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Jerk Pork Tenderloin with Pineapple Salsa

Good News Pork tenderloin is leaner than skin-on chicken and delicious in the spicy, smoky recipe here. Capsaicin, the chemical that makes chiles taste hot, can help boost metabolism; for extra fire, add the chile seeds to the marinade.

Prep Time

    •    Prep time: 30 minutes
    •    Cook time: 30 minutes
    •    Yield: Serves 4


    •    1/4 cup canola oil
    •    2 scallions, thickly sliced
    •    2 garlic cloves, smashed
    •    2 Scotch bonnet or habanero chiles, stemmed and seeded
    •    1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
    •    1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
    •    1 tablespoon light brown sugar
    •    2 teaspoons ground allspice
    •    1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    •    1 teaspoon thyme leaves
    •    1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
    •    One 1-inch piece of fresh ginger
    •    2 pork tenderloins (14 ounces each)
    •    Salt
    •    Pineapple-Jicama Salsa


  1. In a blender, combine 3 tablespoons of the oil with the scallions, garlic, chiles, soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar, allspice, black pepper, thyme, nutmeg and ginger. Puree until smooth. Transfer the marinade to a resealable plastic bag. Add the pork tenderloins, turning to coat. Seal the bag, pressing out the air, and refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours.
  2. Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Remove the pork from the marinade. Brush with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil and season generously with salt. Grill the pork over moderately low heat, turning occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer reaches 135 when inserted in the center of the meat, about 20 minutes. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the pork and serve with the salsa.

This great family recipe is thanks to Food and Wine at


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