Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Spicy Rub; hot shopping

Mon mari likes to keep lamb chops and beef steaks fairly simple…..

But I’m free do be creative with pork and chicken.

We won’t talk about the hated fish…..

For this easy grilled pork tenderloin I just made a simple rub, followed by an equally simple basting sauce.

Summer – and the cooking is easy.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Spicy Rub

Total time: 30 minutes


  • 12oz (360gr) pork tenderloin
  • Rub:
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp powdered ginger
  • Sauce:
  • 2 tbs ketchup
  • 2 tbs red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbs olive oil

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with a Spicy Rub


  • Mix all ingredients for rub and rub on pork.
  • Mix all ingredients for sauce.
  • Put pork on barbecue grill or in 400F oven for 25 – 30 minutes.  Turn occasionally to brown on all sides. 
  • Baste pork with sauce starting after it’s been cooking 15 minutes. Baste 2 – 3 times.
  • When you think pork is done slice into middle to check.  Slightly pink is perfect. 
  • Remove, slice and serve.

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I had some fun yesterday.

Well, I’ve actually been having a lot of fun lately, with our guests, but they’re off finishing their vacation.

I was shopping at the Asian supermarket.

We’re going to Spain for our friend’s birthday in early July. (The friend that we got our dogs from).

He likes hot food. Most of the cooking he does is Indian or Thai and most of what he cooks is way too hot for me to eat.

Actually, he almost always forgets that I don’t eat hot food (he’s only known me for 15 years…) and I usually end up eating stinky cheeses, local sausage and crusty bread (which I love).

Anyway, since the Asian market carries Korean, Vietnamese, Thai and Indian foods as well as Chinese and Japanese there are a lot of really hot and really spicy sauces and condiments.

I never buy them.

Yesterday I did.

I’d been thinking about a present for him for weeks.

I had an epiphany: I would get him a basket of goodies from the Asian market.

I picked out the hottest, spiciest stuff I could find…..

Mon mari helped.

We have pickled bird’s eye peppers and wasabi peas and ginger pepper sauce and garlic hot sauce and hot pepper pastes and, and…..

I think he’ll be pleased….

I’ll let you know – but I will not taste!

11 thoughts on “Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Spicy Rub; hot shopping”

  1. Love the gift idea but like you, I wouldn’t be tasting. Anything. Spicy foods fall in that same category as the peppers and such. None of it likes me though at one time, I enjoyed a great deal of variety.

  2. Thanks, Sullimaybe…. I don’t see anything active on yours…. taking a break?

    Zoomie, I was so glad I thought of it.

    Thanks, Kate, he’s very hard to find a gift for.

    nightsmusic, I won’t even sniff…. but mon mari is hoping for some tastes LOL

  3. Mmmmm!

    Katie the recipe looks great!

    What would you suggest as a side? I was looking at the mushroom risotto recipe that you have, wondering if you would mind suggesting anything?

    Hope the present comes with a nice large glass of water 🙂


  4. The teenage boy visitor gobbled this pork up and loved the sauce too. Can’t wait to make this recipe when we get home (along with many other of your recipes!)

  5. That is one recipe I will be trying as is!
    I always stock up on crystallised ginger for my triple ginger biscuits at the same supermarket . I can spend hours wandering around those shelves but buy only what I can use in three months!

  6. Dan, and I’ll let the hubs taste it for me.

    Jane, Your ‘ados’ (teenagers) were such fun to have around… OK, you parents, aussi.

    Gill, I agree, my biggest problem is to not buy multiples of everything I love. You’ll have to stay longer

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