Beefer Spicy Pork and Apple Pumpkin Rings

What flavors are you craving this Fall? Let’s feast on Beefer roasted apples and pumpkin seasoned with warm spices. But let’s now stop there! Toss the apples and pumpkin with grilled maple pork tenderloin then tuck into a grilled pumpkin rings! Fun, Festive and oh so Fall!

Spicy Pork and Apple Pumpkin Rings Ingredients:

  • 1 (1.5 lbs) pork tenderloin
  • 1 tablespoons canola or avocado oil
  • 1 small pumpkin
  • 1 large green apple
  • 1 jalapeno, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese 5-spice
  • Lime zest

 Helpful Beefer Grill Tools for this recipe:

Not all pumpkins are the same! Look for a small “pumpkin pie” edible pumpkin not a decorative pumpkin. Acorn Squash is a great year-round substitute for seasonal pumpkin:

Spicy Pork and Apple Pumpkin Rings

STEP 1 Trim and discard the silver skin and excess fat from the pork tenderloin:

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STEP 2  Cut pork tenderloin into approximately large under 2-inch chunks, and drizzle with oil:

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STEP 3 With a large cutlery knife, cut the pumpkin crosswise into (4) 1-inch thick rings. Remove and discard the seeds and membranes from each pumpkin ring:

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TIP 2  Use a curved or grapefruit spoon to remove the membranes from pumpkin:

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STEP 4 Place pumpkin rings in a microwave safe large bowl, sprinkle 1 1/2 teaspoons smoking salt and 2 tablespoons water.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on high for 4 minutes. After cook time, allow pumpkin rings to steam under the plastic wrap for 2 minutes. Uncover pumpkin rings and pat dry. Meanwhile, heat the Beefer Infrared Grill:

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STEP 5 Ignite the Beefer Grill to high heat for 5 minutes. Turn knob halfway down to medium. Place a Beefer Drip Tray on the bottom of the Beefer. Brush pumpkin rings with cooking oil. Divide pumpkin rings onto 2 Beefer grill grates:

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STEP 6 Insert grates onto the center and fourth shelves. Grill 25 seconds or until the pumpkin ring on the top shelf is lightly browned. Use the Beefer handle to pull trays out. Turn the top grate in opposite direction; leave bottom tray. Grill pumpkin rings for 20 seconds or until lightly browned:

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STEP 7 Repeat grilling steps with the pumpkin rings on the center shelf. Remove pumpkin rings after browning on both sides. Transfer from the grates. Chop one pumpkin ring into small bites, discarding the skin, and set aside:

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TIP 3 Allow space between pork cubes for plenty of air flow:

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STEP 8 Arrange the pork cubes on 2 Beefer grill grates. Brown pork using the same steps as the pumpkin rings were grilled. The pork will take a few more 25 second intervals than the pumpkin rings:

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STEP 9 Once the pork reaches an internal temperature of 140°F degrees remove from Beefer. Let pork rest 5 minutes, and cut into bite size pieces. The pork will complete cooking in the apple and jalapeño glaze:

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TIP 4 Pork tenderloin does not have the fat to create a crust as does a steak. We recommend lightly browning:

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STEP 10 Peel and discard skin from apple. Chop the apple into 1/2-inch pieces, and the jalapeño into 1/4-inch pieces, and combine in a Beefer drip tray:

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TIP 5 Chop as much jalapeño as your plate can handle!

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STEP 11 Place tray with apples and jalapeño on the center shelf, and grill for 20 seconds, turn tray, and cook for 20 more seconds. Add butter and cook until butter has melted:

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STEP 12 Whisk maple syrup, lime juice, sriracha, salt, and Chinese 5-spice; pour over grilled apples and jalapeño:

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TIP 6 For added flavor, grill the apples and jalapeño in the maple syrup, for 20 seconds, to lightly caramelize:

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STEP 13 Combine glazed apples, reserved pumpkin chunks, chopped pork in Beefer’s deep gastro tray, and sprinkle with smoked sea salt:

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STEP 14 Place pork tray onto center shelf. Grill for 20 seconds, rotate tray around, around 20 seconds or until pork is 145°F degrees:

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TIP 7 If that much pumpkin ring isn’t your thing, chop the pumpkin rings, discarding the skin, and toss with the pork and apples. Sprinkle with cilantro:

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TO SERVE Place each pumpkin ring onto an individual plate. Sprinkle with cilantro and serve. Pepper and salt to taste:

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