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Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro Photo by: Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro

Jamaican Jerk Pork Tenderloin

The sweet and spicy marinade gives the pork tenderloin amazing flavor for a 5-star grilling sensation.

Cooking Light MAY 2001

  • Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork)

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

Preparation

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.

Prepare grill.

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

Note:

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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 248
  • Calories from fat: 27%
  • Fat: 7.5g
  • Saturated fat: 2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2g
  • Protein: 36.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.1g
  • Fiber: 1.5g
  • Cholesterol: 111mg
  • Iron: 3.1mg
  • Sodium: 1126mg
  • Calcium: 52mg
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