Grilled pork tenderloin comes together fast and takes on classic French flavors with peppercorn sauce in the hands of Georgia’s Top Chef Kevin Gillespie
This flavor packed recipe for grilled pork tenderloin with green peppercorn sauce is adapted and republished with permission from Pure Pork Awesomeness by Kevin Gillespie with David Joachim. This book features more than 100 easy recipes using every part of the pig to its fullest.
Serve With: Your favorite pale ale or pilsner
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup Morton coarse kosher salt
- 1 pork tenderloin, about 1 ¼ pounds
- Coarse ground black pepper
- 1 ½ tablespoons grapeseed oil
- 1 carrot
- 2 stalks celery
- 1 small onion
- ¼ cup bourbon or rye whiskey
- 1 ½ cups chicken stock
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon jarred green peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon fresh parsley
- 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
- Make the brine. In a small saucepan, combine the brown sugar, salt and 2 cups of water. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring to completely dissolve the sugar and salt. Remove from the heat and pour into large metal bowl. Stir in ice cubes until mixture is cooled. It should take about a quart of ice cubes. Pour the brine into a gallon sized zip top bag and add the pork. Squeeze out excess air and brine for 1 hour.
- Remove the pork from the brine and pat completely dry. Brush the tenderloin with oil and season on all sides with the pepper.
- Fire up. Heat a grill to medium direct heat.
- Cook. Grill the pork, with the grill top closed, 5 minutes, then flip, grill 5 minutes more and repeat on final side until the interior temperature reaches 140°F. If using a grill pan indoors, heat over high heat, grill the pork covered with a domed lid for the same times. Remove the pork from the grill to a plate and tent to keep warm. The pork will cook a little more as it rests. Rest the pork for about 15 minutes before slicing. Make the sauce during that time.
- Make the sauce. Peel the carrot then finely dice the carrot, celery, and onion.
- Heat a skillet over high heat, add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan and swirl until shimmering. Add the carrots, celery, and onion, reduce the heat to medium and cook, tossing occasionally until the onions are translucent and soft, about 3 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat, add the whiskey and carefully tilt pan away from you, toward the flame and ignite. You can also use a long match to ignite the pan. Toss the vegetables and agitate pan until the flames burn out. Add the stock and cream, bring to a boil and continue to cook until the liquid is reduced in volume by half, about 5 minutes.
- Crush the green peppercorns under a heavy skillet or the broad side of your knife blade. Mince the parsley.
- Strain the sauce into a bowl and discard the vegetables. Return the sauce to the skillet, stir in the mustard and peppercorns. Return the sauce to high heat and bring to a simmer. Remove from the heat, swirl in the parsley and add salt and pepper to taste.
- Serve. Serve a spoonful of sauce over each slice of pork.