Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Thom Driver
Hands-on Time
15 Mins
Total Time
37 Mins
4 servings (serving size: 3 slices)

For this flavorful pork tenderloin dinner inspired by the classic Cuban sandwich, stuff pork tenderloin with mustard, cilantro, Swiss cheese, and pickles and grill until done.  While the pork is cooking, add fresh vegetables to the grill for a complete meal.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

Step 2

Cut a lengthwise slit down the center of the tenderloin two-thirds of the way through the meat. Open halves, laying tenderloin flat. Place tenderloin between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/2-inch thickness using a meat mallet or heavy skillet. Spread mustard evenly over pork. Sprinkle with cilantro. Arrange cheese and pickles over pork in a single layer. Roll up, starting with long side; secure pork at 1-inch intervals with twine. Sprinkle evenly with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Place the pork on a grill rack coated with cooking spray. Grill 22 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155°, turning after 11 minutes. Remove from grill. Let stand, covered, for 5 minutes. Cut into 12 slices.

Step 4

Wine Match: A dry, medium-weight rosé, like Crios de Susana Balbo Rose of Malbec, Argentina ($12), has enough crisp acidity to match the stuffed pork's sweet-tart pickles and tangy Dijon mustard (two ingredients that would put the kibosh on most reds) yet just a smidgen of tannins to tango with the melted Swiss cheese. --Scott Jones

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews


August 02, 2016
This was a spectacular recipe. The best pork tenderloin we have made. Our full review with pictures is here: 

Loved it

June 17, 2016
Made this as described,  but I added thin slices of black forest ham inside and then wrapped the tenderloin in bacon before grilling. Delicious! 

eatwright's Review

March 08, 2015
Loved it. Did half bread and butter pickles, half garlic dill. Seasoned with Bad Byron's Butt Rub.

zqinfl's Review

May 02, 2014
Fantastic! Easy and fast to make. Excellent for a dinner party. Make cuban style rice and black beans to go with it. Everyone has seconds. Plan to drink the recommended wine with it next time. This is on my regular menu for the month.

Kdoggett's Review

January 12, 2014
This was delicious, and really fun to make. I increased the mustard to 3 Tbsp. and added sliced ham as others suggested. Perfect with black beans on the side.

JillKD's Review

September 07, 2013
This was delicious ! Super fast but still impressive. Next time I'll make the pork thinner for easier rolling. I didn't have twine so I used toothpicks which worked out just fine. We don't have a grill, so I put it in the broiler for about 10 minutes, flipping halfway through.

SummerVB's Review

April 09, 2013
I thought this was tasty, but not my favorite. My husband isn't a big fan of new flavors but he is very good about giving things a try and this was a big "no" in his book. It is an interesting combo, and the meat turned out great but it just wasn't right for our tastebuds.

smiths37's Review

September 06, 2012
This is super good! My tenderloin was pretty thick, so I made three cuts to make a flat(ish) piece before pounding it. It's a little difficult to to roll up, and some of my filling came out the ends (but I just stuffed it back in when I was done). I would suggest having the strings under the pork before adding the fillings so they are ready to tie up once you roll it up. Served with cajun rice and roasted broccoli.

PKFletcher's Review

March 20, 2012
I have made this recipe many times and every time my guests love it. Make sure you have the string as it is very important for successful cooking. Fun and delicious.

TLLagana's Review

January 10, 2012