1 to 4 Scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, seeded and chopped
1 (1 1/2-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
How to Make It
Place first 15 ingredients in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth.
Slice pork lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side. Open halves, laying each side flat. Slice each half lengthwise, cutting to, but not through, other side; open flat. Combine pork and green onion mixture in a dish or large zip-top plastic bag. Cover or seal; marinate in refrigerator 3 to 24 hours. Remove pork from dish or bag; discard remaining marinade.
Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 8 minutes on each side or until meat thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink).
This fiery barbecue was invented by runaway slaves as a means of preserving meats without refrigeration. Here, we butterfly the pork tenderloin to increase the surface area for the Scotch bonnet pepper marinade to penetrate.
This was my first attempt at making a jerk rub and I was admittedly overwhelmed by the list of ingredients. It took me a lot longer than it probably should have to prepare, I used 2 habaneros and marinated it for 24 hours. The effort paid off, however, it was moist and the rub was excellent. I will absolutely make this again when I have company I need to impress!
Great recipe! We just came back from St Lucia and wanted to try to replicate the great jerk pork we ate there - this was very close! Used a 3.5lb pork loin, doubled the marinade, and grilled longer on indirect heat. Used two peppers from the garden (1 per recipe, really), a "hot hottie", not sure where it sits on the scale compared to habenero, but it was about the perfect amount of heat for us and our guests. Marinaded 24 hours. Next time will try to finish the pork on direct heat to blacken it up a little.