Thursday, July 16, 2009

Spicy Pork Tenderloin

We had this the other night and everyone really liked it. I let the pork soak in a brine for an hour and I really think that helped it to be moist and flavorful. It was so good with Homemade Applesauce for a side. Mmmm.

Spicy Pork Tenderloin

2, 1 lb pork tenderloins (I bought these at Costco - you get 4, 1 lb tenderloins in packages there)
1 quart water
1/4 cup salt
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon granulated garlic powder

Combine water and salt and whisk well to dissolve all the salt. Soak tenderloins in water/salt mixture for 1 hour.

Take tenderloins out of the water mixture. Wash them off and pat them dry well. Rub oil all over the tenderloins. Combine chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, oregano and garlic powder. Sprinkle spices evenly over the tenderloins, rubbing the tenderloins to make sure the spices are evenly distributed. Let tenderloins sit in fridge till you're ready to cook them.

Heat oven to 375 with a baking sheet in the oven (I use a stoneware jelly roll pan). Place tenderloins on baking sheet and roast for about half an hour, the internal temperature needs to read 150 degrees. Place cooked tenderloins on a cutting board and cover with foil. Allow meat to rest for 5-10 minutes. Cut into slices and serve.

**You can also grill the tenderloins. I bet that would be super tasty.

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