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Recipe: Jamaican barbecued pork tenderloin

Updated: 10-03-2008

Dietitian's 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

Serves: 4

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 pork tenderloin, about 1 pound, trimmed of visible fat
1 1/2 teaspoons dark honey
1 teaspoon tomato paste
2 teaspoons white vinegar

Directions

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

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler (grill) to medium-high or 400 F.

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

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, about 3 minutes on each side. Remove to a cooler part of the grill or reduce the heat and continue cooking for about 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
  • Calories: 180
  • Total carbohydrate: 6 g
  • Cholesterol: 75 mg
  • Dietary fiber: 1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 3 g
  • Protein: 24 g
  • Saturated fat: 2 g
  • Sodium: 508 mg
  • Total fat: 6 g
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