While looking for some out-of-the-box recipes to serve up for Sunday's big football showdown, I came across one from the team at Sparkling Ice that immediately caught my eye due to the odd, but extremely enticing, combination of cherry limeade sparkling water and soy sauce.
While this duo might have you scratching your head, the truth is that the sweet cherry, tangy lime, and salty soy come together amazingly well when used with pork.
CHERRY LIME AND SOY MARINATED PORK TENDERLOIN
2 Bottles Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade
1/3 Cup Soy Sauce
5 Garlic cloves, crushed
1/2 Tablespoon Fresh Ginger, minced
1 Tablespoon whole black peppercorns
1 Teaspoon red pepper flake
1 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 lbs Pork Tenderloin
Salt and Pepper
1/2 cup Scallion, sliced thinly
To prepare the marinade, whisk together Sparkling Ice Cherry Limeade, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, whole peppercorns, red pepper flake and olive oil in a large bowl.
Place pork tenderloin in a large zip lock bag or shallow baking dish.
Pour marinade over pork, cover or seal.
Refrigerate for 6 hours.
Remove pork from marinade and pat dry. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Reserve the liquid.
Place marinade in small saucepan and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes.
Preheat your grill (medium high heat).
Place pork on pre-heated grill and close the cover. Turn and brush the pork with the simmered marinade every 5 minutes. Cook until meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork registers 145°F, about 15-20 minutes.
Rest for 10 minutes, slice and serve with scallions and warm marinade liquid.
* Recipe courtesy of Sparkling Ice