Friday, August 5, 2011

Skillet Pork Fajitas

Doesn't the sound of fajitas sizzling on cast iron stoke your appetite?

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Last night I cooked some pork fajitas in a skillet on my Smoke Hollow grill/smoker combo rig. 

We bought this grill almost a month ago now and I have put it through the paces so I thought I'd give a quick update on my thoughts about it.  In general, I am happy with it, it's a flexible cooker.

Charcoal grill – I've used this the most and it is an excellent grill. The adjustable height of the charcoal tray adds a great deal of heat control in addition to the vents. The cast iron grates produce some nice sear marks. The only think I am not crazy about is the ash recovery system because it empties into a shallow tray and clogs. Not a big deal, I can modify it so ash falls through in more places instead of just the middle.

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Wood smoker – I've only used this twice so far. I need to get a charcoal basket made for the fire box. The grate is made for wood but I like to use a mix briquettes and wood.

Sear burner – I love this thing! It goes from off to RED HOT and ready to roast peppers and chilies in 5 minutes. With all of our fresh jalapenos, cayenne and bell peppers, it has been getting used several times a week. It also rocked when I reverse seared steaks on it.

smoke hollow sear grill

Gas Grill – I have actually used this several times. I still prefer coal and wood to gas but it is a convenient option when I get home from football practice at noon on Saturday and my boy is starving for some quick dogs or burgers.

Back to the fajitas.   I used the McCormick Grill Mates Fiery 5 Pepper blend and out of all the new Grill Mates  this is my favorite seasoning.  Its blend of ancho, chipotle, and other roasted chilies gives a smoky heat that is an ideal blend for me. 

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Skillet Pork Fajitas

¼ cup Lawry's Season Salt Marinade
¼ cup lime juice
¼ cup oil
1 ½ tsp cumin
1 ½ tsp McCormick Grill Mates Fiery 5 Pepper Seasoning
1 ½ tsp oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp dried minced garlic

1 pork tenderloin cut into strips 1” long by ¼” wide
1 onion, cut into 1/2” wedges
1 bell pepper, cut into strips (I used a mix of colors)
4 fajita sized tortillas
Shredded cheese, sour cream and whatever toppings you want to add.

Whisk marinade ingredients together in a large bowl. Marinade pork for 4-6 hours.

Start a chimney full of Kingsford briquettes (about 6 quarts) and transfer to grill when the briquettes have a light grey coating of ash.

Place cast iron skillet directly over the coals in a 425f grill and let it preheat until it starts to smoke a little. Getting a rocket hot skillet is the key so let it preheat.

Take the meat out of the marinade (a lot will cling to it, that's okay) and place in the hot skillet. It should sizzle loudly. Cook for about 4-6 minutes until the meat is fully browned, stirring with a wood spoon frequently.

Add the veggies and cook another 2-3 minutes, stirring often. You are done when the veggies are tender, the marinade is all coated onto the food and the pork is starting to caramelize. 

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In the South we call this a "hot mess" but it tastes bleeping good!
Serve with the tortillas and toppings.

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Standard Disclaimer – I paid full retail for my Smoke Hollow grill. I got the McCormick's Fiery Pepper and Lawry's Marinade free as part of their 2011 Flavor Forecast: Grilling Edition. 


  1. Wow! Love, love that grill....I am a Mexican food fan and those fajitas look absolutely delicious.

  2. Man, Chris - I am so envious of that Smoke Hollow grill/smoker! As always, the recipe is fantastic and so are the photos!

  3. If anyone in the world could make me want to get another grill, it would be you. But I'm still not going to do it. Been there, done that, charcoal and gas. Now I just have gas (not the kind that has anything to do with a grill).

  4. They look perfectly delicious!!

  5. Your grill grates are so clean. Mine are disgusting.

  6. That looks like a pretty sweet rig you've got there, Chris. It sounds almost like the best of all worlds (except maybe cold smoking :-)

  7. Yep Chris, they do sound good and I personally happen to know how good your fajitas are. (smile) Hope y'all have a wonderful weekend.

  8. You know what, just looking at that top picture, I really could almost hear the sizzling. Joe always gets fajitas when we go to our favourite Tex-Mex restaurant and I love the sound when they bring them to the table. That's quite a set-up you have there. I bet you drive your neighbours nuts (in a good way) with the all the wonderful smells that must come from your yard, lol!

  9. Reading about your new grill and a question popped into my mind, which I think would make an interesting post for you. Simply stated... How the heck do you clean a grill properly. Mine got so gross I quit using it. GREG

  10. Looks great and I will be trying some of that marinade. I'm thinking of a new grill but I must have natural gas included for my lazy bones. Cast iron is great for grilling.

  11. mmm, nothing like a good fajita, these sound so full of flavor!

  12. Your new grill is a beauty! And the fajitas look excellent - you made my mouth water!

  13. Chris, this recipe sounds amazing and your new grill looks fantastic.

    How wrong is it that I've been looking forward to your Smoky Mountain Chicken Cheeseburgers all week long? I have the chicken marinating now and I can hardly wait until lunch!

  14. The Fajita look tasty. Pork, peppers & cheese, what's not to love??

  15. These look great Chris! I love using my cast iron on my grill... will definitely be trying this!

  16. Chris - The fajitas look delicious and I'm glad you're enjoying the new cooker.

  17. Greg has a great idea Chris, blow by blow video of you cleaning that thing :)

    Looks great, nothing like a charcoal/wood burning grill to I have to go fire mine up now!

  18. Is it weird that imagining the sound of that sizzle has just activated my drool reflex? Pavlovian conditioning at it's finest.

  19. The new grill/smoker looks large enough to put a small child in. But don't.

  20. Wow - congrats on the new grill. It's certainly good looking! I'd love to take a peek at your backyard and see all your grilling toys...haha!

    Fajitas are one of my favorites, but I never seem to make them at home and I've certainly never tried a pork version. This is something that I'll have to do!

  21. I am sooo jealous of all of your outdoor cooking appliances!

  22. Soo tasty looking . . . I want tacos now.

  23. Another new toy! I bet your neighbors constantly drool when you light up one of your grills or smokers.

    The pork fajitas look fantastic - my kind of food!


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