Here’s the scoop:
crispy on the outside,
juicy and tender on the inside,
packed with savory spices!
Pork tenderloin is great ~ it's healthfully lean and reasonably priced at our local Jewel grocery store, making it affordable for a meal any day, and it's hard to mess up.
This homemade dry rub is my favorite blend of herbs and spices for pork. It's an aromatic mix of Italian seasoning, smoked paprika, garlic and chili powder. I like plenty of spicy goodness, If you're spice shy, go easy on the spices. Rub the mixture on, let the pork sit a bit, and then cook!
Rub seasonings on it, bake for 20 minutes in a hot oven. It turns out fork tender, and picks up good flavor from the spice rub. Add your favorite sides and enjoy. I served it with coleslaw, mashed potatoes, and sautéed spinach with garlic and lemon.
A tenderloin weighs in around a pound and is perfect for us, with a little leftover for sandwiches the next day. The pork is spicy, succulent, smoky and salty ~ all at the same time.
We are bona fide pork fans at our house, and this is a winner any night!
SPICY ROASTED PORK TENDERLOIN
1 pound pork tenderloin
1 tablespoon oil
2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1-2 teaspoons garlic powder (I use 2)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon seasoned pepper
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon each, lime and lemon juice
Preheat oven to 400°.
Coast a baking dish with cooking spray.
Place meat in baking dish and rub with oil.
Mix together remaining ingredients, spread over pork, let sit for 15 minutes.
Bake 20-30 minutes until browned and crispy and inside is cooked through until desired doneness.
Let rest for 5 minutes, slice into 1" pieces.