Brown Sugar Chili Pork Tenderloin

This is a super simple pork tenderloin recipe that hits those sweet notes and ends it with a little kick. Pork tenderloin is a great protein choice because it is cheap and you can feed a large group of people on a budget. Serve this with a berry topped side salad to balance out the spicy pork with a side or sweet potato fries!



Serves: 4

Prep time: 30 minutes

  • 1 1/2 lbs pork tenderloin (if your tenderloin comes in 2 separate pieces I would do 1.5x the amounts below so you can cover both pieces)

  • 1 tbsp chili powder

  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1 tbsp avocado or olive oil


Preheat grill over high heat.

Combine chili powder, brown sugar, paprika, salt and cinnamon in a small bowl and mix well to combine.

Pat the pork off with a paper towel. Rub oil over the pork tenderloin before adding your prepared rub. Make sure to get all sides evenly.

Reduce grill temperature to medium and then add your pork. If you have a pork tenderloin in one large piece you will need to grill it for 25-30 minutes, flipping once at the 15 minute mark. If you have two smaller tenderloins, you will cool it for 20-25 minutes, flipping it at 10 minutes. You want the internal temperature to be at 150 degrees. Remove from the grill and slice and serve!


Recipe adapted from Katie’s Cucina