Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Cocoa Chile Rub Recipe
Grilled Pork Tenderloin

A rich spice blend gives this grilled pork tenderloin recipe with cocoa chile rub an antioxidant-packed flavor boost

Grilled pork tenderloin is incredibly lean: A cooked 3-ounce serving only has 3 grams of fat. Keep it heart-healthy with a virtually fat-free rub made from cocoa powder, ground ancho and chipotle pepper, garlic powder, paprika, plus a little Mexican oregano and cinnamon for flavor depth.

Except for the salt, absolutely every ingredient in this cocoa chile rub is filled with powerful antioxidants.

Pork stays moist and flavorful by cooking only to 145 F with a 3-minute rest period. According to new guidelines issued by the USDA, meat is perfectly safe at this temperature. Use a thermometer for accurate cooking.

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Chile Rub Recipe

    Prep Time: 15 minutes

    Cook time: 10 minutes

    Yield: Makes about 8 4-ounce servings

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Chile Rub Ingredients

    2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder

    2 teaspoons ancho chili pepper

    1 teaspoon chipotle chili pepper

    1/2 teaspoon paprika

    1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper

    1 teaspoon garlic powder

    1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano leaves

    1/2 teaspoon ground Saigon cinnamon

    1 tablespoon firmly packed light brown sugar

    1 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt

    2 pork tenderloins (2 to 2 1/4 pounds total)

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Chile Rub Recipe Instructions

    1. Grease or oil grill grates and heat grill to medium-high.

    2. Mix cocoa powder, spices, herbs and salt in a small bowl. Whisk until completely blended.

    3. Rub all of the cocoa-chili mixture over tenderloins, completely coating and pressing mixture into tenderloin thoroughly.

    4. Grill pork to 145 F, checking temperature frequently after 10 minutes to avoid overcooking. Once pork reaches 145 F, remove to platter and let rest 3 minutes before slicing.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Cocoa Chile Rub Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    180 calories

    30 g protein

    3.5 g carbohydrates

    4 g fat (1.5 g saturated)

    82 mg cholesterol

    380 mg sodium

    539 mg potassium

    16 mg calcium

    1.8 mg iron

    442 IU vitamin A

    0.5 mg vitamin C

    1 g fiber

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