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Barbecued Pork Tenderloin

Photography: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Yield 8 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces pork)
The surprise ingredient in the marinade is coffee—it contributes a rich, almost smoky flavor to the meat and blends magically with the vinegar, mustard, and molasses. When you're ready for a break from more traditional tomato-based barbecue sauces, this is the recipe you need.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon dark molasses
  • 2 (1-pound) pork tenderloins, trimmed
  • 1/4 cup finely ground coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sea or kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 196
  • caloriesfromfat 21 %
  • fat 4.5 g
  • satfat 1.5 g
  • monofat 1.8 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 28.9 g
  • carbohydrate 8.4 g
  • fiber 1.3 g
  • cholesterol 80 mg
  • iron 2.4 mg
  • sodium 566 mg
  • calcium 24 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag; add pork. Seal and marinate in refrigerator 2 to 12 hours, turning bag occasionally. Remove pork from bag; discard marinade.

  2. Prepare grill, heating one side to medium and one side to high heat.

  3. Combine ground coffee and next 4 ingredients (ground coffee through salt); rub over pork. Let stand at room temperature for 15 minutes.

  4. Combine 1/4 cup barbecue sauce and 1 tablespoon cider vinegar. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the barbecue sauce mixture, and set aside.

  5. Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray over high heat; grill 3 minutes, turning pork on all sides. Place pork over medium heat; grill 15 minutes, turning pork occasionally. Baste with 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce mixture; grill 5 minutes or until thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink), turning pork occasionally.

  6. Place pork on a platter; brush with reserved 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce mixture. Cover with foil; let stand 5 minutes.

Cook's Notes

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