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Classic barbecue rub for pork tenderloin

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SmartPoints® value per serving
Total Time
25 min
Prep
10 min
Cook
15 min
Serves
4
Difficulty
Easy
A versatile way to add a bright layer of flavor to grilled pork. You could also use it on flank steak. It’s so simple to mix together plan to double it to keep it on hand. Great for last-minute cooking or let it sit in the fridge longer to pack more of a punch. For more intense flavor, coat the tenderloin in the rub, seal it in a zip-close plastic bag, and refrigerate for up to 4 hours. To round out the meal with plenty of veggies, pair the pork with grilled corn on the cob and a simple salad of mixed greens tossed with a lime vinaigrette.

Ingredients

Fresh lime juice

2 tsp, plus extra for drizzling at end

Uncooked lean pork tenderloin

1¼ pound(s)

Chili powder

1½ tsp

Packed light brown sugar

1 tsp

Paprika

1 tsp

Ground cumin

½ tsp

Dry mustard

½ tsp

Ground cinnamon

½ tsp

Table salt

½ tsp

Cayenne pepper

tsp

Cooking spray

2 spray(s)

Instructions

  1. Rub lime juice over the pork tenderloin.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients in a small bowl with a fork, then gently pat onto the tenderloin, coating evenly.
  3. To broil, line a broiler pan with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick spray. Preheat the broiler, set the tenderloin on the pan, and broil 5 to 6 inches from the heat, turning once, until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest part of the tenderloin registers at least 145ºF, about 14 minutes.
  4. To grill outdoors, spray the grill rack with nonstick spray then preheat the grill to high or prepare a high-heat coal bed in a charcoal grill. Set the prepared tenderloin directly over the heat and grill, turning once, until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into center of the thickest part of the tenderloin registers at least 145ºF, about 12 minutes.
  5. To grill indoors, spray a grill pan with nonstick spray then heat over medium-high heat. Lay the prepared tenderloin in the pan and cook, turning once, until an instant-read meat thermometer inserted into the center of the thickest part of the tenderloin registers at least 145ºF, about 14 minutes.
  6. Transfer the tenderloin to a cutting board; let stand 5 minutes before slicing into 1/2-inch thick rounds. Serve drizzled with fresh lime juice. Yields about 4 ounces per serving.