Spicy Pork Tenderloin

Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Author: admin
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 6 portions


  • Oven
  • Baking Dish (9x13 inches)
  • Paper Towel
  • Small Bowl


  • 2 Pork Tenderloins about 1 pound each
  • 2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Pepper or to taste
  • 1/4 cup Butter cut into pats
  • Chopped Parsley optional, to taste


  • Preheat your oven to 400F and move the rack to the middle position.
  • Prep the tenderloins by cutting off any excess fat and the silver skin (the tough part that may cover some of each tenderloin). Pat the tenderloins dry with paper towel.
  • Add the spice rub ingredients (brown sugar, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper) to a small bowl and stir together. Coat the tenderloins all over with the spice rub.
  • Add the pork tenderloins to a 9×13 (or similar size) baking dish and place the butter pats on top.
  • Bake, uncovered, for about 25 minutes or until the pork has reached 145F. Let it rest 5-10 minutes before slicing it into medallions so it remains juicy.
  • Pour the pan juices over the pork (they're also great over a side dish like mashed potatoes) and sprinkle with chopped parley if desired.


Serves 6-8 depending on portion size. Halve all ingredients if you want to make one (one pound) pork tenderloin.
This recipe is NOT for pork loin, which is a different, tougher cut of meat and will need to be cooked for longer.
Pork that’s 145F in the thickest part is safe to eat. Use an instant-read meat thermometer to ensure perfect doneness.
Pork, Spice-Rubbed

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