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Recipe: Jamaican barbecued pork tenderloin

Medically reviewed on September 6, 2017

Serves 4

Dietitian Tip

As lean as chicken breast, pork tenderloin has a milder, slightly sweet flavor. Here, it's coated with a jerk-style spice rub and grilled or broiled.

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pork tenderloin, about 1 pound, trimmed of visible fat
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dark honey
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste

Directions

In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the black pepper. Rub the spice mixture over the pork and let stand for 15 minutes.

In another small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, tomato paste and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk to blend. Set aside.

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler (grill) to medium-high or 400 F. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.

Place the pork on the grill rack or broiler pan. Grill or broil at medium-high heat, turning several times, until browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Remove to a cooler part of the grill or reduce the heat and continue cooking for 14 to 16 minutes. Baste with the vinegar-honey glaze and continue cooking until the pork is slightly pink inside and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 160 F, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

To serve, slice the pork tenderloin crosswise into 16 pieces and arrange on a warmed serving platter, or divide the slices among individual plates.

Nutritional Analysis (per serving)

Serving Size4 pork tenderloin slices
Calories143
Carbohydrate6 g
Cholesterol74 mg
Fiber1 g
Protein24 g
Sodium509 mg
Monounsaturated Fat1 g
Saturated Fat1 g
Total Fat2.5 g

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