Thursday, April 29, 2010

Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

I love the smoky heat of chipotle peppers.  I love chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and I love dried chipotle powder.  I can’t seem to get enough of them, and I will soon be sharing more recipes to prove it!  I’m afraid you’ll be sick of hearing about chipotle peppers before I’m finished. 

I’m not sure I can say I love pork tenderloins, but they are convenient for weeknight meals. Don’t get me wrong, I do enjoy pork tenderloins, but like chicken breasts I got tired of how I fixed them.   This rub was just what I needed to enjoy pork tenderloin again.   The rub was delicious on its own, but I added the apple jelly glaze to intensify the sweet and spicy combination of the rub.  My family enjoyed this pork tenderloin for dinner too.  Always a plus!

I had forgotten how easy and quick pork tenderloin is to make for a weeknight dinner.  Do you have a good pork tenderloin recipe?  Let me know.  I’d like to expand my pork tenderloin repertoire

Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin
click here for a printable version of the recipe.

2 pork tenderloins.

2 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons chipotle powder, separated
1 teaspoons paprika
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon garlic salt
¼ teaspoon kosher salt

½ cup apple jelly

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill to medium high.

Mix together the brown sugar, 1 teaspoon chipotle powder, paprika, coriander, garlic salt and kosher salt.  Rub the spice mixture evenly over the pork tenderloins. 

Heat the apple jelly until it becomes smooth, and add ½ teaspoon chipotle powder.

Place the pork tenderloins on the grill.  Grill the pork for 15-18 minutes or until you get a temperature of 155°F, turning the pork often.  In the last 3 to 5 minutes of cooking, brush on the apple jelly mixture.  Take off the heat and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes.  Slice and serve.


  1. Hi Janice, this recipe sounds great & looks fab too. What did you serve with it BTW?

    We love port tenderloin. I have attached a link to my recipes for pork (not all of them tenderloin, but mostly). If you love chinese you must try the char siu pork!!!!

  2. tenderloin with a good rub. The flavors you've added to this sounds yummy -- especially for a pleasant weeknight grilled dinner. :)

  3. Hi Debs, I served a carrot and jicama salad with a honey lime dressing. The salad was nice and light with the pork, but I need to work on the texture a bit. I shredded the carrot and jicama, but I really needed to julienne them Thanks for the pork ideas! Janice

    Hi Kellypea, Thanks! I'm so happy the rain has stopped (so far) so I can plan more grilled dinners. Thanks for visiting! Janice

  4. Hi, we tried this for a bbq at the beginning of the summer. it was amazing! we used apple butter instead (had a hard time finding apple jam). We served with grilled vegetables. it was an absolute success!

    great recipe and great blog!

  5. Amazing and Authentic recipe Sweet and spicy pork, its very tasty and we enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. I recommend it for everyone to try it at least once.

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