Pork Marinade - Steen's Cane Syrup debacle

Discussion in 'Food & Cooking' started by deplemisher, Nov 21, 2009.

  1. deplemisher

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    Hello all,

    This is my first post on cheftalk and I come to the forum after an exhausting search. I am cooking for a group of 15 tomorrow in San Francisco and started a pork tenderloin marinade last night. The marinade typically calls for the following ingredients:
    • Olive oil
    • Worcestershire
    • Sea Salt
    • Fresh Rosemary
    • Garlic
    • Fresh Basil
    • Steens Cane Syrup
    • Dark brown cane sugar
    After calling 25 specialty grocers, I cannot find Steens cane syrup in the San Francisco area. Can anyone recommend a good Steens substitute for the marinade? Steen's usually gives a nice flavor and candied crust when grilling.

    Stores in the area carry Lyle's and Uncle Steve's cane syrup which I understand may be less dark. Would either of these substitute? Some other mixture?

    Help!
     
  2. suzanne

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    Another brand of cane syrup would be fine. Lyle's Golden Syrup is a bit heavier, but would also work, as would honey. In a pinch, dark corn syrup might be okay, but that would be a last resort -- adds nothing but sweetness.

    Do NOT use any form of molasses -- way to strong a flavor!
     
  3. shroomgirl

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    Lyle's makes a dark treacle too...a little harder to find.
     
  4. deplemisher

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    Thanks for the replies - I added a bit of extra brown sugar and proceeded with the marinade sans cane syrup. The pork won much praise and I thought it was not too bad *considering* but deep down I knew that Steen's Cane Syrup adds a nice candy crust and gives the sweetness a depth.
     
  5. shroomgirl

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    and is to die for on buttermilk biscuits.
     
  6. marmalady

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    In a pinch, you can sub out lighter molasses for Steen's.