Randy Mayor; Jan Gautro
4 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork)

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

How to Make It

Step 1

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

Step 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.

Step 3

Prepare grill.

Step 4

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

Chef'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.

Ratings & Reviews

Outstanding for tailgating or for cooking for the crowd.

September 27, 2017
I have been using this recipe as a tailgating staple for a few years now and it still gets rave reviews from both first timers to those that have had it before. Can go with 2-4 habaneros. If you get the smaller tenderloins that come together in a package there is no need to butterfly, especially if going for a 24 hour marinade, which I suggest to get all the wonderful flavors fully introduced to the protein. Lots of ingredients but well worth the effort!

LindigoGirl's Review

May 07, 2009
This was okay. Easy to make and tasted good, but not fabulous. I used 2 habanero peppers and had to scrape off the meat for my kids. It was fine for the adults.

muthaearth's Review

April 11, 2011
This turned out so delicious that I keep drooling when I think about it!

ksmith6103's Review

September 09, 2014
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!

srwfromorange's Review

January 16, 2011
This pork was outstanding. I didnt make any changes to the recipe, served it with coconut rice & mnango salsa. Yum.

KaylaD's Review

August 22, 2011
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.

Magda1's Review

May 28, 2009
I am giving it 4 stars ....just because I did not use the habenero as the guests I had can't tolerate spicy food so it was not spicy as it should have been. I will make it again with habanero. it can be prepared for everyday easy to prepare. served it with baked potatoes, coleslaw and corn salad with tomatoes, and avocado (Martha Steward)....mmm good

stephanielbyers's Review

August 22, 2010
Delish!!! We omitted the onion (not the green onion) and since I only had apple cider vinegar on hand, we used that in place of the white vinegar. We put in 3 unseeded and 2 seeded habanero peppers and whoa! it had a kick!! We served it with rice pilaf and will definitely have it again!!

Sammiehigg's Review

October 11, 2012

MsJillian's Review

April 15, 2013