February 4, 2014

Island Pork Tenderloin

This dish is very delicious and different. Really great!
Serves 6-8

2 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (2 ¼- 2 ½ lb total) 
2 TBS olive oil
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 TBS finely chopped garlic
1 TBS Tabasco (It's spicy so if you don't like kick go easy on the Tabasco!)

Preheat oven to 350.  Stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon, then coat pork with spice rub.  Heat oil in oven proof 12 inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until just beginning to smoke, then brown pork, turning, about 4 minutes total.  Leave pork in skillet.  Stir together brown sugar, garlic and Tabasco and pat on the top of each tenderloin.  Roast in middle of oven until thermometer inserted diagonally in center of each tenderloin registers 140 degrees, about 25 minutes.  Let pork stand at room temperature 10 minutes.  (temperature will rise to about 155 degrees while standing.) Slice in 1-2" pieces and serve with sauce. To make sauce pour the drippings in the pan through a strainer and then serve.

***For non pork lovers, I have made this with chicken too and it turns out just as great. Very Yummy!

Goes really well with Coconut Rice.

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