Homemade barbecue sauce glazes lean pork tenderloins in this simple dish. Serve with black beans and rice.

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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Heat 1 teaspoon of the oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, jalapeno and garlic; saute until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add molasses, vinegar, mustard and soy sauce; reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until quite thick, about 7 minutes.

  • Rub tenderloins generously with black pepper. Heat the remaining 1 teaspoon oil in a medium ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tenderloins and cook, turning, until well browned on all sides, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Brush the pork generously with some of the barbecue sauce. Place the skillet in the oven and roast for 7 minutes. Turn over the tenderloins and brush them with remaining sauce and roast for 7 to 8 minutes more, or until the internal temperature is 160 degrees F. Let the pork rest for 5 minutes. Carve into 3/4-inch-thick slices and serve.


People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition Facts

185 calories; 4.1 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 74 mg cholesterol; 190 mg sodium. 681 mg potassium; 11.4 g carbohydrates; 0.3 g fiber; 10 g sugar; 24 g protein; 26 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 2 mcg folate; 38 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 66 mg magnesium; 1 mg thiamin;

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Rating: 5 stars
This probably wasn't authentic NC BBQ but was very good nonetheless. Used red wine vinegar instead and cooked it on the rare side. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Perfect pork tenderloin This recipe is the perfect blend of flavors. We used a large pork loin and cut it into two pieces. The cooking time was a little longer than the recipe said but came out perfect with a meat thermometer. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy & good I made this exactly per recipe instructions except left out the jalapeno. It was very good. I'm not a huge barbecue fan and liked this. It's not the traditional barbecue flavor. I added a bit of red wine to the left-over sauce in the pan once the pork was done cooking and rendered it down a bit over the stovetop. It was a good sauce to dip the pork in. Served with vegetables with the sauce over them too. Will make again! Pros: easy Read More