Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin

printed from melskitchencafe.com

*Serves 6

INGREDIENTS:

2 tablespoons chili powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

2 (12- to 16-ounce each) pork tenderloins, trimmed

1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil

1/4 cup ketchup

2 teaspoons cider vinegar

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

DIRECTIONS:

Adjust an oven rack to middle position and preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Pat the pork tenderloin dry with a paper towel. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Reserve 1 tablespoon of the spice mixture and use the rest to rub over the pork tenderloin on all sides.

In a large 12-inch nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium heat until it is rippling and hot. Add the pork tenderloins in a single layer and cook the pork until browned on all sides, 5-7 minutes total (flipping as needed). Transfer the pork to an aluminum-foil lined baking pan and bake until the meat registers 140 degrees at the thickest part, about 15-18 minutes. Transfer the pork to a platter or plate and tent with foil, letting it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

In a bowl, combine the reserved spice mixture, ketchup, vinegar and sugar and brush over the cooked pork. Slice the pork and serve.