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Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin

Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork)
The sweet and spicy marinade gives the pork tenderloin amazing flavor for a 5-star grilling sensation.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 to 4 Scotch bonnet or habanero peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 (1 1/2-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • Cooking spray

Nutrition Information

  • calories 248
  • caloriesfromfat 27 %
  • fat 7.5 g
  • satfat 2 g
  • monofat 2.8 g
  • polyfat 2 g
  • protein 36.9 g
  • carbohydrate 7.1 g
  • fiber 1.5 g
  • cholesterol 111 mg
  • iron 3.1 mg
  • sodium 1126 mg
  • calcium 52 mg

How to Make It

  1. Place first 15 ingredients in a blender or food processor, and process until smooth.

    Preparing Fresh Ginger
  2. 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.

  3. Prepare grill.

  4. Place pork on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 8 minutes on each side or until meat thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink).

Cook's Notes

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.