I can remember the smell of the cornish hens roasting in the oven, the sweet smell of Christmas cookies, and a lingering smell of wrapping paper. These are all memories from my childhood Christmas with family. Now that I am older and married.. we are starting new traditions.
The last few years I've started a new Christmas dinner tradition of mashed potatoes and pork tenderloin - among other things. This year, I was trying to save myself $10 and decided to go with a regular cut of pork rather than a tenderloin. Typically a pork tenderloin and can be found already seasoned. The cut of pork that I bought was not seasoned. It was time to get creative.
I found a couple of marinade tips on AllRecipes.com. Yes, I always claim not to use recipes from others but, I was in need of some help. So I took a recipe and made it my own...
Recipe of Pork Marinade
- 1/2 cup of soy sauce
- 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
- 3 TBSP of Liquid Smoke
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 2 cloves of grated or minced garlic
I marinated the pork in liquid smokiness for about 4 hours. I placed the pork in a baking pan and baked at 400 degrees for 75 minutes. The internal temperature should be 170 degrees if you are using a meat thermometer. Continue cooking until the internal temp reaches 170.
A bottle of liquid smoke will run you about $10. The price might be steep but the flavor is outstanding. It will add great flavor to any cut of meat.
I paired the pork with cheesy, garlic mashed potatoes and a salad with homemade dressing (Honey Mustard Vinaigrette).