All but one of our children has left our home state of California for the great state of Utah. And they took our grandchildren with them. Luckily we are able to visit often. Not only do we enjoy spending time with our kids and grandchildren but we feel so fortunate to be able to take advantage of all the wonderful activities the mountains have to offer, especially meals outside in the fresh air. One of our family’s favorite grilling recipes is this Spicy Lime Pork Tenderloin!
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Sundance Utah is Magical!
When visiting Sundance, we are rarely indoors. We ride our bikes along the river…
We take long walks and hikes up to waterfalls…
…and catch trout.
The crazy members of our family climb rock walls…
And of course we love to play with this wild bunch.
How to Make Grilled Spicy Lime Pork Tenderloin:
This recipe for Spicy Lime Pork Tenderloin has been passed around our family for years on scraps of paper and recipe cards. It has changed over the years as we add or take away ingredients. I have no idea what the original source is, and would love to give credit where credit is due, but I just don’t know! What I do know is that this pork tenderloin is sweet, savory, amazingly tender and packs the heat! The marinade is really easy to make. You can use a knife and whisk or a food processor (affiliate links) to make marinade.
Seriously, this pork is mind blowingly good!
The Recipe: Grilled Spicy Lime Pork Tenderloin
Tips and what you will need: The heat for this recipe comes form chilis in adobo sauce, you can find it on the Mexican aisle of your grocery or find it here. You will only need 2 Tablespoons so just place the extra into a baggie and freeze for next time! You can use a knife (my favorite) to chop ingredients, or save a lot of time by using a food processor, you will also need a hand held citrus juicer. My favorite brand of mustard for this recipe is Maille Honey Dijon, I have used others but this is by far the best! (affiliate links)
A sweet, spicy, savory pork tenderloin cooked on the grill! You can use a knife to chop all ingredients and whisk together, or use a food processor.
- 1 cup honey-Dijon mustard (I use the Maille brand)
- 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice (about 4 large limes)
- 2 tablespoons canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced (less if you are not a fan of heat)
- 4 large garlic cloves, peeled and minced
- 1 teaspoon ground cumin
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2 one pound pork tenderloins
- 1/4 cup water
- garnish: chopped fresh cilantro
Place garlic in processor and mince. Add all other ingredients (except water) and process until combined.
In a bowl stir together mustard, cilantro, lime juice, minced peppers, garlic, and spices. When thoroughly mixed remove about 3/4 cup of mixture and set aside. We will be using this for a sauce later.
Place pork in a large shallow dish, pour all but 3/4 cup of honey Dijon mixture over pork, making sure the pork is well covered with marinade. Cover and place in fridge for at least 2 hours. Turning after one hour. Reserve the leftover sauce for later.
Spray grill with non stick spray and turn heat on med-high. Remove pork from marinade and place on hot grill. Discard the marinade used for pork. Cook pork over medium-high heat for about 20 minutes, turning every five minutes with bbq lid shut. When center of pork very light pink but cooked, remove from grill. Pork will continue cooking even after it is removed from the grill, so if you wait till the center is completely cooked it will be overdone. Cover tenderloins with foil and let stand 5 minutes. While pork rests, place reserved marinade in a saucepan. Add 1/4 cup water, whisk and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 2 minutes. Pour over sliced pork, and serve. Garnish with cilantro if desired. Enjoy!
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This looks great! It looks like there might be a typo for the amount of cinnamon… 31 teaspoons?
I will definately be trying this.
Oh goodness! Thank you. All corrected! I hope you enjoy it!
You have a beautiful family. The pork looks fantastic. We love using chipoltes. Yum!
This looks totally delicious! Pork is the main meat in our region, and I am not a natural pork lover (except bacon, ha!) so I am always looking for new ways to cook it.
How could you NOT mostly play with the babies?! So sweet! And we love pork! This looks so good! I’ll be getting half a pig this fall – can’t wait to try this!
Nice! You must have a big freezer! Have a happy 4th Renee:)
Love all of your beautiful family photos. The recipe sounds delicious! I love all of that lime juice.
Thanks Emily. I am a bog fan of lime too!
I really love this sauce recipe, Linda. I can’t wait to make it!
It’s so good. If you are not a fan of heat use a little less chili:)
What beautiful photos! And that recipe looks to die for! Thank you for sharing 🙂
Thank you for commenting:)
Amazing! Thank you! Just found your blog via Generations Nourished. Newst fav subscriber. 🙂
Well thank you Laura! Welcome!
Your family is so beautiful. I loved all the pictures. Oh, and your recipe sounds divine!
Aw thank you Anna. I love them with all my heart…and love the pork recipe too:)
This sounds like a great way to spice up pork. Thanks for sharing.
I love the sound of this sauce and that you told what else you ate with this meal. It all looks really good. Thanks for help with dinner!
That sauce is to die for!
That can’t be easy having almost all your kids be in Utah. I couldn’t believe it when I heard Mari moved back! Love that girl (Her sister Lauren was one of my best friend growing up and we lived (parents still live) 3 houses from them. We live the farthest from all my Utah family, but it’s only a 3 hours drive. I should tell my mom to stop complaining 🙂
This sauce, and dish look amazing! I need to make this for my husband, he would LOVE it!!
It’s not so bad. We are lucky and get to go up once a month and are happy they have such a great place to live!
Your family is gorgeous, and that pork tenderloin looks heavenly! Pinned!
Why thank you Heidi!
Wow, that recipe looks amazing! I am wondering if maybe you could use beef tenderloin or chicken tenderloin instead for those who don’t like pork? 🙂
I love the pics of your family!
I have not tried it…so I don’t know for sure but I think it would be great on chicken, beef I am not so sure:)
Looks absolutely amazing! SO much flavor! Can’t wait to try.
Beautiful family you have there! I love a little lime mixed w/ spice. Great balance.
Such a beautiful family and it is so nice that you get to spend time with them! Love the feast you have lined up!
I made it! It tastes soooooooo goooooooood!
Oh I am so glad! I love that spicy sauce!