Island Pork Tenderloin

The thing I loved most about this recipe was it only took about an hour, so you don’t have to prep it in the morning before leaving for work.  A lot of times with pork tenderloins they need to be cooked low and slow, but this recipe is just as flavorful, with a lot less time. Recipe and picture courtesy of

  • 2 lb. pork tenderloin
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

For Glaze:

  • 3/4 dark (or light ) brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Tabasco

Stir the spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl and rub all over the pork.  Heat oil in ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet over medium high heat.  Brown pork, turning occasionally, about 4-5 minutes total.  Remove from heat, but leave pork in skillet. Stir together brown sugar, garlic and Tabasco in a small bowl.  Pat the mixture on top of the pork.  Place skillet in the oven at 350.  Roast until thermometer inserted diagonally into the center of each tenderloin registers 140* degrees, about 20 minutes.  Let pork stand in skillet, loosely covered with foil for 10 minutes.

*Despite the USDA saying 140 degrees is the proper temp, it left the roast a little too pink for my tastes.  Next time I will get it to 150 at least.