This sweet and spicy pork tenderloin recipe is perfect for an easy dinner or family or entertaining.
The honey mustard is a nice balance to the spice rub.
I’m sharing my recipe for Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin. It is so delicious with just a bit of a kick, but if you aren’t a spicy person you can totally adjust the spices for your taste buds.
My dad is a great cook and he has this huge (like the size of a small car – huge) industrial smoker he wheels out as soon as the weather gets warm. His specialty is bbq ribs, which he rubs with mustard, a spice rub and then hits with bbq sauce at the end. He smokes them all day and it smells so good you can hear the neighbors stomachs growling! He won’t give up his spice rub recipe, but my Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin is definitely inspired by his ribs…someday I’ll get him to give up the goods!
So just like his ribs, rub the pork tenderloin with yellow mustard this will help the spice rub stay put. Mix up your spices and rub into the pork. I like to let it sit and marinate for at least 30 minutes, but you could let it go longer too.
While it marinates, I mix up some honey mustard sauce.
Now you are ready to cook. I did mine on the grill because GASP! the sun was actually shining in Michigan today and I wanted to take full advantage of the rare sighting, but you could easily brown this in a saute pan with some butter.
Grill about 5 minutes on all sides for a total cooking time of 20 minutes. In the last few minutes of cooking I like to brush on some of the honey mustard to get a nice glaze on the outside. Then let rest 5-10 minutes before slicing, and serve with the honey mustard sauce – enjoy!
Sweet and Spicy Pork Tenderloin
- 1/3 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp chili powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp paprika
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/8 - 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 2 pork tenderloin
- 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- 1/4 c yellow mustard
- 1/4 c stone ground mustard
- 1/2 c honey
- Mix all dry ingredients together for the spice rub in a bowl
- Coat pork tenderloin in 2 tbsp yellow mustard
- Then rub with spice rub
- Allow to marinate for at least 30 min or up to overnight
- Combine mustards and honey to create honey mustard sauce
- Preheat grill to 400
- Grill pork tenderloin 5 minutes per side for a total of 20 minutes
- Baste with honey mustard sauce while grilling
- Allow to rest for 5 minutes before slicing
- Thinly slice and serve with additional honey mustard sauce
Any of these sides would be delicious to serve along side this sweet and spicy pork tenderloin.