Spicy-sweet pork tenderloin: easy to make and a real crowd-pleaser! Serve with a cucumber-red onion salad and soft polenta or cornbread.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C).

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  • Whisk chili powder, black pepper, ground cumin, and salt together in a small bowl. Rub spice mixture onto all sides of pork tenderloin. Place tenderloin in a shallow roasting pan.

  • Roast tenderloin in the preheated oven until no longer pink in the center, about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read 150 degrees F (65 degrees C).

  • Stir pepper jelly and balsamic vinegar together in a saucepan over low heat until jelly is completely melted, 1 to 2 minutes. Brush pepper jelly mixture over pork tenderloin and continue to bake tenderloin until jelly coating is hot, about 5 minutes more. Let pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Nutrition Facts

161 calories; protein 17.9g 36% DV; carbohydrates 15.5g 5% DV; fat 3g 5% DV; cholesterol 49.1mg 16% DV; sodium 355.4mg 14% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2016
Delicious. I used the spice mixture as a dry rub and let the pork sit overnight to more fully enhance the flavor. Grilled the pork on the barbeque using indirect heat until the desired temperature and then glazed it with the pepper jelly until it coated the meat. As another reviewer noted this can be quite spicy so cut back on the seasonings if you need to. Served with mashed cauliflower and candied carrots for a quick easy weeknight meal. Thank you Walshmartin for a nice change of pace. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2019
This recipe was good but not a winner with everyone in my house. Read More
39 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 26
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 3
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
10/25/2016
Delicious. I used the spice mixture as a dry rub and let the pork sit overnight to more fully enhance the flavor. Grilled the pork on the barbeque using indirect heat until the desired temperature and then glazed it with the pepper jelly until it coated the meat. As another reviewer noted this can be quite spicy so cut back on the seasonings if you need to. Served with mashed cauliflower and candied carrots for a quick easy weeknight meal. Thank you Walshmartin for a nice change of pace. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2015
Made this last night for dinner. Changed up the seasonings and used a Bourbon Bacon Jam that I had previously made. I added potatoes and carrots to pan and everything was delicious! I'm rating this more for the cooking technique. Was skeptical about the high temp but the roast turned out perfectly!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2014
I was looking for a last-minute easy pork tenderloin recipe that clearly had some spice to it -- and this definitely fit the bill. I made this for a family holiday gathering and it was quick simple and well-received. The rub was great and the red pepper jelly was really what drew me to the recipe. Thanks for sharing! Will definitely make it again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2015
I made this dish tonight exactly as the recipe stated and it was delicious! I will definately be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2016
Loved this - I have lots of pepper jelly (my hot pepper plants were prolific this year) and this recipe was perfect! Doubled the recipe - used the leftovers for pork tacos. Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/20/2018
I'm not much of a cook but I made this and it turned out great! Someone gave me a jar of pepper jelly so I searched for what I could do with it. Found this recipe and made it. I rubbed the spices into it (I didn't have cumin so I used ground ginger) and cooked it according to the recipe. Added the jelly and cooked it another 10 minutes. Everyone was super impressed and I've added it to my short list of things I know I can cook well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/13/2018
I was out of chili powder so I subbed in smoked paprika and also cut back on the black pepper as one member of our family doesn't like it. The rub was delicious and I'd use it again even without the sauce. The sauce itself was sooooooo tasty although I wish I'd gotten a thicker coating on the pork. Really pleased with this recipe. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/17/2017
Should have used a tenderloin instead of the pork roast that I had. Good flavor but a little dry. Will try again with the right meat. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/05/2015
wonderful quick go to tenderloin recipe. The sweet hits you first and then the spicy warms up right behind it. I used homemade pepper jelly which is thicker than store bought so mine didn't melt smoothly down - worked just fine though. loved the high heat fast cooking method. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/17/2019
This recipe was good but not a winner with everyone in my house. Read More