Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Chipotle Sauce

  • Yield : 2 servings
  • Prep Time : 15m
  • Cook Time : 40m
  • Ready In : 10m
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  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Two 2-pound pork tenderloins, patted dry
  • Canola oil
  • Bourbon-Chipotle Sauce, for serving, recipe follows
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons bourbon
  • 4 cups homemade chicken stock
  • 1 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 8 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 chipotle in adobo sauce,chopped
  • Kosher salt


Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 

Step 2

Combine the paprika, sugar, salt, cumin, mustard powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a bowl. 

Step 3

Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat, and lightly coat with canola oil. Dredge the pork tenderloin in the rub, tapping off any excess, before searing on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Place the pan into the oven and cook to medium doneness, 8 to 10 minutes. Promptly remove from the oven and let rest at least 15 minutes. 

Step 4

Serve with the Bourbon-Chipotle Sauce.

Step 5

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onions until soft, and then pour in 2 cups of the bourbon and cook until reduced to a few tablespoons. Stir in the chicken stock, apple juice, brown sugar, peppercorns and chipotle, and cook until reduced by half. 

Step 6

Strain through a fine mesh strainer, and then return to the pan and cook until it becomes the consistency of a sauce. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons bourbon and cook 2 minutes. Season with salt.

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