Monday, November 3, 2014

The 30 Minute Dinner with Smithfield Marinated Pork Tenderloin

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Weave Made Media®and Smithfield®, but all my opinions are my own. #weavemade #PutPorkontheMenu

I'm a parent who doesn't have time for fancy recipes. Everyday the kids utter three painful words "What's for dinner?" Between me helping them with their homework, keeping the 3 year old occupied, and straightening the house, somewhere in there I have to make a meal they will all eat.

On most days, my wife will call from the office and give me the "I'm on my way back from work" which means a timer just went off in my head and I basically have 30 minutes to make magic happen in the kitchen. With one kid who hates cheese, one who hates meat, and another who only likes salami and cheese sandwiches I try to keep things simple.  Whipping up sauces and reductions just isn't going to happen. Ain't nobody got time for that.

If you've read my blog before you know that I abhor the grocery store and grocery shopping. In fact, the less amount of time I have to spend in there the better. Time for me could be better spent playing with the kids or actually going to the bathroom by myself for a change. So when I saw that Walmart had Smithfield pre-marinated pork tenderloin all prepped and ready to be cooked I said Let's do this. Let's #PutPorkontheMenu.

What I like about the Smithfield Golden Rotisserie Flavor Pork Tenderloin is that it is already marinated. That saves me some steps because the flavor is already there and the mess is contained in a sealed package. There are many  different flavors of Smithfield Marinated Pork to choose from with choices like Garlic & Herb, Mesquite , Golden Rotisserie, Portobello Mushroom, and Peppercorn & Garlic you are sure to find one that fits your family.  Be sure to USE THIS COUPON to receive a $ .75 discount  of Smithfield Marinated Pork at your nearest Walmart while supplies last.

I went with the Golden Rotisserie Flavor Pork Tenderloin and paired it with potatoes, tomatoes, and asparagus to create the 30 Minute Dinner.  Visit the Smithfield Website for more recipes and visit Smithfield on Facebook for more information on their fine products.


  • Olive Oil
  • Fingerling potatoes, 1 lb
  • Asparagus, 1 bunch
  • Cherry Tomatoes, sliced (About 1 cup) 
  • Slivered Almonds (1/8 cup) 
  • Salt, Pepper
  • Smithfield Marinated Pork 


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees with the rack in the middle of the stove
  2. Boil water in a medium saucepan for the potatoes
  3. Prepare your grill on medium/high heat and lightly grease the rack so the meat doesn't stick
  4. Wash asparagus and pat dry. Place it in a shallow baking dish in a single layer 
  5. Use 1 tsp of olive oil to coat asparagus and sprinkle on salt to season
  6. Put the pork on the hot grill, rotating every 5-7 minutes to get a nice char on the outside to seal in the juices. Continue to cook the pork 20 minutes for every pound or until the interior temperature reaches 145 degrees F in the thickest part of the tenderloin
  7. Cook the asparagus for 20 minutes, moving them around halfway through at the 10 min mark
  8. At the first ten minute mark, add the potatoes to the pot and cook for 10 minutes or until a fork easily penetrates the potato. Drain and cover to keep warm
  9. Add the cherry tomatoes and almonds to the asparagus dish and return to the oven for 10 min.
  10. Take the pork off the grill once it has reached temperature and let it rest for 2 minutes
  11. Slice potatoes and season with salt and pepper
  12. Cut slices of the tenderloin and plate with the veggies 


  1. ok, it looks delicious grilled, and I am in complete agreement with you. "What's for dinner?" those 3 words make me cringe. Haha.

    1. Thank you Jennifer! I pretty much grill all year round so when the kids ask what we are having, I sometimes just say "Something from the grill!"

  2. I am presenting cooking the Golden Pork Tenderloin at 450 in the oven. It weighs about 1.21 oz. It said to cook about 30 minutes per pound so I did that & checked & my thermometer read 160 degrees but blood is still coming out. That is not right. I put it back in & my oven is working properly & there is still blood coming out. what is up with this?