In a sealable plastic bag, mix garlic, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest and juice, half (1/4 c.) of the olive oil, and salt and pepper. Add both tenderloins. Squeeze the air out of the bag and seal. Let marinate in the fridge for at least one hour.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Remove tenderloins from bag and season both sides with salt and pepper.
Heat a large oven-safe pan on medium-high heat. Add the remaining olive oil to the pan. Sear each side of the loins until each side is browned.
Remove tenderloins from pan and add apple wedges. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the apples have browned.
Add the tenderloins on top of the apples and place the pan in the oven. Roast for 12-15 or until the internal temperature of the tenderloins is 140-150 degrees F.
Remove from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, garlic, dried rosemary, salt and pepper. Season pork loin with this mixture, rubbing on all sides.
Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brown pork loin on all sides by searing for about 2-3 minutes per side.
Let pork loin cool for a few minutes while you make the glaze. To make glaze, mix the fig jam, mustards and orange zest in a small bowl.
Wrap pork loin with bacon by laying one slice at a time crosswise over the top of the pork, tucking ends underneath the pork loin if able. Overlap edges of bacon slices partially. Continue until loin is fully covered with bacon.
Place bacon-wrapped loin in a slow cooker and top with fig glaze. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours, or until thoroughly cooked through with an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
Prepare the Kung Pao sauce by stirring all the sauce ingredients together in a bowl until the sugar and cornstarch are dissolved. Set aside.
Heat a wok or large skillet over high heat until a drop of water sizzles and evaporates on contact. When hot enough, add bacon and cook until crisp on the outside and cooked through, about 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer cooked bacon to a paper towel-lined plate.
Drain all but 1 tablespoon of bacon grease from the wok or skillet. Add chilis and stir-fry for about 30 seconds, until the oil becomes fragrant and the chilis have begun to blacken.
Add scallion whites, garlic and ginger and stir-fry for about 30 seconds. Add the red bell pepper and stir-fry for another 30 seconds. Add bacon back to the wok or skillet. Pour in the Kung Pao sauce and mix to coat the other ingredients. Stir in peanuts then transfer to serving plate and garnish with scallion greens on top.
This dish is delicious served over a bowl of steaming rice.
Add pork to a medium bowl, season with salt and toss with cornstarch until coated.
In a separate bowl, whisk garlic, ginger, brown sugar, soy sauce, and pepper until blended; set aside.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tsp oil. Cook broccoli, green beans and white parts of green onion until tender, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate.
Return skillet to high heat and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. When the oil is almost smoking, add pork.
Cook pork until crispy and no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium heat, then return vegetables and add half the sauce to the pan.
Stir quickly to coat pork and vegetables in glaze. (Watch carefully- sauce can burn due to the sugar) Add remaining half of the sauce until you reach your desired sauciness.
Garnish with green onions. Enjoy.
This recipe is a wonderful template to play around with. Try adding other vegetables you like, such as bell peppers, asparagus, snap peas, carrots or mushrooms, or try adjust the heat-level of the sauce by adding in your favorite hot sauce or chilies.
In a bowl, combine the garlic, salt, brown sugar, smoked paprika, chile powder, black pepper, sage, thyme, dry mustard, cumin, coriander, ginger, and cayenne pepper. Generously coat the ribs with the rub then wrap each slab in a double layer of plastic wrap and let them sit at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
Preheat the oven to 325°F.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. If you have a flat metal cooling rack, arrange it in the baking sheet and place the ribs, bone side down, on the rack. If you don't have a rack, place the ribs, bone side down, directly on the foil-lined baking sheet. Bake the ribs until the meat is tender and starting to pull away from the bones, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. While ribs bake in oven, prepare the sauce (instructions below).
Depending on the size of your grill, place 1 or 2 slabs, bone side down, over the heat and brush the fat-covered side generously with barbecue sauce. Grill the ribs, covered, for 2 minutes. Flip the slab over, brush the bone side with sauce, and grill, covered, until the sauce on the fat-covered side is caramelized and lightly charred, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip the slab over and continue grilling, covered, until the sauce on the bone side is caramelized and lightly charred, 1 minute. Transfer the ribs to a cutting board and let them rest for 10 minutes. If necessary, repeat the grilling and glazing process with the second slab of ribs. Cut between the ribs and serve immediately with plenty of barbecue sauce on the side.
In a heavy, medium saucepan over moderately low heat, cook the bacon until the fat renders and the bacon starts to brown, about 10 minutes—do not let the bacon get crispy.
Add the onions and continue cooking, covered and stirring occasionally, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes.
Add the garlic, sage, and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 minute.
Add the smoked paprika, chile powder, cumin, black pepper, and ginger and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
Add the coffee, brown sugar, yellow mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and vinegar and stir well to combine. Raise the heat to moderate and bring the sauce to a boil, scraping the saucepan with a wooden spoon to remove any browned bits from the bottom.
Add the ketchup, hot sauce, and bay leaves, then lower the heat to moderately low and simmer the sauce until it's thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but isn't as thick as ketchup, about 30 minutes.
Taste the sauce and add more vinegar or hot sauce to taste and season with salt and pepper. Remove and discard the bay leaves.