Recipe by Kozmic Blues
The spice rub for this is fantastic! At first I was a bit skeptical after I had mixed all the spices together and smelled it. BUT, after I rubbed it into the pork tenderloin and started searing it, this incredible smell filled my kitchen. I got this recipe from Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello. My husband, the meat-eater, loved it!
Top Review by Secure Amy
WOW this was good! I only had ground of everything and it worked just fine. I just threw in a little of each to just do one cooking and it tasted FAB!!!! Will make this more for my family. Eating it cold in a sandwich right now!
- 1 tablespoon whole white peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon whole coriander seed
- 4 1⁄2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cloves
- 3 1⁄2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
- 4 tablespoons sea salt or 4 tablespoons kosher salt (ok)
- 2 (2 lb) pork tenderloin
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, toast white peppercorns and coriander seeds until they begin to pop.
- Remove from heat and grind to fine powder in a spice mill or coffee grinder.
- Mix the ground pepper and coriander with remaining spices, cocoa and salt.
- Trim the pork tenderloins of fat and silver skin.
- Rub with a generous amount of the cocoa spice rub.
- Heat the olive oil in a large, ovenproof saute pan over medium high heat until hot but not smoking.
- Sear each tenderloin on all sides until a rich brown color, about 2 minutes on each side.
- Remove tenderloins from heat and finish in the oven for about 10 minutes or until cooked through or until internal temp reads 150 degrees.
- Let the tenderloins rest out of the oven for at LEAST 10 minutes before carving.
- Extra cocoa spice rub will keep in an airtight container for up to 3 months.