Friday, April 22, 2011

Matt's Incredible Tenderloin

Before I met my husband, pork was not a food I'd had much of, with the exception to the wonderful food that is crispy bacon. His home had some gourmet dinners and always homemade deliciousness. One of his family's favorites is pork tenderloin. He makes a marinade his dad used to make, but Matt loves to mix it up and start new creations. (The great thing for me...I'm his taste tester, and--unlike in my cooking--he is 100% successful in making tasty creations.)

 Here is a dinner he made this week...yum! I haven't been eating much meat, but this was too tasty to pass up. We bought this Mucho Mango Dipping Sauce from Dilorio Farm in Houston. I thought it would be fun to drizzle it over the pork for added flavor. Turns out...the pork was too tasty to add a sauce to it! Matt's rub, marinade, and sauce brushed on during the grilling process was one of the best I've ever tasted! Seriously, it would have been a travesty to add extra sauce to such a good thing. But I did drizzle the sauce over the green beans with Italian sweet peppers. It was fruity with an instant taste of apricots and mango. And I didn't expect the crushed red pepper had some heat!

Matt was sweet enough to remember the ingredients that he put in his rub and then in the sauce for the pork tenderloin.

Spiced Rub for Pork Tenderloin
By: Matt

ground black pepper
garlic powder
dried rosemary
dried basil
sea salt
*Rub each ingredient thoroughly on tenderloin, adding layer by layer. Roll in saran wrap and put in fridge for a few hours.  

Matt's Amazing Sauce (for Pork Tenderloin)

1/2 cup Stubb's mesquite pecan bbq sauce (or a sweet/nutty bbq sauce)
1/2 cup regular bbq sauce (Sweet Baby Ray's)
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/3 cup red wine
2 TB olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon 
1 t. fresh grated ginger
1 1/2 t. spicy brown mustard
1 clove crushed garlic
Shaving (1 t.) fresh parmesan
Dash of each: rosemary, basil, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon
Combine all ingredients and brush onto tenderloin before, during and after grilling. *Very flexible, make it to your taste!* Truly, this was so tasty and well worth the time and care that went into the meal. 

So there you have it...a meat and potatoes kind of meal. But it's a lean meat with fresh flavors and ridiculously mouth-watering tastes. I even tasted one bite of the pork with an unexpected taste at the end...ginger! Thanks, Matt!


  1. Yummy - I will have to taste test when I visit!

  2. I'm the same way with pork, we never ate it growing up but it's my husbands favorite. I'm excited to have another recipe on hand. Thanks for sharing!