This Mexi-inspired recipe will please most tastes (sans vegetarians). The lightly seasoned pork has good flavor without being dominated by the rub, which is a combo of paprika, brown sugar, chile powder and allspice. After I put the rub on the pork, I put it back in the fridge for a few hours while I took the kids swimming. When we got back from the pool, I proceeded with the recipe and made the tomato sauce and grilled the pork. The sauce, which is basically a salsa, is a delicious compliment to the perfectly cooked, super-tender pork tenderloins.
The jalepeno pepper that I used for the fire-roasted sauce was on the tame side so I also added a little chopped chipotle chile to the simmering sauce. This added the kick that I was looking for and provided a bit more smoky flavor, too. Leftover sauce is great as a dip with chips!
Dry-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Fire-Roasted Tomato Sauce
-recipe from Weber’s Real Grilling™ by Jamie Purviance
Makes 4 servings.
8 ripe, plum tomatoes, stems removed
1 jalapeño chile pepper, stem and seeds removed
1/2 cup tightly packed fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup roughly chopped red onion
1/4 cup tightly packed fresh cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons minced garlic
Ground black pepper
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pure chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
2 pork tenderloins, about 1 pound each, trimmed of excess fat and silver skin
Extra-virgin olive oil
Prepare the grill for direct cooking over high heat (450° to 550°F).
Brush the cooking grates clean. Grill the tomatoes and jalapeño over direct high heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until blackened and blistered in spots, turning as needed. The tomatoes will take 4 to 6 minutes and the jalapeño will take 2 to 3 minutes. Put the tomatoes and jalapeño in a food processor along with the remaining sauce ingredients, and process until smooth. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and allow to cook until the sauce has thickened slightly, 5 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
In a small bowl, mix the rub ingredients.
Trim any excess fat and sliver skin from the tenderloins. Lightly brush the tenderloins on all sides with oil and season evenly with the rub, pressing the spices into the meat. Allow the tenderloins to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling. Reduce the temperature of the grill to medium heat (350° to 450°F).
Grill the tenderloins over direct medium heat, with the lid closed as much as possible, until the pork is barely pink in the center, 15 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes before slicing. Serve warm with the sauce.