Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Mango Salsa

With summer just around the corner I’m on the hunt for some great meals to make on the grill.  I also had an abundance of mangoes.  I just bought 3 at the fruit market and the very next day more arrived in the door to door organics box.  I love door to door organics, it’s a fun surprise every time a box arrives, I often receive produce I might not buy and it forces me to try new things.  So, with pork tenderloin in the refrigerator and a pile of mangoes, pork tenderloin with mango salsa was a no brainer.  This was great, it is definitely worth repeating.  This would make a perfect Mother’s Day dinner to wow your Mom with.  If you have a prepared jerk seasoning on hand, by all means use that.  If you can’t find any on the grocery store and you don’t have any on hand, it’s easy enough to mix up your own blend that keeps nicely for months and is great on chicken.  I know it has lots of ingredients, include as many as you have on hand in the mixture, you don’t have to include every single one.

Jerk Seasoning

1 tablespoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons onion powder

1 tablespoon dried thyme

1 tablespoon dried parsley

2 teaspoons sugar

2 teaspoons salt

2 teaspoons paprika

1 teaspoon paprika

½ teaspoon black pepper

2 teaspoons dried crushed red pepper

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground allspice

 

Pork tenderloin (2 or 3 pounds)

2 tablespoons dried jerk seasoning

Juice of 2 limes

Salsa

1 mango, peeled and diced

½ cup diced bell pepper (about ½ of a large bell pepper)

1/3 cup diced red onion (about ½ of a medium onion)

1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced

2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro

1 teaspoon dried mint or 1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped

Juice of one lime

Mix all ingredients for jerk seasoning together and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Squeeze lime juice over pork.  Sprinkle jerk seasoning onto pork until all sides are covered with seasoning.  Add a bit extra is needed to cover.  Preheat grill.

Prepare salsa while grill heats.  Add all ingredients to small bowl and toss until well mixed.  Set aside and allow flavors to blend while pork grills.

Grill pork over medium high heat on gas grill, turning over every 3 or 4 minutes until all sides are browned.  Cook until internal temperature reaches 160 to 170 degrees.

 

 

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