Caribbean Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Pineapple Salsa
Serves 4 (serving size: about 3 ounces pork and 1/2 cup pineapple mixture)
Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Lindsey Lower, Claire Spollen
1 tablespoon salt-free Caribbean jerk seasoning (such as McCormick)
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed and halved crosswise
4 (1/2-inch-thick) slices fresh pineapple
3/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 Fresno chile, thinly sliced
How to Make It
Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.
Coat grill rack with cooking spray. Rub jerk seasoning and 1/4 teaspoon salt evenly over pork. Add pork to grill; grill 12 to 14 minutes or until a thermometer registers 145°, turning occasionally. Place pork on a platter. Cover with foil; let stand 5 minutes. Cut across the grain into slices.
Coat grill rack with cooking spray. Arrange pineapple slices on grill; cook 3 minutes on each side or until well marked. Remove from grill; chop. Combine pineapple, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, onion, and remaining ingredients in a bowl. Serve with pork.
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I seasoned the pork loin 60 minutes prior to grilling - did not halve it - 25 minutes total with a rest for 5. The salsa was fantastic thought I couldn't find a Fresno chili, I subbed half a serrano instead. We served this dish in flour tortillas, making them into soft tacos. Wonderful. Diced avocado on the side and we had a simple dinner on the table in short order. The family loved it too (teenager did add cheese). Will definitely make again and seek out the Fresno chili next time.
I could not find the McCormick Jerk seasoning so I made my own using a recipe from the myrecipes web site. I also did not cut the tenderloin in half as I thought it would cook too fast on the grill. The salsa was out of this world. I did not use all of the oil--just added enough so that the pineapple was not "sitting" in it. I served it with Trader Joe's Rice and Orzo Pilaf and a salad. Will make again!
Loved the grilled pineapple salsa! Next time I will cut the olive oil in half, though. Loved the flavor of the jerk seasoning against the salsa. I served over a little brown rice, my teenagers and husband all loved it.