Roasted Opal Apple BBQ Sauce and Grilled Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin Medallions

Roasted Apple BBQ Sauce
A few months ago I had the opportunity to head out to Washington to visit the Broetje Ordchards and in particular to see their Opal Apple ordchards. Opal apples are a relativley new breed of apple that is a cross between the golden delicious and topaz, it is yellow, crispy and it has a sweet and tangy or tart flavour. Other than being super tasty one nice thing about the opal apple is that it doesn't brown after being sliced so it is great for packing for lunches pre-sliced.

I had the pleasure of participating in this adventure along with Leslie from The Hungry Housewife, Katie from Katie’s Cucina and Lindsay and Bjork from Pinch of Yum. While visiting the orchards we had the chance to help out, picking some apples, which is pretty hard work, especially when you consider that it is done by hand and you have to be gentle with them so that they don't bruise.

In addition to visiting the vast expanse of the apple orchards we got a chance to see how the apples were processed and surprisingly a lot of the work is still done by hand. Although some machinery is used to move the apples, the inspection and final packaging is still done by hand.

Opal apples are available December through April and you can find Opal apples in various stores in the USA and Canada.

Just look at all of those beautiful apples bobbing in the water! Who wants to go dunking?

As soon as I got my hands on some Opal apples at home I just had to use them in a recipe, well after snacking on quite a few of them anyways! With all of the cold weather that we have been having, I have been yearning for some warmth and sunshine so the first thing that I used the apples in was a tasty apple BBQ sauce since BBQ sauce tends to remind me of summer. I went with some of the usual BBQ sauce suspects and I used chipotle chilies for the heat source and to add some smokiness to the sauce. One thing that I did that was a little different was to add a hint of cinnamon, because apples really deserve cinnamon, and I roasted the apples first to help bring out their flavour. This roasted apple BBQ sauce is super easy to make and great on everything from pulled pork, to chicken and anything else that you would use BBQ sauce on. (See below for some apple BBQ grilled pork tenderloin medallions.)

The recipe for the sandwiches in this photo will be coming soon!

Roasted Apple BBQ Sauce
Roasted Apple BBQ Sauce

Roasted Apple BBQ Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes Servings: 2 cups

A tasty roasted opal apple BBQ sauce that is perfect on everything from grilled pork tenderloin medallions to pulled chicken sandwiches.

  • 2 large Opal apples peeled, cored and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/4 cup onion, grated
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Toss the apple in the oil and place in a single layer on a baking pan and roast in a preheated 400F oven until they start to caramelize, about 20 minutes.
  2. Bring everything to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat and puree in a blender or food processor.

Note: Use enough chipotle chilies to bring the heat to the level that you desire.
Note: If the BBQ sauce is a little lumpy, push it through a fine mesh sieve.
Nutrition Facts (per cup): Calories 352, Fat 5g (Saturated 0, Trans 0), Cholesterol 0, Sodium 1640mg, Carbs 79g (Fiber 6g, Sugars 64g), Protein 3g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam

Grilled Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin Medallions

Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin Medallions
Of course I could not leave you with nothing to do with this tasty new roasted apple BBQ sauce! The first thing that I did with it was use it as a marinade on some grilled pork tenderloin medallions. Pork and apples are a fabulous combo and using the roasted apple BBQ sauce on grilled, melt in your mouth, moist and tender, pork tenderloin medallions is simply magical! Believe me, these are definitely worth braving the cold to fire up the grill but it that's not your style then a grill pan on the kitchen stove also works wonders!

I served the apple BBQ grilled pork tenderloin medallions with some simple steamed brussels sprouts and some creamed corn with roasted red peppers and bacon (recipe to come).

Roasted Apple BBQ Sauce
Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin Medallions

Grilled Apple BBQ Pork Tenderloin Medallions

Prep Time: 5 minutes Marinate Time: 8 hours Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 8 hours 15 minutes Servings: 4

Pork tenderloin medallions marinated in a tasty roasted apple BBQ sauce and grilled to perfection!

  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, sliced into 1 inch thick medallions
  • 1 cup apple BBQ sauce
  1. Marinate the pork in the fridge overnight.
  2. Grill over medium-high heat until they get a bit charred with grill marks, about 3-5 minutes per side, let sit for a few minutes and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts: Calories 229, Fat 4g (Saturated 1g, Trans 0), Cholesterol 73mg, Sodium 588mg, Carbs 22g (Fiber 0.3g, Sugars 16g), Protein 23g
Nutrition by: Nutritional facts powered by Edamam


Maria said...

Love the apple! Great photos too!

Heather Christo said...

this sounds amazing- I could slather that sauce on everything!!

Girl With Chalk said...

Looks amazing! As usual! :)


What a great recipe! I need to put on my hat and gloves and fire up the grill. :)

We Are Not Martha said...

Grilled apples in BBQ sauce is a genius idea!


Marian (Sweetopia) said...

What a great idea! I need to try this!

Cardinham | Killgrew said...

I used the marinade and BBQ sauce on venison, cooked medium rare and it was amazing. I basically substituted the pork with venison as the weight of the meat is similar. The flavors worked perfect and accented the game meat flavor! Thanks for the advice. I try and use pork recipes with venison and it works out great. New viewer here and glad I found you!


Laura @ Laura's Culinary Adventures said...

Apple picking is so fun! This apple BBQ sauce looks delicious!

marla {Family Fresh Cooking} said...

That sauce looks wonderful!

Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living said...

I've never tried Opal apples, but if I ever see them in the market, I'll have to pick some up - love the BBQ sauce you came up with - sounds absolutely amazing and I bet it would be great on chicken too!

Nicol said...

This looks so delicious! Have to try it!

Amy Lau said...

This looks utterly divine for the holidays!!

Amy (Savory Moments) said...

Pinning this for apple picking season! The sounds like a terrific BBQ sauce and I always end up with too many apples!

Gina said...

What apple would you recommend if we can't find Opal apples? Also, I'm sorry if this is a silly question, but do you boil the apples with everything else for 15 minutes or add them before you blend the sauce? Thanks!

Kevin Lynch said...

Gina: Honey crisp would be great or granny smith if you want it a little tarter. Yes the roasted apples are simmered with everything else before pureeing. Enjoy!

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