Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really?

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2014/04/20 16:06:46 (permalink)

Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really?

INDIANAPOLIS — If you meet Rick Garrett, our country’s most fastidious chronicler of the Indiana breaded pork tenderloin, you might notice similarities between man and sandwich.
http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/travel/2014/04/20/1-hoosier-states-sandwich-of-choice-plain-but-good.html
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    ScreamingChicken
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 16:29:54 (permalink)
    "Iowa has a similar pork sandwich, but the meat is pounded much thinner."
     
    Interesting.  Obviously there are exceptions to food generalizations but I did have a pretty thick BPT at Iron Hawk in Iowa City a couple of weeks back.  It was good but I think it would've benefited from being pounded just a little more.
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 16:35:50 (permalink)
    Ketchup AND Mayo on a BPT????????????? Disgusting!
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 16:51:08 (permalink)
    Foodbme

    Ketchup AND Mayo on a BPT????????????? Disgusting!
    I was almost with the guy until I read that sentence.........

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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 16:58:31 (permalink)
    The aforementioned Iron Hawk has a chipotle aioli that's served with some of the appetizers, including the pork "tenderbites".  After tasting it that way I asked for some for my BPT and it was quite good.
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 17:02:39 (permalink)
    Thanks for posting the article Michael!
     
    I have to admit being somewhat stumped as to what exactly you put on a BPT.  Usually, I end up asking the waitress what they recommend.  Maybe mustard and onion or nothing at all.  Ketchup just doesn't seem like the answer.
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 17:03:42 (permalink)
    Rick Garrett has had a few in Indiana. Don't blame Rick for the assumption by the writer. There is a version touted by Iowans known as the Iowa Skinny, but there isn't a lot of difference in BPTs across Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. They all serve them thick and thin, large and small, and they all have their klinkers known as fritters. The largest tenderloins I have had, and they are by no means thin, were in St. Olaf, Iowa and Leonore, Illinois.

    I'm just amazed that the people in the three states know so little about the others' tenderloin and they would all be embarrassed by the tenderloin served at the Udder End Cafe in Boonville, Missouri.

    post edited by Davydd - 2014/04/20 23:11:37
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 17:08:36 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    I have to admit being somewhat stumped as to what exactly you put on a BPT.  Usually, I end up asking the waitress what they recommend.  Maybe mustard and onion or nothing at all.  Ketchup just doesn't seem like the answer.
    I prefer mustard most of the time, especially if the BPT is slightly oily.  It seems to provide a nice balance.
     
    The article mentions the neutral flavor of pork.  I'd like to find a BPT made with a good heritage breed that actually has some flavor.
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 17:10:52 (permalink)
    Buffetbuster, You can put anything you like on a tenderloin. The Indianapolis Holy Grail has traditionally been mustard, pickle and onion but my favorite in Indianapolis, Dawson's on Main in Speedway, serves theirs with a special sauce that is probably half and half Sweet Baby Ray BBQ sauce and mayo. I tend to vary with my mood and never turn down lettuce, tomato and onion.
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 18:24:04 (permalink)
    I would think a good BPT worth it's salt would not require any dressing except perhaps a little Lettuce, Tomato & Onion.
    IMHO, a good BPT is on the juicy side and doesn't need sauce.
    If it's overcooked & dried out, then maybe.
    But why would you eat an overcooked & dried out one in the first place?   
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 20:04:30 (permalink)
    Thanks, Michael. It makes me want to say, I WANT ONE OF THOSE! 
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 20:48:26 (permalink)
    http://breadedtenderloin....all-pendleton-indiana/
     
    I've read his blog for awhile, I thought this one sounded good.  A homemade "Maple-Bacon Jam" was added to the BPT.
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/20 23:11:14 (permalink)
    Sounds like I may be due for a "BPT" tri-state road trip soon!
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/21 00:19:12 (permalink)
    I'm surprised no one has started a chain featuring BPT's!
    Move over Chick-Fil-A, here comes BPT-Fil-A!!!
    You can get them as part of the menu at places like Culvers but I don't think anyone's done a chain built around the BPT.
    BUT------They're doing it in Japan & Thailand!
    http://www.nationmultimedia.com/sunday/The-worlds-most-tender-pork-30231743.html
    Their secret is specially bred and fed Swine!
    Here's how they serve it in beautiful Japanese Food Preparation Style;
    http://www15.j-server.com/LUCMAISEN/ns/tl.cgi/http%3a//mai-sen.com/delica/sandwich/?SLANG=ja&TLANG=en&XMODE=0&XCHARSET=UTF-8&XJSID=0
    1 USD = 102 Yen, so a little over $4.00 for the basic sandwich.
    post edited by Foodbme - 2014/04/21 00:38:00
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/21 01:55:20 (permalink)
    The Chicago Tribune's Sunday Travel section ran that same article the weekend before the Cincinnati Chili Crawl.  It is what led us to the Gas Light Inn and an excellent version of the BPT.  I'll be writing it up soon in the All Roads Lead to Cincinnati thread.
     
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/21 07:40:05 (permalink)
    Davydd 

    ... The Indianapolis Holy Grail has traditionally been mustard, pickle and onion.... ...

    Thats pretty much what I grew up with in Iowa City.  For me, it's really got to have the pickles and (red) onion, they seal the deal.  Now that I live out in the Tundra, I make this sandwich for my family about every 2 months or so.  The kids love it.
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/21 08:02:34 (permalink)
    pineyhill

    http://breadedtenderloin....all-pendleton-indiana/

    I've read his blog for awhile, I thought this one sounded good.  A homemade "Maple-Bacon Jam" was added to the BPT.

     
    That does sound good!

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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/21 10:52:47 (permalink)
    I have made my own bacon jam......not sure of the maple part. would love the recipe
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    Re:Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches? Really? 2014/04/25 02:33:58 (permalink)
    I love to have this because its look so yummy..........
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