Sunday, July 25, 2010

Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Loin

I can NOT even begin to tell you how wonderful this was. We made it the last night Aunt Char and Rachel were here and Jenna said she was about to drink the sauce. The meat was very tender--did not need a knife to cut this. This will be one of our go to recipes! I did cook this for about 35 minutes. We don't like pink meat and at 25minutes, it was still pink. I did have potatoes and rolls in the oven, so that could have slowed the cooking down.

Brown Sugar Spiced Pork Loin

*Makes about 2 1/2 pounds of pork tenderloin, enough to serve 8-10 adults*

Rub Ingredients:
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 pork tenderloins (2 1/2 lb. total), each tenderloin cut into two chunks
2 tablespoons olive oil
Glaze ingredients:
1 cup packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic *Beth's notes:I used one whole bulb--about 1 generous T.
1 tablespoon tabasco sauce **Beth's notes: I used a generic of Franks hot sauce

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a small bowl, stir together salt, pepper, cumin, chili powder, and cinnamon, then coat the pork with the spice rub. Heat the oil in an ovenproof 12-inch heavy skillet that is ovenproof (I used my cast iron skillet) over medium high heat until the oil is hot and rippling. Brown the pork, turning, about 4 minutes total. Leave pork in the skillet.

Stir together the brown sugar, garlic, and Tabasco and pat on top of each tenderloin. Roast in the middle of the oven until a thermometer inserted diagonally in center of each tenderloin registers 140, about 25 minutes. Let pork stand in the skillet at room temperature for 10 minutes. The temperature will rise to about 155 while standing.

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