Sugar 'n' Spice Pork Tenderloin from the James Beard House

"I took this from Leite's Culinaria (It is a part of a recipe by Neal Langermann of Georgia Brown Washington, DC.) He also includes a gravy and a succotash with the tenderloin and you can find those with the link above. Cooking time here includes brining time."
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Ready In:
12hrs 30mins
1 tenderloin




  • To brine the pork, combine all of the ingredients for the brine in deep bowl. Trim the pork tenderloin of all silverskin and place in the bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours.
  • To finish the pork, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, star anise, Szechuan peppercorns, salt, and pepper in a spice or coffee grinder and process until ground to a powder.
  • Preheat the own to 350°F (175°C).
  • Remove the pork from the brine and pat dry.
  • Coat the pork with the spice mixture, pressing it on to form an even crust.
  • Heat the olive oil in an ovenproof pan and sear the pork on all sides. Place the pan in the oven and roast pork for about 20 minutes, or until the pork has reached the desired doneness.
  • To serve, carve the pork into 1/2-inch-thick slices.

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  1. rosslare
    Totally awesome, tender and flavorsome pork! The sugar spice crust is flavored with star anise, sezchuan pepper etc. I only used 1 tbs brown sugar, that was perfect, mildly sweet, for us. I always reduce sugar radically from meat recipes, we prefer them only slightly sweet.
  2. ChefLee
    Really great!!! The brine makes for the most tender meat ever!!! I love the brown sugar-spice crust that forms after baking!! I don't have a spice grinder and I was having trouble grating my star anise so I used Chinese 5 spice powder which has star anise and cinnamon in it. Also, just used the course grate on my peppermill to achieve pepper that was similar in size to szechuan peppercorns (I will have to run out and find some of those for this recipe!!). Cooked the meat for 30 minutes until it reached a temp. of 150 degrees F, then I let it rest for 10 minutes to bring it up to a perfect 160 degrees!! Loved this recipe, thanks for posting!!


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