This coffee rub recipe offers a very rich flavor that pairs so nicely with pork tenderloin. It is an easy recipe and one that is great if you are looking for something a little different without spending hours in the kitchen!
- 1 (1½ lb.) pork tenderloin
- 3 Tbsp instant espresso powder
- 1 Tbsp plus 1 tsp brown sugar (I use a keto version)
- 1 tsp sweet paprika
- 1 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp ground black pepper
- 2 Tbsp avocado or olive oil, divided
- 1 Tbsp butter
Heat the oven to 400° F.
Mix together the espresso powder, brown sugar, both paprikas, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub the combined seasonings over the pork until it is completely coated. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the oil over the pork and let set at room temperature for 10 minutes.
Add the remaining oil and butter to a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. When skillet is hot, add the pork and cook, turning as needed, until browned on all sides, about 2 minutes per side.
Transfer skillet to oven and roast pork until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the tenderloin reads 145° F, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest, covered, for 10 minutes.
Slice the tenderloin and drizzle with any remaining juices in the pan.
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The tenderloin comes from a muscle that runs along the spine. Since it is not a well-used muscle, it tends to be very tender.