Blackened Pork Tenderloin

Blackened Pork Tenderloin

Courtesy of National Pork Board 6 Servings • 18 Min. Cook Time • 30 Min. Marinate Time


1 1/2 lb. pork tenderloin
6 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. kosher salt
2 Tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. onion powder
3/4 tsp. coriander
3/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. cayenne
1/4 tsp. white pepper
2 Tbsp. butter


1. In a large measuring cup, combine sugar, kosher salt and 1 c. hot water, stirring to dissolve sugar and salt. Add 1 c. cold water. Transfer mixture to a large resealable bag and add pork. Set aside at room temperature for at least 30 min. or as long as an hour.

2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, coriander, table salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper and white pepper. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat, and add the butter. When foaming subsides, add spice mixture and cook, whisking frequently, until it becomes a dark rust color, about 2 min. Transfer to a plate and set aside to cool to room temperature.

3. Remove tenderloin from brine and pat dry. Rub all over with spice mixture.

4. Preheat a grill with an area for direct high heat and an area for indirect heat. Grill tenderloin over direct heat until well-browned

on all 4 sides, about 2 1/2 min. per side. Move to indirect heat, cover with an overturned disposable aluminum pan, and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. (medium rare) and 160°F. (medium), on a meat thermometer, 6 to 8 min. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 3 min.

Slice the tenderloin and serve.

* Serve this slightly spicy meat with a cooling slaw, green salad, or grain salad. Any leftovers make great sandwiches, especially slathered with chipotle mayo.

* Inspired by the dish Chef Jeff Mauro prepared for Food Network In Concert.

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