By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

This dry rub is inspired by the hot and spicy flavor of jerk seasoning.

Number of servings

Serves 4
  1. Weight management
  2. Low-fiber
  3. Diabetes meal plan
  4. Gluten-free


  1. 2 teaspoons firmly packed brown sugar
  2. 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  3. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  5. 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  6. 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  10. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  11. 1 pork tenderloin, about 1 pound, trimmed of visible fat
  12. 2 teaspoons white vinegar
  13. 1 1/2 teaspoons dark honey
  14. 1 teaspoon tomato paste


In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, cloves, 1/2 teaspoon of the salt and the black pepper. Rub the spice mixture over the pork and let stand for 15 minutes.

In another small bowl, combine the vinegar, honey, tomato paste and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Whisk to blend. Set aside.

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or heat a gas grill or broiler (grill) to medium-high or 400 F. Away from the heat source, lightly coat the grill rack or broiler pan with cooking spray. Position the cooking rack 4 to 6 inches from the heat source.

Place the pork on the grill rack or broiler pan. Grill or broil at medium-high heat, turning several times, until browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes total. Remove to a cooler part of the grill or reduce the heat and continue cooking for 14 to 16 minutes.

Baste with the vinegar-honey glaze and continue cooking until the pork is slightly pink inside and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part reads 160 F, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Transfer to a cutting board and let cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

To serve, slice the pork tenderloin crosswise into 16 pieces and arrange on a warmed serving platter, or divide the slices among individual plates.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 4 slices

  • Cholesterol 74 mg
  • Calories 143
  • Sodium 509 mg
  • Total fat 2.5 g
  • Total carbohydrate 6 g
  • Saturated fat 1 g
  • Dietary fiber 1 g
  • Trans fat Trace
  • Added sugars 0.5 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 1 g
  • Protein 24 g
  • Total sugars 0.5 g

This recipe is one of 150 recipes collected in "The New Mayo Clinic Cookbook," published by Mayo Clinic Health Information and Oxmoor House, and winner of a James Beard award.

April 09, 2021