Pork Tenderloin Rodriguez W/Guava Glaze & Orange Habaneros

Total Time
Prep 35 mins
Cook 20 mins

This recipe was originally part of a menu by Bobby Flay for a backyard barbecue. Bobby Flay's Boy Gets Grill, 2004. "My good friend Eddie Rodriguez, a clothing designer (he is the Rodriguez in Wilke-Rodriguez), is my longtime guide to the wonderful world of Cuban flavor. This recipe is my tribute to him. Lime, orange, garlic, cumin, vinegar, and just the right amount of chile heat are, to me, what makes Cuban food so irresistible. If you've never tasted a real Cuban mojo, the classic sauce for pork, plantains, and a lot of other staples, prepare to be blown away. I like to grill pork tenderloins, which cook fast and stay juicy. Lean pork tenderloins cook like chicken breasts. They're very simple and very tender, but you have got to get them off the grill before they overcook. As soon as they firm up, they are DONE." One footnote: if you can get sour oranges that's even better to make the mojo or if not, make it a combination of orange juice and grapefruit juice.

Ingredients Nutrition


  2. Whisk the ingredients together and season to taste with salt and pepper. (The glaze can be made a few days in advance, covered, and kept refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before using.).
  4. Heat the oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes; do not brown.
  6. Add the orange juice, lime juice, and habanero and bring to a boil.
  7. Cook until reduced by half.
  8. Whisk in the cilantro and cumin and season to taste with salt and pepper. (The mojo can be made a few hours in advance and set aside at room temperature.).
  10. Heat your grill to high.
  11. Set aside a few tablespoons of glaze for brushing the cooked pork.
  12. Brush the pork with the oil and sprinkle with salt and peppers.
  13. Grill, brushing often with the glaze, until just cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side.
  14. Remove the pork from the grill, brush with the reserved glaze, and let rest for 10 minutes.
  15. Cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices and arrange on a serving platter.
  16. Drizzle with mojo and serve immediately.
Most Helpful

Wonderful recipe and beautiful presentation. Family and friends loved it! Only thing I changed was using jalapenos instead of habaneros and not adding cumin - just a personal preference. Grilled vegetables alongside and you have the perfect meal. I know it looks like a lot of steps and ingredients, but it really is easy to make. I made the glaze and mojo earlier in the day which made it easier also!!

shelly5tex October 14, 2010