Mesquite Smoked Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Ancho/Pasilla Sauce Recipe

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60 mins (prep 15, cooking 45)
12 ingredients
2 servings
This recipe is adapted from one in Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill cookbook. The original browned the pork then roasted it in the oven. Instead I smoked the pork with Mesquite wood chunks. Mesquite can overpower food and make it bitter if too much is used or the protein is smoked too long--so be careful if you do smoke the pork. If you aren't into smoking; grill or roasting works but you won't get that bit of Mesquite flavor in the pork. The rub called for Allspice which I didn't use because my wife is not fond of it and I cut the amount of cinnamon in half. I added some cumin and Mexican oregano to the rub. I served the pork with grilled squash and deep fried beef taquitos. I garnished the dish with cilantro vinaigrette, smoked chipotle red pepper sauce and roasted pepitas. For a wine I chose a Jacuzzi 2007 Lake County Primitivo which has notes of cranberry and cinnamon with hints of plum and chocolate on the finish.

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  • rub:
  • 1 tsp ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp pasilla chile powder
  • 1/2 tsp chile de arbol powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp mexican oregano
  • 1 tbs light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • protein:
  • 1 lb pork tenderloin, trimmed and tied
  • 2 oz mesquite wood chunks
  • sauce & garnish:
  • 1/2 cup bourbon-ancho/pasilla sauce (link is provided below)
  • cilantro vinaigrette-optional (link is provided below)
  • smoked chipotle red pepper sauce-optional (link is provided below)
  • 1/4 cup roasted pepita seeds-optional


Serving Size (25.33 g)
Servings 2
Amount per Serving
Calories 113.76 Calories from Fat 77.49
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8.61g 26.48%
Saturated Fat 1.48g 14.83%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 60.69mg 5.06%
Total Carbohydrate 6.57g 4.38%
Dietary Fiber 3.32 g 26.54%
Sugars 1.9 g %
Protein 5.72g 22.87%
Vitamin A 1401.53IU% Vitamin C 1.62mg%
Calcium 38.03mg% Iron 2.8mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
rub, mexican oregano, light brown sugar, pork tenderloin, garnish, sauce, sauce, roasted


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