Over the last few years I have really grown to love spicy foods. Mind you, I don’t want smoke coming out of my ears heat but I do enjoy a heat that leaves a little burn and makes me feel a little warm. I had never used chipotle in any of my cooking and when I heard them talking about what a chipotle pepper was on the Next Food Network Star, well, I was intrigued. Intrigued enough to want to try it. I went on an excursion to find chipotle peppers in adobo sauce as that is what my BBQ sauce recipe called for. I had no idea how hard it would be to find such a thing in Potsdam, NY! I went to every store possible and ended up at the food co-op where I finally found a can. (I did find that the new Super Walmart that opened yesterday in Potsdam does carry them also now!)
I had written down a recipe for Grilled Spice-Rubed Pork Tenderloin Steaks with Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce on one of my recipe cards. I can’t tell you for sure where the recipe came from, but I’m sure it came from one of the many magazines I read! I decided that we were going to try this with the Oven Roasted Red Potatoes I made not too long ago and some fresh garden green beans. I really loved the sauce the most. I was dipping my potatoes in it and a couple of days later I ended up using what was left of the sauce as a topping for meatloaf! YUM!
I did deter some from the original recipe so I will be posting how I made it here:
For the pork rub:
1 Tbsp Chili Powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 Tbsp light brown sugar
2 teaspoons garlic powder
salt and pepper
This will cover 2 to 2-1/2 pounds pork steaks.
Rub all over the pork steaks and let sit for at least 15 minutes at room temp, or for up to 2 hours in the refridgerator. Cook steaks on a grill about 3 minutes, flip and continue to cook until temp registers 140 degrees F. Place the pork on platter and let rest. Meanwhile, mix sauce (recipe below). Spoon the sauce over the pork and serve.
3/4 cup honey
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 chipotle, minced, plus 2 Tablespoons adobo sauce (from can of chipotles in adobo sauce)
Stir all together, season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon over meat and serve.