Spicy Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

spicy rubbed pork tenderloin, sliced and served on a platter

This Spicy Rubbed Pork Tenderloin dish is quick and easy enough for an everyday dinner and also elegant enough for entertaining!



1 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 teaspoons packed light brown sugar

1 heaping teaspoon garlic powder

1 heaping teaspoon onion powder

3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste

3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

3/8 teaspoon ground white pepper

1 (1 1/4 to 1 1/2-pound) pork tenderloin

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, or as needed

chopped Italian parsley, for garnish


  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the paprika, salt, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, black pepper and white pepper until well mixed.
  2. Rub tenderloin all over with olive oil.
  3. Rub with spice mixture to coat all sides – you’ll need around 2 tablespoons, so you’re likely to have some rub leftover, which you can save for the next time! If you let the meat sit for an hour with the rub on, it will allow the flavors to blend together. But it’s still delicious if you just let it sit while the grill heats!
  4. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill to medium.
  5. Oil grill rack. Grill tenderloin, covered, for 7 minutes. Turn over and continue cooking, covered, for another 5 to 10 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into thickest portion registers 145 degrees.
  6. Let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Garnish with chopped parsley.


Roasting Variation: Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a roasting pan large enough to hold the pork with nonstick cooking spray. Place rubbed tenderloin in the prepared pan, tuck under the pointy thin end, and roast for 10 minutes. Turn tenderloin over and continue roasting for another 10 minutes (20 minutes total) until done.

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