Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa

This chipotle grilled pork tenderloin is topped with a fresh cherry salsa.  This flavor combination is unbelievable!

So…remember last week when I was so excited about painting my dining room?

Well.  After I painted the dining room, a funny thing happened:

The living room looked terrible.  So I painted the living room.

And then the couch didn’t match.  So I bought a new couch (well a ‘new to us’ couch).

And now the kitchen looks terrible.


Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa

Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa

To be fair, the kitchen is ORANGE.  Seriously orange…check it out in this post here.  As you can see, the paint has a really weird ‘sheer’ thing going on that I haven’t been really loving.  So someday that kitchen is going to get a new paint job.  Maybe not that soon.  I am starting to experience paint-fatigue…and I still haven’t done the bedroom!

So for now, I am going to have to stay away from Apartment Therapy and avoid looking at house-related pins on Pinterest.  They put waaaay too many ideas in my head!

With all the painting/decorating/organizing and reorganizing that has been happening, it is nice to have a simple, easy dinner, like this chipotle grilled pork tenderloin.

Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa

We have had this chipotle grilled pork tenderloin in one variation or another for dinner several times this summer.  It is so easy: marinate in a combination of lime, chipotle peppers and honey.  The pork is then grilled until cooked through and the marinade has caramelized, coating the tenderloin in a sweet and smoky layer.

Then comes Alton Brown’s weird but awesome trick for ultra-moist, super flavorful grilled tenderloin: wrapping the cooked pork with additional marinade for 10 minutes.  In those 10 minutes, so much more flavor and moisture seeps into the pork.  It really revitalizes it {we made the mistake of skipping this step one night and were so disappointed}.

I topped this chipotle grilled pork tenderloin with a simple and easy fresh cherry salsa: cherries, a few tablespoons of chopped cilantro, and a squeeze of lime juice.  The cherries and the chipotle are an unexpected, but delicious pairing…I am totally obsessed with it!

And this is another oven-free recipe…so if I decide to take the plunge and paint my kitchen, I have this recipe in my tool belt 😉

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Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Fresh Cherry Salsa
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Smoky chipotle, lime and honey grilled pork tenderloin is topped with a fresh cherry salsa. This flavor combination is unbelievable!
Serves: 2-3
  • One 400g pork tenderloin
  • zest of one lime
  • juice of one lime
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 4 chipotle peppers, coarsely chopped
  • 4 tsp adobo sauce {from can of chipotle peppers}
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ tsp salt
Fresh Cherry Salsa
  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and sliced into quarters
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 2 tsp lime juice
Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin
  1. Combine marinade ingredients. Pour half of marinade into a resealable bag with pork tenderloin; cover and store other half of marinade until ready to cook pork. Marinate pork for 1 hour or more.
  2. Pre-heat barbecue to medium-high. Discard marinade and cook pork over indirect heat {towards the edge} for 15-20 minutes per side, or until cooked to an internal temperature of 145°F {63°C}.
  3. Place cooked pork tenderloin in aluminum foil, bringing the edges up around it to form a 'basket'. Pour the remaining marinade over the pork, and seal the aluminum foil, allowing everything to rest for 10 minutes.
Fresh Cherry Salsa:
  1. Combine all ingredients and serve over the pork.

Recipe adapted from the Food Network

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