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Spice Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Featured by CRU Wine Company in the Gold Wine Club.
Spice Crusted Pork Tenderloin


Juicy and perfectly cooked. The star here is the spice crust: a fantastic mix of mustard seed, coriander and peppercorns. The grilling gives the spices a nice char, and they, in turn, give the pork a great jolt of flavor.

Yield: 4 - 6
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 20 Minutes


• 2 pork tenderloins (1½ to 2 pounds total)
• 1½ tablespoons mustard seeds, cracked
• 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, cracked
• 1 teaspoon black peppercorns, cracked
• 1 teaspoon Demerara or turbinado sugar (see note)
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt
• 1 tablespoon cornmeal
• ½ cup cornstarch
• 2 large egg whites


To crack the spices, place them in two zipper-lock bags, one inside the other, and press or gently pound with a skillet, rolling pin, or meat mallet. We prefer Demerara and turbinado sugar for their crunch, but plain brown sugar works too. If you don’t have kosher salt, use ½ teaspoon table salt.

Heat all burners on high for 15 minutes. Leave primary burner on high and turn other burner(s) off. (For charcoal grill, open bottom vent on grill. Light about 100 coals; when they are covered with fine gray ash, spread over half of grill. Set cooking grate in place and heat covered, with lid vent open completely, for 5 minutes.) Scrape and oil cooking grate.

Meanwhile, pat pork dry with paper towels. Combine mustard seeds, coriander seeds, peppercorns, sugar, salt, and cornmeal on rimmed baking sheet. Place cornstarch in large bowl. Beat egg whites in second large bowl until foamy. One at a time, coat tenderloins lightly with cornstarch, dip in egg whites, and transfer to rimmed baking sheet to coat with spice mixture.

Spray tenderloins lightly with cooking spray and grill, -covered, over hot side of grill, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 6 to 8 minutes. Slide pork to cooler side of grill and continue to cook, covered, until meat registers 145 degrees, 6 to 12 minutes longer. Transfer pork to carving board, tent with foil, and let rest 5 -minutes. Slice and serve.

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