Chef John's Grilled Jerk Pork Tenderloin

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  • Prep

    25 m
  • Cook

    35 m
  • Ready In

    5 h
Chef John
Recipe by  Chef John

“As I suspected, the spicy, aromatic marinade worked wonderfully with the lean mild pork. As long as you heed my warnings not to overcook the meat, you and your guests will be very happy with this.”

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Ingredients

Adjust Servings

Original recipe yields 6 servings

Directions

  1. Cut the tenderloin in half and set the thinner end to the side. Cut the thicker end in half lengthwise. You should have 3 mostly equal pieces.
  2. Combine onion, thyme, vinegar, garlic, habanero peppers, ginger, soy sauce, vegetable oil, brown sugar, allspice, black pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and cinnamon in a blender. Puree until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides.
  3. Pour Jerk marinade into a resealable plastic bag. Add pork tenderloin pieces, coat with the marinade, squeeze out excess air, and seal the bag. Marinate in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours.
  4. Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil the grate.
  5. Grill pork, moving if necessary to avoid overcooking the thin parts of the meat, until dark grill marks appear and they lift easily from the grill, 6 to 7 minutes each side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 145 degrees F (63 degrees C).

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Reviews (18)

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Lindseye117
17

Lindseye117

Delicious!! I made this in the slow cooker and it came out so tender and yummy!! The only thing different I did was omit the habaƱero pepper. Those are way too spicy for us. Perfect combo of sweet and spice. Thank you for the new recipe!!

Julie
8

Julie

Very good!

lucylove
5

lucylove

This was good, and close to authentic jerk flavor. I used habaneros, as written, but think it would be better with scotch bonnet peppers. Served with simple baked sweet potatoes topped with butter, salt and pepper, and a classic carrot-pineapple raisin salad with a pineapple-maple vinaigrette. Our pork cooked up just a tiny bit dry (we normally grill the tenderloin whole) so I spooned a bit of the vinaigrette over it. Nice!

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Nutrition

Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 337 cal
  • 17%
  • Fat
  • 15.7 g
  • 24%
  • Carbs
  • 5.9 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 41 g
  • 82%
  • Cholesterol
  • 127 mg
  • 42%
  • Sodium
  • 389 mg
  • 16%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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