Blackened barbecued pork fillets

bbq pork fillet

Serves 8

  • For the marinade

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 2 cloves

  • 1 heaped tablespoon sweet smoked paprika

  • zest and juice of 1 orange

  • 1 small bunch of fresh thyme, leaves picked and very finely chopped

  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and very finely chopped

  • 150 ml Heinz organic tomato ketchup

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • For the pork

  • 4 x 400 g higher-welfare pork fillets

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 handful of fresh coriander, leaves picked and chopped, optional

  • juice of optional 1 lemon

To make your marinade, crush up the cumin, fennel seeds and cloves in a pestle and mortar and mix with the paprika, orange zest and juice, thyme, garlic, ketchup and balsamic vinegar. Season the pork fillets with salt and pepper, then toss them in most of the marinade until completely coated. Feel free to marinate for half a day, but at least an hour. If you have metal or wooden skewers, lay the fillets side by side and skewer them together about 2.5cm apart.



When you're ready to cook, simply put the meat on to a barbecue or under a hot grill for 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely charred. Every time you turn the meat, brush it generously with the leftover marinade so you build up a sticky, blackened glaze. When they're done, put the fillets on a big platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the meat between the skewers, or just slice each fillet in half, and sprinkle over some chopped coriander or squeeze over some lemon juice if you fancy.

Nutritional Information

Blackened barbecued pork fillets

With a Texan-style marinade

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A real taste of the South, these properly juicy BBQ pork fillet skewers are smoking hot
Serves 8
30m (plus marinating and resting time)
Super easy
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Although it's hard to define what "proper" American cooking is, I've been inspired by the food from the Deep South, where there is an incredible amount of smoking, salting, barbecuing and spit-roasting going on - really intelligent cooking. This is a recipe inspired by the kinds of flavours I tasted when I was in Texas. Skewers are useful for this recipe. They hold the four fillets together, making it easier to turn over when on the barbecue or under the grill. It also makes serving slightly easier because when you come to slice the fillets up, you can do it between the skewers, giving you pork "lollipops" of blackened meat, which is quite fun. But if you don't have them, you can just use your tongs. When you've made this once, I guarantee you'll make it at least once a year as it's so damn good. Great with salad, spiced beans, corn on the cob or rice.

To make your marinade, crush up the cumin, fennel seeds and cloves in a pestle and mortar and mix with the paprika, orange zest and juice, thyme, garlic, ketchup and balsamic vinegar. Season the pork fillets with salt and pepper, then toss them in most of the marinade until completely coated. Feel free to marinate for half a day, but at least an hour. If you have metal or wooden skewers, lay the fillets side by side and skewer them together about 2.5cm apart.

When you're ready to cook, simply put the meat on to a barbecue or under a hot grill for 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely charred. Every time you turn the meat, brush it generously with the leftover marinade so you build up a sticky, blackened glaze. When they're done, put the fillets on a big platter and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice the meat between the skewers, or just slice each fillet in half, and sprinkle over some chopped coriander or squeeze over some lemon juice if you fancy.

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Nutritional Information Amount per serving:

Calories

Calories are just a unit of energy. If you eat more than you use you can gain weight, or lose it if you don't eat enough. How much you need depends on your weight, gender and how active you are, but it's around 2,000 a day.

Carbs

Carbs are a great source of energy and, excluding foods such as potatoes, are made from grains - like bread, pasta and cereal. We all need carbs, but try to make them all wholegrain by sticking to brown bread, rice and pasta - they are much more nutritious.

Sugar

We all deserve a treat sometimes, but try to limit your sugar intake. Most of your sugar should come from raw fruit and milk, because they give us lots of nutrients too. Always check food labels so you know how much sugar you're eating.

Fat

We all need to eat a small amount of fat because it protects our organs and helps us grow. But we need to be careful about how much fat we eat and what kinds of fat, because in higher levels it's associated with weight gain, diabetes, cancer and heart disease.

Saturates

Saturated or "bad fats" are in beef, pork, chicken skin, butter, cream and cheese. Too much can be bad for our heart and cholesterol levels, but unsaturated or "good fats" in fish, nuts, avocados and some oils can help keep our hearts healthy if eaten in moderation.

Protein

Protein helps our muscles to grow and repair, as well as providing you with essential amino acids. When it comes to protein, try to eat leaner sources such as chicken and fish or non-meat sources such as eggs, dairy, beans, nuts, seeds, tofu and pulses.
  • Calories 335
    17%
  • Carbs 8.7g
    3%
  • Sugar 7.8g 9%
  • Fat 13.2g 19%
  • Saturates 4.6g 23%
  • Protein 44.7g 99%
Of an adult's reference intake

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  • For the marinade

  • ½ teaspoon cumin seeds

  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

  • 2 cloves

  • 1 heaped tablespoon sweet smoked paprika

  • zest and juice of 1 orange

  • 1 small bunch of fresh thyme, leaves picked and very finely chopped

  • 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and very finely chopped

  • 150 ml Heinz organic tomato ketchup

  • 6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • For the pork

  • 4 x 400 g higher-welfare pork fillets

  • sea salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 handful of fresh coriander, leaves picked and chopped, optional

  • juice of optional 1 lemon