Cumin-Crusted Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Salsa Verde

Ingredients

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  • 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pork tenderloins
  • Salsa Verde, for serving

I love to use this recipe in my cooking classes, as it's easy and delicious. The key to making a moist pork tenderloin is to quickly sear it first, and not let it overcook. This pairs well with a medium-bodied pinot noir, possibly from Carneros, Russian River Valley, or Oregon.

Directions

In a large, heavy self-sealing plastic bag, combine the garlic, spices, olive oil, dry mustard, salt, and pepper. Add the pork, turn to coat, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Preheat a gas grill/barbecue to medium-high, or prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill/barbecue.

Remove the pork from the refrigerator 30 minutes before grilling. Grill the pork for 3 minutes on each of all four sides, a total of 12 minutes. Transfer to a carving board and tent with aluminum foil; let rest for 10–15 minutes. Cut the pork into slices 1–inch thick; reserve the juices. Serve drizzled with the juices and Salsa Verde.

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