Pork and apples together are such a terrific food pairing – and when they become tender and caramelized on the grill as they do in this recipe – the flavors are even better!
What puts these pork and apple skewers over the top is the orange balsamic glaze that gets brushed on at the end, just before you take them off the grill. It’s a super flavorful sauce made from a reduction of orange juice and balsamic vinegar, plus a generous amount of freshly ground black pepper that adds the perfect amount of heat and spice to the dish.
For the Orange Balsamic Glaze:
2 cups orange juice
½ cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
For the Skewers:
1 pound pork tenderloin, silver skin removed and cut into 1 inch cubes
2 granny smith apples cored, skin left on and cut into 8 wedges each
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Step 1
In a small sauce pan, heat orange juice, vinegar, salt and two tablespoons of the black pepper. Note: this glaze is very strong and peppery so if you wish, cut the pepper by half. Bring to a boil and put on a fast simmer for about 20 minutes or until the sauce has been reduced by half.
- Step 2
If using wooden skewers, soak the skewers in water for an hour.
- Step 3
In a medium bowl, combine pork cubes, apple wedges, olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix to coat.
- Step 4
Alternately thread the pork and apples onto the skewers and grill over a medium hot grill for 5-7 minutes turning often. You want the pork to be pink but not raw and the apples to still have a bit of crunch.
- Step 5
During the last minute of cooking, brush with the glaze but be careful not to burn.
- Step 6
To serve, brush the skewers with extra glaze and serve.