I need your help! Maple Leaf is hosting a new contest for its new Prime Pork - every cut I have tried - chops, loin, roast has been delcious and juicy! Many bloggers have been chosen to participate - and I am one of them! You can vote for me here.
Pork has been a staple in my life since I was a little kid. I remember my Dad frying up yummy pork chops for us as kids (pork chops and fried bolongna are his specialties!) and my Mom makes a great one-dish casserole of rice, pork and mushroom soup. One of my own favorite go to recipes is a pulled pork butt (OMG - "pulled pork butt" makes me laugh every time I say it!) dish done in my slow cooker.
For the contest, I wanted to create something that drew from all parts of Canada. Growing up in Nova Scotia, blueberries were on our table every summer - big, plump and juicy ones...I'm drooling now. Today, we always have Quebec maple syrup in our house for pancakes, baking and marinades. And now that I live on the Westcoast, we, like all Vancouverites, BBQ in all seasons - regardless of weather - rain, sun, rain, snow, rain and well rain. So I created a delicious marinade with all of these things in mind. I call it Rum Scented, Blueberry Pork Loin. It's slightly sweet with just the right amount of bite - even our young kids who are picky eaters (and who have no trouble telling me if something is "icky" or my fave - "disgusting") love it.
I hope you try it and love it as much as we do!
Please take a look at all the great recipes and take the time to vote for me on the Maple Leaf Foods Facebook page. Also, Western Canadians can receive a coupon worth HALF off their next purchase of Maple Leaf Prime Pork (limited # of coupons so act fast!).
Pointers for recipe success:
- Watch your meat! Because there is sugar in this marinade, it can burn if your heat is too high or you don't turn often enough.
- This marinade is very adaptable - feel free to substitute one ingredient for something else you prefer.
- Flavours and foods that go especially well with pork - lime, cilantro, ginger, garlic, molasses, potatoes, cabbage, corn, soy, paprika, beans, yams (see below), and apples.
- You can bake this at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes, if you don't have a grill.
- A little pink is OK in pork as long as it reaches the minimum internal temperature of 160 degrees.
2 tbsp rum
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 limes, juiced
4 cloves garlic
1 tsp ginger, minced
1 tbsp dijon grainy mustard (or other fave mustard)
1 tbsp molasses
1 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen)
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
pinch of cinnamon
1 Maple Leaf Prime Pork Loin 1.5 - 2lbs
4 medium sized yams
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp ground cloves
What to do:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
2. Peel and slice yams to desired thickness (about 1 to 1.5 cm) and length (cut yam in half).
3. Place yams in large bowl.
4. Add oil and salt to taste.
5. Mix yams, oil and salt until well coated.
6. Distribute in single layer on large baking sheet (use 2 pans if required).
7. Bake for 15 minutes.
8. Turn yams.
9. Bake for another 5 to 10 minutes until browned and crispy.
10. Sprinkle with additional salt and cloves.
Red Peppers, sliced