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Pork Tenderloin with Smoky Espresso Rub

Photo: Oxmoor House
Yield 4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork and 4 teaspoons sauce)
Turn up the wow factor as pork tenderloin gets dressed up with the palate-pleasing tastes of smoky and sweet.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Spanish smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso granules or 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 (1-pound) pork tenderloin, trimmed
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup water

Nutrition Information

  • calories 151
  • fat 3.9 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 1.9 g
  • polyfat 0.6 g
  • protein 24.1 g
  • carbohydrate 3.7 g
  • fiber 0.5 g
  • cholesterol 74 mg
  • iron 1.4 mg
  • sodium 352 mg
  • calcium 12 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 425°.

  2. Combine first 7 ingredients. Rub sugar mixture over pork. Cover and let stand 15 minutes.

  3. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Heat oil in pan. Add pork; cook 2 minutes on each side or until browned. Bake at 425° for 20 minutes or until a thermometer registers 160° (slightly pink).

  4. Remove pork from pan, reserving drippings in pan. Cover pork and let stand 5 minutes. Stir 1/2 cup water into drippings, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Drizzle sauce over pork.

Cook's Notes

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