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Grilled Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin Steaks with Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Sauce

Scott Phillips

Servings: four to six.



  • 2 large pork tenderloins (2 to 2-1/2 lb. total)
  • 1 Tbs. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 tsp. light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  •  Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 Tbs. tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle, minced, plus 2 Tbs. adobo sauce (from a can of chipotles in adobo sauce)
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Nutritional Information

  • Nutritional Sample Size based on six servings
  • Calories (kcal) : 290
  • Fat Calories (kcal): 50
  • Fat (g): 6
  • Saturated Fat (g): 2
  • Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.5
  • Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2
  • Cholesterol (mg): 85
  • Sodium (mg): 610
  • Carbohydrates (g): 29
  • Fiber (g): 2
  • Protein (g): 31


  • Trim the pork of any silverskin and excess fat, and cut each tenderloin on the diagonal into four pieces about 2 inches thick. Turn the pieces so that they’re lying on a cut side, and using a meat mallet, a small heavy skillet, or the heel of your hand, lightly pound the steaks so they’re about 1/2 inch thick.
  • In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, garlic powder, 2 tsp. salt, and 1 tsp. black pepper. Rub this spice mixture all over the pork and let it sit for at least 15 minutes at room temperature or refrigerate for up to 2 hours.
  • Heat a gas grill to medium-high or prepare a medium charcoal fire. When the grill is ready, cook the pork, covered, until it forms nice grill marks, about 3 minutes. Flip and continue cooking until just firm to the touch but still a little pink in the center (an instantread thermometer inserted into the center of each steak should register 140°F), 3 to 4 more minutes.
  • Transfer the pork to a large serving platter and let rest, tented with aluminum foil. Meanwhile, stir together the honey, vinegar, tomato paste, chipotle and adobo sauce, and mustard, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spoon the sauce over the pork.

These steaks are delicious with roasted sweet potato wedges seasoned with salt, pepper, and a little chili powder.


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Reviews (7 reviews)

  • user-4406876 | 12/10/2019

    Great and easy recipe! Delicious. Made it like it says without a change.

  • TheTooter | 05/26/2019

    This was underwhelming for my family. The sauce was too spicy and the pork, while grilled perfectly, was not particularly noteworthy. Disappointed.

  • pikpik | 08/13/2018

    We absolutely love this recipe. It is just as delicious on chicken as it is on the pork.

  • Krispie | 01/02/2017

    This was super easy to make and delicious. It was gone in minutes.

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