Smoky grilled onion and your favorite barbecue sauce transform grilled pork tenderloin into a hearty pulled pork sandwich, perfect as a potluck dish or simple dinner. If you're concerned about sodium, be sure to choose a lower-sodium barbecue sauce.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, August/September 2006
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Combine orange juice, lime juice, vinegar, chipotle and sauce, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper in a blender or mini food processor. Blend or process until the chipotle is chopped and the mixture is relatively smooth. Pour into a sealable plastic bag, add pork and seal, squeezing out any excess air from the bag. Turn to coat with the marinade. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and up to 8 hours.

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  • Preheat grill to high or heat a large indoor grill pan over high heat.

  • Remove the pork from the marinade (discard marinade). Grill the pork, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted diagonally into the center registers 145 degrees F, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

  • Meanwhile, lightly brush onion with oil and grill until lightly browned and soft, turning once, 4 to 5 minutes. Let cool on a cutting board.

  • Lightly toast buns on the grill or in the pan.

  • Chop the onion; transfer to a large bowl. Shred pork using two forks; add to the bowl. Add barbecue sauce and stir to combine. Divide the pork (about 1 cup each) between the buns.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Marinate the pork in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Cover and refrigerate the grilled pork for up to 2 days. Serve cold or reheat before serving.

Chipotle chile peppers in adobo sauce are smoked jalapeños packed in a flavorful, spicy sauce. Look for the small cans with Mexican foods at large supermarkets. Once opened, they'll keep for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer.

One pork tenderloin typically weighs about 1 pound, enough for 4 servings. You can marinate a whole pound in the same amount of marinade used to marinate the 8 ounces in this recipe and have enough cooked tenderloin for 2 dinners (for 2 people). Or freeze half for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts

351 calories; protein 26g 52% DV; carbohydrates 45.2g 15% DV; exchange other carbs 3; dietary fiber 4.4g 17% DV; sugars 21g; fat 7.7g 12% DV; saturated fat 1.6g 8% DV; cholesterol 59.6mg 20% DV; vitamin a iu 124.2IU 3% DV; vitamin c 8.4mg 14% DV; folate 23.7mcg 6% DV; calcium 77.7mg 8% DV; iron 2.4mg 14% DV; magnesium 71.3mg 26% DV; potassium 641.6mg 18% DV; sodium 857.5mg 34% DV; thiamin 0.9mg 92% DV; added sugar 16g.

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05/27/2012
Savory and delicious!! The chipotle flavor from the pork tenderloin really complemented the bbq sauce. I couldn't believe how delicious it was and under 350 calories too. I marinated the tenderloin all night and baked it in the oven at 375 for 1 hour. Will definitely be making this again! Pros: Awesome flavor Cons: Takes time to prepare Read More