Island Spice Pork Tenderloin

February 9, 2011 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

Pork tenderloin is a favorite in our house. There are countless variations and the possibilities are endless. My husband likes spicy food. The spicier the better. I was nervous to try this recipe because while I can tolerate a little heat, I don’t necessarily enjoy it. I decided to give this a go because I knew my taste-tester would like it regardless.

I’m glad I decided to try this because it really surprised me. The brown sugar balanced the spice perfectly and I really enjoyed it.

Island Spice Pork Tenderloin

For Spice Rub:
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (2 1/4 – 2 1/2 pound total) trimmed
2 tablespoons olive oil

For Glaze:
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
1 tablespoon Tabasco

To prepare the spice rub stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Evenly coat pork with spice rub.

Heat oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke. Brown pork, turning occasionally, about 4 minutes total. Remove from heat; leave pork in skillet.

Stir together brown sugar, garlic and Tabasco in a small bowl. Pat the mixture on top of the tenderloins.

Place the skillet in the oven at 350 degrees. Roast until thermometer registers 137-140 degrees, about 20 minutes. Let pork stand in skillet, loosely covered with foil for 10 minutes. Slice and serve.

Source: Pennies on a Platter


Entry filed under: main dish, Pork.

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