Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Chipotle Sauce

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 15 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 40 min
  • Yield: 2 servings
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3 tablespoons paprika

2 tablespoons light brown sugar

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons dry mustard powder

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Two 2-pound pork tenderloins, patted dry

Canola oil

Bourbon-Chipotle Sauce, for serving, recipe follows

Bourbon-Chipotle Sauce:

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium red onion, finely chopped

2 cups plus 2 tablespoons bourbon

4 cups homemade chicken stock

1 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed

1/4 cup light brown sugar

8 whole black peppercorns

1 chipotle in adobo sauce,chopped

Kosher salt


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. 
  2. Combine the paprika, sugar, salt, cumin, mustard powder, black pepper and cayenne pepper in a bowl. 
  3. Heat a large cast-iron pan over medium-high heat, and lightly coat with canola oil. Dredge the pork tenderloin in the rub, tapping off any excess, before searing on all sides, about 3 minutes per side. Place the pan into the oven and cook to medium doneness, 8 to 10 minutes. Promptly remove from the oven and let rest at least 15 minutes. 
  4. Serve with the Bourbon-Chipotle Sauce.

Bourbon-Chipotle Sauce:

Yield: 3 1/2 cups
  1. Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onions until soft, and then pour in 2 cups of the bourbon and cook until reduced to a few tablespoons. Stir in the chicken stock, apple juice, brown sugar, peppercorns and chipotle, and cook until reduced by half. 
  2. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, and then return to the pan and cook until it becomes the consistency of a sauce. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons bourbon and cook 2 minutes. Season with salt.