Nothing fancy here, no special recipe or technique. This post is more to highlight what the MINI Big Green Egg can do.
Decided to cook up some pork tenderloins Saturday night. They got a simple rub of DP Red Eye Express (a coffee-infused BBQ rub). I was going to fire up the Large Egg, but glanced over at the MINI. It still feels like a new toy to me, and you know how kids are with new toys. I thought to myself, “Bet the tenderloins would fit on it.” Got it fired up to 400F and tossed them on. Yep, they fit. Oh yeah, Jack Daniels wood chips for smoke.
OK…I lie. I will give you one cooking tip since you were kind enough to drop in and see what we’ve been up to. You notice the butcher’s string in the above picture? Go ahead, take a look, I’ll wait…if you are familiar with pork tenderloins, you know that one end is thick and it tapers off into a much thinner end on the other side. This can prove a bit tricky when cooking them. You don’t want to over cook the thinner end. So what I like to do is to take the thinner end and fold it back on itself and either tie it off with some string or use a toothpick or skewers to hold it in place. The doubling up causes it to cook slower and you are left with a more uniform cook throughout the tenderloin.
I thought I remembered tenderloins taking about 20 minutes at 400F on the large. On the MINI, they ended up taking about 30 minutes. However long it takes, make sure to cook to temperature and not time, though. My plan was to pull them at 140-5, but I got distracted watching my buddy’s kid. He just started walking 3 days ago and he was all over the place. He was having a blast and Bodi, our little Yorkie, finally found a friend his size to play with. So I think the tenderloins ended up coming off more around 160, but still plenty juicy, not dried up at all.
Didn’t get any plated up pics, but the wife whipped up some mashed taters and some of the Pioneer Woman’s mushrooms. Good meal for sure.
We’ve had the MINI Egg for about a month now. I knew it was going to get used when I got it, but I really didn’t know how much. It is quickly becoming our work horse here at the casa. It maybe small, but it easily handles the food for just the two of us. A large steak that we can split. Chicken breasts. Sausage. Mini pizzas. Even the unexpected gift of a wok that we recieved for stir-fry. And now pork tenderloins. Is the MINI for you? Maybe not, especially if you routinely cook for more than two. You’ll have to evaluate your own needs, but for us? We love it.