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!



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