lovin’ It
  • Four big, bold BBQ sauces featured in Guy's BBQ Sampler Set (I reviewed them here)
  • $25 gift card to purchase pork at a local retailer
  • The ultimate grilling tool set
  • Digital thermometer

The rules are pretty simple.

  • To enter, just leave a comment here telling me a little about your favorite pork from the grill.
  • This giveaway is open to all entrants residing in the United States only.
  • Since I need a way to contact the winner, your comment must either link to or contain your e-mail address.
  • No entries will be accepted after 12 PM Mountain Time Sunday, July 17, 2011.
  • The winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries (via random.org).
  • The winner selected on Monday, July 18, and will be contacted via e-mail.
  • In the event that the winner cannot be contacted another winner will be chosen at random from all remaining eligible entries (via random.org).

Important: Again, I must have a way to find your e-mail address. If it's not in the comment text I will look at your profile and/or your blog(s). If you don't see your comment posted within a few hours, it's because I couldn't find your e-mail address.

Disclaimer:This is not a paid endorsement. The National Pork Board is not sponsoring this giveaway. They are simply supplying the prize pack.

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Blogger Trent said...
My favorite way has to be some good ole pulled pork. Can't beat it!
Blogger coltpixy said...
Love pulled pork but ribs are also a favorite. Either one cooked outside over smoke.
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Anonymous John Setzler said...
I'm a big fan of pulled pork. I love tossing a butt on the smoker and smelling the aroma of that cook all day long (or all night long) and then the joy of sampling it as I pull it apart!

John at Setzler dot net
Blogger Bekah said...
If I'm grilling, my favorite is a recipe I have for teriyaki grilled pork chops - yum! But probably the overall family favorite is barbeque pulled pork.
Blogger Unknown said...
Bone-in Chops on the grill with hubby's special garlic seasoning!
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Gotta give you some props and say pulled pork with a generous portion of PD rub! My second would have to be something I made a few weeks ago - chipotle lime marinated tenderloin on the grill.

Blogger Niki said...
Ribs are my favorite!

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Blogger Lynda said...
My favorite pork from the grill has to grilled ribs Kansas City style, but I also like barbecued pork chops.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
If I am smoking...pulled pork, hands down.
If I am grilling...thick cut chops w/a simple glaze of brown sugar, honey and hot sauce.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
I love pulled pork. I used to do it in my Crock pot and it was good. Now i am doing it on my smoker. And it is Great. WOW. After reading your reviews of Guy's BBQ Sauce i want to see if i can find it here in Colorado so i can do some pulled pork now.

I will say i love pork and i do prefer it to chicken so i do alot of chops and poin as well.

Anonymous Carolyn M. said...
I love baby back ribs on the grill! Butterflied pork chops a close second!
Carolyn M.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
hello John!! Its Adam Swoboda again, love all your recipes as usual, I would have to agree that pulled pork is fantastic but everyone is doing that, Im from the midwest in st louis and one of our staples around here is pork steaks!! oh so good, we usually rub them garlic and a commercial rub and let them sit then we throw them bad boys on the grill and either slather them with bbq sauce or honey mustard sauce. I think everyone who hasnt tried a good midwest porksteak is totally missing out in life and should run to thier local butcher and request some fresh cut pork steaks. I understand that porksteaks are not everywhere and personally I couldn't think of summer time without one, Thanks john, Adam Swoboda aswoboda@yahoo.com
Blogger Bryan said...
Thanks John! You always have great contributions to the Brethren.
As for my favorite pork, well I love to do a basic butt, but instead of BBQ profile, I will go more Mexican. That includes a mojo-style injection. Then I will pull it and throw it in a large cast iron skillet with a bit of oil to really crisp it up. Tacos for a week!
Blogger Kelly said...
I often cook marinated pork chops on the grill - yum! Thanks for this great give-away.
Anonymous The KAPN said...
Pork Steaks on the grill!
Basic Boston Butt sliced 3/4" thick and charred on the grill.
Changes the flavor dramatically from common pulled pork.

bbq@@@@@kapnkaos.com (delete the extra @'s)
I gotta say I love grilling pork tenderloin and fennel together! Awesome flavors!
Anonymous Cavan Allen said...
I get think, bone-in pork chops from a local farm. I have a "red sauce" that I make specific for these chops. It's a little bit of a thin BBQ sauce, a little spicy, and a little flavored like a Heinz 57 sauce. It's been a work in progress.

My favorite part? A little piece of the charred fat and then dipped into the sauce while standing in front of the grill. mmmmmmm. Mouth watering!

Blogger Kristen J said...
My husband is a grilling addict, and at least once a week during the good weather seasons we have some sort of pork from the grill. My favorite is just plain ole thick cut pork chops fresh from the meat market with a little olive oil and cracked pepper. My husband grills them to the perfect temp everytime. Simply divine!

(email is hugskissessmiles@gmail.com
Anonymous Corky said...
This sounds like a dandy recipe! Thanks for your blog!

jklapp at klappco.com
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I was pretty much raised on pork, so love pork cooked about any way there is.
Don't really have a favorite cut, loin to pork steak, it's all good.


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Anonymous Sunnie said...
I love my father in laws smoked pork!
sunniewoodyplus2 atmsn.com
Anonymous Ray Lampe said...
I made these today! Trim a couple big pork tenderloin, then cut the thick part into medallions about 1-1/2" thick. Wrap each with a slice of thin bacon (Double Pork!!) and stick with a toothpick. Sear, then grill slowly glazing with a mixture of apple juice and honey til done. drbbq@hotmail.com
Blogger Unknown said...
Wow! What an honor it is to have Dr. BBQ himself stop by my lil' ol' blog to comment. Thanks, Ray!
Blogger Chris said...
Hmmmm my favorite pork from the grill would have to be 1" or thicker bone in chops glazed with a cherry-bourbon sauce.
Blogger Anne said...
Hands down...smoked Boston butt!!! I've got a recipe that I've done both on the grill (with a smoker box), and on my smoker. Here's the recipe I use...
Anonymous Anonymous said...
We love smoked pork chops on the grill, my boys ask for them all the time. kristinafinck@hotmail.com
Blogger Rikki said...
I like to take thick chops and flatten them out a bit, use the tenderizing side a little, and then seal them in a ziplock with a little bit of oil, 2-3 smashed garlic cloves, some home-grown and dried tabasco peppers, and a healthy dose of Pampered Chef's Greek seasoning. A nice med-high heat to get them crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside and yummmmm :) Add some grilled sweet potato fries and corn on the cob and oh my!
Anonymous Becky said...
A nice pork loin marinated in italian dressing. YUM.

Blogger Kevin said...
I just love throwing a big juicy boneless pork chop on the grill and brush my favorite BBQ sauce on it!
Blogger Linda said...
My favorite pork from the grill is Spare Ribs.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
pork ribs with a dry rub

Anonymous Anonymous said...
spicy pork chops

ladcraig at hotmail dot com
Anonymous Anonymous said...
In the St. Louis area we love pork steaks made from center cut pork butts. The sauce makes them the best. Sweet or spicy works for me.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I'm a big fan of pork loin on the grill. I'll take it just the way it is, or with any/all sauces and accompaniments. If it's pork, I'll eat it.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I live in N.C., so I love pork BBQ! You don't have to ask how I like it prepared, since I live in NC! :-) I'm saving this recipe, and Ill def. try it out! scotthduke@gmail.com
Anonymous Anonymous said...
you just cant go wrong with ribs :]

Blogger daniel said...
My favorite is double cut pork chops grilled to just under medium. Add a little fimishimg sauce, usually a sweet sauce but sometimes a nice tangy sauce.
Anonymous Eerian Sadow said...
ah, there's not much better than some boneless chops dressed with a nice cajun rub and tossed on the grill. yum!

Blogger Marilyn Bishop said...
Pork shoulder brined in water, cider vinegar, molasses, cayenne, garlic and smoked all day! With cornbread. Abledrn@yahoo.com
Blogger Unknown said...
rowbeho@gmail ... I like any pork on the grill, bacon wrapped stuffed jalapeno's, pulled pork, bacon wrapped shrimp with a slice of jalapeno and cheese, ribs, pork loin stuffed with peppers, pork chops, and oh, bacon on the grill,,, did I mention I like bacon??????
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Its so hard to pick a fave when refering to pork! Pork is so versitle and welcoming to slow cooking and smoke that it virtually beckons the cook tobe creative. Example just lastnight I took a full tenderloin and butterflied it 4over then spread a homeade basil pesto, sprinkled with sundried tomatoes and peppers, then layed fontana cheese throughout. Then take and roll into a log, tie, then wrap in bacon. SOOOO good! I have plenty of pics of my "pork caterpillar" being built if u like ta see. When not feeling so creative u can't go wrong with some 6hr spares or a nice boston butt! Thank u and email at rbeemer@kc.rr.com
Blogger Meghan Varner said...
ribs or pork with dry rub usually are my favorites!! Though I will try almost anything that is grilled:) so glad it is summer and such beautiful weather so we can get outside more!

Blogger Angi said...
Nothing beats pulled pork, but we made some excellent pork kabobs last week on the grill. Oh man - I'm still drooling over those! I marinated those puppies and added them to garlic cloves, onion, mushroom and red pepper. They were delicious - even the ones my husband burned!

Blogger Unknown said...
We keep it simple by cooking the pork slow seasoned with oregano and hickory salt...my mouth is watering just thinking about it!
Anonymous angela stanley said...
I like to grill pork chops using a marinade I make from apricot jam, duck sauce, fresh garlic and soy sauce. I sear on high heat first then move to cooler part to finish. With the jam it could burn easily but its fantastic! My girls 11 and 6 yr olds <3 them!!

Blogger cubanchica129 said...
Inch thick center cut boneless chops marinated in my sour Orange based Cuban mojo. (Moms recipe) cubanbabe129@gmail.com.
Blogger Tyler said...
my favorite pork from the grill is a pork chop with a dirty bbq rub that includes dried chipotles, jalapenos, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper, and brown sugar.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
My favorite is Smoked Pork Shoulder done in my smoker, pulled and served with slaw.

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Blogger Liz S said...
I love grilled pork topped with pineapple mango salsa, and - of course - cooked medium, never well done!

Blogger Tyler said...
my favorite pork from the grill is a pork chop with a dirty bbq rub that includes dried chipotles, jalapenos, paprika, garlic, salt, pepper, and brown sugar.

Blogger Joe said...
I've read about pulled pork, ribs and tenderloin....nothing beats boneless pork chops with paprika, s&p, dark brown sugar and a lil cayenne cooked low & slow in my Big Drum Smoker. 225 degrees for about 80 minutes & voila....cooked to perfection.
Joe - joeestrada@verizon.net
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Perfect for a tailgate. My mouth is already watering.

Blogger navajotwin said...
Pulled pork, all the way.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...
Hands down -- pulled pork, fresh and juicy from the grill, is my favorite way to eat pork!

K Kampen
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I prefer pork over beef or chicken any day!! If I had to choose one right now, since it is grillin season, I would have to choose, pork kabobs!

A Mellies
Blogger Kurt said...
Has to be my Dad's pork chops(bone in).
Blogger Rosie Fluegel said...
Pulled pork...definitely!
Anonymous Anonymous said...
baby back ribs are the way to go.
with homade cola bbq sauce, and fresh cracked pepper.
chilli1bar@aol.com (chilli one bar)
Anonymous Anonymous said...
If I'm smoking pork...it's got to be pulled pork for me. Although if I'm grilling pork it's got to be pork tenderloin!

Bryan (tip7@comcast.net)
Blogger Unknown said...
I love pulled pork with garlic
Blogger Mindy said...
Smoked pulled pork is my very very favorite :)
Anonymous Anonymous said...
I love pulled pork and ribs, but my husband has got me hooked on his country style pork ribs, yum!
Anonymous Carrie said...
Pulled Pork!
Anonymous Andy said...
Hi John!

I'd have to go with some nice pork baby back ribs, you can never go wrong with them.

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Slow cooked and smoked pork shoulder for pulled pork using a home made rub and gently spritzed.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Pulled pork with an apple juice and captain morgans spiced rum sprayed on while in the smoker, done to perfection by my husband. Yum, Yum. Hiddenhills@cableone.net
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Thought I had already posted but can't find it, so if this is a repost give it a boot.

While I pretty much grill/smoke anything and everything probably my favorite is pork tenderloin because of the variety of methods you can use and the added ingredients you can incorporate. Plus it's dirt cheap around here.

My favorite way would be if you cooked it, but since that ain't happen I suppose ribs would be my next choice!
Blogger susitravl said...
Pork Chops! My husband makes the best rub - not sure of all the ingredients but it's spicy!
Anonymous CrazyChris said...
I'm still trying out some recipies but I'd have to say my favorite pork recipe is my Pork Spare Ribs with Whiskey Glaze recipe.

Take a rack of pork spare ribs and properly clean them, then add your favorite pork rub generously (I've yet to try making my own rub so, store-bought stuff for me for now). I usually do this the day before and let them marinate over night.

I then place the ribs, meat side up in the smoker at 225 for 4 hours, adding the glaze in the last 30 min. I have found cherry wood chips compliments the glaze perfectly but hickory works as well. Your choice. Take them out of the smoker, add some more glaze and place on the grill for 5 minutes. You then have some amazing ribs! Grill up some garlic-butter corn on the cob and you have yourself a meal!

The glaze works well with any bbq dish. I can't divulge my secret recipe but it includes whiskey, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder, and a few other secret ingredients.

Looking forward to see who wins!

Anonymous HerbS said...
Thick cut pork chops rubbed with an herb based rub.

Blogger Ron Lewen said...
My favorite is simple, but good. I buy bone in loin chops about 1 1/2 inch thick and brine them in a mix of water, kosher salt, brown sugar, soy sauce and Plowboys Yardbird rub for an hour, rinse them, dry them off and let them equalize in the refrigerator for an hour. Then I toss them on a hot grill for two or three minutes a side to get a nice sear and then finish indirect until the are 145 internal. Rest for 10 minutes before serving.
Anonymous Anonymous said...
My favorite pork dish is a couple of racks of spareribs, dry rubbed and done in my new smoker. I just got it and am still experimenting with different rubs. I have only used hickory chips for the wood smoke box but will be trying cherry and apple, maybe a bourbon barrel type too. The smoker does the ribs to perfection! I can't wait for the weekend to do more!

Another favorite pork dish is a thick cut pork chop done by the BBQ experts at the State Fair!

Blogger Kevin's BBQ Joints said...
I love cooking pork chops. On the grill or breaded and fried, it's just my thing right now.

Kevin Kelly
Kevin's BBQ Joints
Blogger Rikki said...
Did you ever pick a winner for this?
Blogger Unknown said...
Rikki - Yes, Christina of Albuquerque NM was randomly selected as the winner July 18.

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