Monday, September 14, 2009

Old King Coal was a Merry Old Soul...Especially when he enjoyed this Simple Cranberry Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This week I will be helping with our OLD KING COAL FESTIVAL which will begin on Thursday evening here in So. Illinois. I'm in charge of advance ticket sales, I sing "AMAZING GRACE" every year at our Coal Miner's Memorial Service, and I will lend my time here and there throughout the course of the festival wherever I'm needed.

Our area is rich in Coal Mining heritage, and although our community was once a thriving area and is now considered a depressed area (in every sense of the word), we still honor the men and women who risk their lives to bring to us this precious commodity.

Here is one of the delicious recipes submitted by Tracy Smith.


1 5-8 lb. pork loin
1 can cranberry sauce
seasoned salt
1/2 cup brown or Dijon mustard

Rub pork with seasoned salt , to taste. Place in crock pot. "Ice" meat with mustard. Stir cranberry sauce, then pour over meat. Cook on high 1-2 hours, then reduce heat to low for 6 hours. (180 degrees on a meat thermometer.)

If you would like to order a cookbook (Less than 50 copies left) from area residents who submitted delicious family recipes and tributes to their coal mining family members, click here.

The books are $13.00 (shipping included- anywhere in the US) and proceeds go to keep the festival alive and well each year.


  1. That's great that you are helping out. I always enjoy local festivals as they are a great time to celebrate local history.

  2. Sounds like a fun festival!
    The pork roast sounds easy and delicious; my kind of recipe!

  3. The roast sounds delicious!! Have fun at the festival!

  4. That sounds like a great recipe. I wrote it down!! Thanks

  5. Now this sounds like a good time...cranberries and pork wonderful!

  6. First time on your blog, hunting for Loin recipes, and found you.

    I am from Central Illinois, but knew several in your area. I do wish you very well with your festival. ENjoy and thanks for your efforts

  7. This sounds absolutely perfect and so simple to make.