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Island Spice Pork Tenderloin Cooking View

Most of the time when I save recipes, I do it because I know without a doubt that we will love the result.  (This is why about 98% of the recipes I have saved are desserts.)  Sometimes, though, I save things more because I think, “Hmmm…interesting…that might be good.”  This recipe was definitely a case of the latter.  In fact, I put it on our menu back in November or December but the day came when I was planning to make it and it just did not sound good to me at all.  So back into the freezer went the pork, and it has been there all this time waiting for me to change my mind.  I finally decided that I needed to either use the pork or get rid of it, so I put the recipe back on the menu and decided I would make it no matter what.  Turns out, we were blown away by this meal.

The combination of spices may seem a bit odd, but the end result is a little bit spicy but also sweet, and incredibly flavorful.  Ben even deemed this his new favorite kind of pork tenderloin.  I was very surprised by how quickly it came together.  Most pork tenderloin recipes I make require marinating of some length, but this is just a simple spice rub made from pantry ingredients, and a glaze to go on top.  I halved the amount of glaze because the original amount just seemed like overkill.  I’m glad I did because this was just the right amount.  Just be sure to spread the glaze out very evenly over the top of the tenderloins.  I had a bite or two that seemed overly sweet because of too much glaze.  All in all, this is a fantastic preparation of pork that is quick enough for a weeknight and nice enough to serve to company.

Island Spice Pork Tenderloin
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Ingredients:
For the spice rub:
2 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 pork tenderloins (about 2-2½ lbs. total)
2 tbsp. olive oil

For the glaze:
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. (2-3 cloves) finely minced garlic
1½ tsp. Tabasco sauce

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Combine the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Stir together with a fork to blend.  Pat the mixture over the pork tenderloins.

Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Place the tenderloins in the skillet and brown on all sides, turning occasionally, about 4 minutes total.  Remove from the heat, leaving the pork in the skillet.

Stir together the brown sugar, garlic and Tabasco in a small bowl until blended.  Spread the mixture evenly over the tops of the tenderloins.

Place the skillet in the preheated oven and roast about 20 minutes, until an instant-read themometer inserted in the center of each tenderloin registers 140˚ F.  Loosely tent the skillet with foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Source: adapted from Pennies on a Platter, originally from The Gourmet Cookbook

Island Spice Pork Tenderloin
Yield: two pork tenderloins

Ingredients

For the spice rub:
2 tsp. kosher salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cinnamon

2 pork tenderloins (about 2-2½ lbs. total)
2 tbsp. olive oil

For the glaze:
½ cup packed dark brown sugar
1 tbsp. (2-3 cloves) finely minced garlic
1½ tsp. Tabasco sauce

Cooking View

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 350˚ F.  Combine the salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder and cinnamon in a small bowl.  Stir together with a fork to blend.  Pat the mixture over the pork tenderloins.

  • Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.  Place the tenderloins in the skillet and brown on all sides, turning occasionally, about 4 minutes total.  Remove from the heat, leaving the pork in the skillet.

  • Stir together the brown sugar, garlic and Tabasco in a small bowl until blended.  Spread the mixture evenly over the tops of the tenderloins.

  • Place the skillet in the preheated oven and roast about 20 minutes, until an instant-read themometer inserted in the center of each tenderloin registers 140˚ F.  Loosely tent the skillet with foil and let stand 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

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  • http:nasilemaklover.blogspot.com Nasi Lemak Lover

    This recipe look so simple to prepare and ingredients are easy to be found here Malaysia. I must try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://confessionsofacookbookqueen.blogspot.com/ kristan roland

    Looks absolutely delicious!! My husband would love it!!

  • http://detroiteats.wordpress.com Ed Schenk

    Great looking pork loin. I like that you use cinnimon.

  • http://thelushers.wordpress.com thelushers

    Thanks for posting this! My husband always, always, always wants to cook pork tenderloin & I’m just not that crazy about it, but this one looks promising!

  • http://tiersofjoyblog.blogspot.com Katie Lynn

    This sounds positively delicious! Spicy-sweet dishes are quickly becoming a favorite in our house.

  • http://healthyabundance.wordpress.com Janet

    I’ve made this recipe! It IS surprisingly delicious! (I got it off of Epicurious years ago.) I’ve enjoyed it over greens as a summer Caribbean salad.
    Thanks for reminding me how much I love this. I’ll have to make it again soon.

  • http://www.hellonneedles.blogspot.com julo

    You’re right, just reading the recipe, it sounds like it might be good. The ingredients are so simple, but I can totally see how they would come together to be delicious. Thanks for the recipe!

  • http://dirtpoorfilthyrich.blogspot.com Bugaboo

    It does sound like a somewhat odd flavor combo, but sometimes those are the ones that are surprisingly the best. Glad you finally tried it so now we can too! Thanks!

  • http://www.janedeereblog.blogspot.com Jennifer

    YUM! I can’t wait to try this one. I love sweet and spicy!

  • http://oneshotbeyond.wordpress.com/ oneshotbeyond

    gorgeous looking meat. Love how moist is seems to be.

  • Nicole g

    It sounds great, although I might have to cook mine a bit longer. Eating pink pork always makes me nervous! I prefer mine well done. Other than that, it looks amazing, thank you for the recipe!

  • Melody

    Annie,

    Have you ever tried this with plain pork chops?

  • Annie

    Melody,
    No, I have not.

  • http://www.j3nn.net Jenn

    This looks delicious! I love pork loin and mashed potatoes. My husband would really love this, too. :)

    Jenn

  • http://www.cheycancook.blogspot.com Cheryl

    sounds great – i’m always look for new pork tenderloin recipes b/c tenderloin always comes out so juicy and we love it! we’ll have to try this one!

  • http://www.visionsofsugarplum.com Emily

    Of course I’ve been here. Your site is beautiful! I love it.

    This pork tenderloin looks so juicy and flavorful. I know I would like it.

  • http://themodestkitchen.wordpress.com mewhee2

    I love this rub recipe because I have all the ingredients in my pantry. I’ve been looking for a good pork rub and glaze and I think I’ve found a good one! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.nibblemethis.com Chris

    That sounds like a great pork tenderloin. The spice combination didn’t seem weird to me, it has some of the same ingredients my jerk seasoning uses so it makes since to me. I’ll have to try this on the grill soon.

  • Sarah

    I first saw this recipe on Epicurious a few years ago. There, it gets served as a salad — on top of romaine, with mango, red bell pepper, and avocado with a cumin-lime dressing. This spicy pork preparation is perfect in that salad! check it out!

  • http://kateiscooking.blogspot.com Kate

    Annie – this is a fabulous recipe! I’ve always used the recipe from Back Home Again – marinate the pork tenderloin in bourbon, brown sugar and soy sauce then serve it with a sauce with mayo, dried mustard, vinegar and scallions. This is equally good if not better. We finished it on the grill. We’ll absolutely make it again.

  • http://www.feedingthebirds.wordpress.com Jess

    This made a fantastic meal! My husband, too, declared it his new favorite pork recipe, and my son ate seconds and thirds!!
    I paired the pork with steam-sauteed broccoli and a combo of russet and sweet potatoes mashed with a little butter and half and half.
    I especially loved the ease of preparation — simple rub, one pan, huge flavor. Thanks for this one, Annie!

  • http://www.idontbelieveindiets.com cara

    Wow this looks yummy. I will be trying this out soon!

  • Lisa S

    I served this tonight and the family loved it, although I think I over did it on the cinnamon…still good though

  • Dani

    This was AMAZING!!!! Even requested for Easter!! Yay!!

  • http://fromthestartofthealphabet.blogspot.com Ashley C.

    My husband and I fixed this for dinner tonight, and it was AWESOME! We put it on our must-repeat list. Thank you for posting it!

  • http://www.path-less-traveled.blogspot.com lizibeth

    WOW! my husband made this using pork chops instead of a tenderloin and we LOVED it. :)
    I posted it on my blog, linking back to yours – hope that’s okay!

  • Luciana

    Annie, thank you for the recipe! I tried it today and it was a big hit with my family! They loved the combination of the cumin and cinnamon of the rub, and the sweetness of the glaze.
    Thank you also for all the wonderful inspirational recipes; your website makes me want to try and make everything! :D

  • Jeni

    Thank you so much for this recipe, Annie. I have a VERY picky husband and he loved this pork! Definitely a keeper :)

  • Donna

    I just made this recipe for my boyfriend and we both LOVED this. To be honest, I was skeptical at first but it ended up coming out juicy and delicious. especially the crust! Thanks for a great recipe and an awesome blog!

  • Dayna

    My husband thought this was the best meal I have ever made! Thank you so much for sharing! I LOVE YOUR BLOG!! You are my new go-to for dinner and dessert ideas. :-)

  • http://melkatcreations.blogspot.com Melissa K.

    I just made this for my family, and they all loved it! I used only two pounds of pork and it turned out spicier than I thought it would, but it was still awesome. This is a great recipe for something complex and sophisticated, but still really easy!

  • Sarah

    So Good! Thanks

  • Alisa

    Made this for Christmas dinner for my extended family. They loved it! I received many compliments, thanks Annie!

  • Sarah

    hands down the best pork tenderloin I have ever eaten. a new favorite!

  • Mia

    I’m a novice meat cooker, so I was preparing myself for some disappointments that usually accompany my first try at a meat recipe, but this turned out PERFECTLY. I served it with oranges and red onion drizzled with salt and olive oil plus some green beans. Yum! Both those sides complimented the pork so well, I highly recommend them.
    Cannot wait to make this again! And thanks for boosting my confidence in meat cooking.

  • Emma Warrington

    Just tried this recipe and it’s easily the best pork recipe I’ve ever tasted! Love it!!! :)

  • Jennifer

    Hi Annie! Trying this out tonight, can’t wait to taste it. Just wondering if you ever tried grilling the tenderloins instead of roasting?

  • Annie

    I haven’t tried that but I bet it would be great!

  • Emily

    I made this last night for dinner and it was fabulous! I have a tendency to overcook pork (mostly b/c I get distracted by the 3 beautiful, little that are running about), but this was tender, moist, and delicious!! I would definitely make it again. Thanks!

  • Jon

    Did you know almost this exact recipe is in the p90x workout program recipe book!?

  • Annie

    I did not! Interesting :)

  • Brittaney

    I made this a couple of weeks ago, and it turned out great. The husband and brother-in-law absolutely loved it. Now, it’s on the menu for tonight, again! Thanks for posting this great recipe that even my picky husband loved!

  • Jen

    Hi Annie!

    I am a huge fan of your site! Please keep on posting!

    I made this tonight and used two thick pork chops instead of an entire tenderloin and it turned out fantastic!

    Just thought I would share!

    -Jen B.

  • sarah

    thank you so much!..this is my new favorite pork recipe! it has such an amazing flavor and it is just so so simple to prepare!

  • Judith

    This is my favorite pork tenderloin recipe! You get a huge amount of flavor in very little time. Paired with mashed potatoes and a vegetable this makes a quick weeknight meal.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1685617484 Nancy Shelton Barnett

    Annie, I was wondering if this could be made in a crockpot? On busy days I like to throw everything in the pot and forget it. Thanks!

  • annieseats

    I am not familiar with crockpot cooking so I don’t have any advice in that regard. Good luck!

  • Jemccler

    This was FANTASTIC! I’ve never actually made a pork tenderloin before and this turned out to be SO simple and SO delicious! Thanks for the great recipe!

  • MelissaB

    I was in search of a spice rub for some pork tenderloin i had thawing out, and always start with you, i read the ingredients and thought, hmm i’m not sure about this, read what you had to say, and i trust your opinion completely, so i decided to try it, then read all the amazing comments and thought, well i really need to try this! It was so simple to make and DELICIOUS! My husband could not stop raving! we rarely eat pork as i cant find many recipes i enjoy, this one changed my mind. It is the perfect combo of sweet/spicy. I halved the recipe as i only had one pork tenderloin. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe!

  • Kristen

    Made this last night for dinner and it was really good. Found out the hard way that my meat thermometer is not correct for some reason >:-/ so it came out a little overdone, but I will definitely have to try it again!