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During hot summer days, the last thing I want to do is heat up the kitchen by warming up the oven, so I often use the grill outside to make dinner. My kids have been getting a little tired of the typical summer grilled meals I’ve been making such as hamburgers and hotdogs. I wanted to make something different that the entire family would love, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time prepping or cooking. That is where Smithfield® Marinated Fresh Pork came in. Check out how we enjoyed “Real Flavor, Real Fast” with this Grilled Pork with Bacon and Potatoes recipe.
I headed over to Lucky to shop for a quick meal that I could grill up in 30 minutes or less. Lucky had lots of varieties of Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork, making it a perfect fit for all cooking styles and dishes. You can even cube it or slice it as I did for even faster cooking.
Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is made from 100% fresh pork with no artificial ingredients. The prep work is done for you because it is slow-marinated and perfectly seasoned. It comes in a variety of delicious cuts and flavors, making it perfect for any night of the week. There was one flavor in particular that jumped out at me.
The Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet sounded perfect for my bacon loving family. When I took it out of the package I was surprised by just how much bacon was on the pork. If you believe as I do, that bacon makes everything better, then you can imagine my excitement.
Since I was slicing the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet and grilling the slices, I placed the bacon on the top of the slices and pressed it in with a fork. The bacon stayed on during cooking and allowed us to have a taste of bacon in every bite of this yummy pork filet.
I made some simple grilled potatoes to go along with the grilled pork with bacon. I peeled some Yukon Gold potatoes and cut them into wedges. Then I tossed them in a bowl with some olive oil, salt, pepper and cilantro. I grilled them alongside the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet and they were the perfect side dish!
While you can certainly serve this Grilled Pork with Bacon on its own, I added some fresh veggies from the garden to make a tomato basil topping. I pick a few tomatoes, seeded them, added some chopped onion, garlic, olive oil and of course fresh basil. I ran this through a food processor on pulse so some chunkiness remained.
I scooped the tomato basil topping on the Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork before serving and it was a delicious touch that was made all the better because the produce was at the height of freshness.
I was very impressed that I was able to cook up this Grilled Pork with Bacon and Potatoes in under 30 minutes. It certainly looked like I spent hours on it. Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork is an easy meal solution for any night of the week, not just special occasions. Since the prep work is already done for you, you can deliver real flavor, real fast.
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- Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin Filet
- For tomato basil topping:
- 4 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- ¼ cup chopped red onion
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 clove of minced garlic
- pinch of salt and pepper
- For Grilled Potatoes:
- 2 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
- ¼ cup olive oil
- ⅛ cup chopped cilantro
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Heat gas grill to 375 degrees.
- Cut the pork loin filet into 1 to 1½ inch slices.
- Place the bacon from the pork loin on top of the slices and press down with a fork.
- Grill 7-8 minutes on each side or until internal temperature reaches between 145°F to 160°F.
- While pork slices are cooking, add seeded and chopped tomatoes, basil, red onion, olive oil, and salt and pepper to a food processor. Pulse a few times, leaving some chunkiness to the mixture.
- Pour over the pork slices before serving.
- For Grilled Potatoes:
- Peel and slice potatoes into wedges.
- In a bowl, toss potatoes with olive oil, salt, pepper and cilantro.
- Grill potatoes on grill on medium/high for 3 minutes on each side.
- Turn grill down to low and let potatoes continue cooking about 5-10 minutes longer until tender.
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