Cocoa spiced rubbed pork tenderloin with crimini berry sauce

An easy, flavorful grilled pork tenderloin rubbed with cocoa and spices and served with a mushroom and berry sauce. As delicious as it is pretty.

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Sometimes there are recipes that I put on here that I know are just going to be impossible to convey how amazingly delicious they are. Or, stuff you’ll look at and be like “that title is about 7 words too long, is she on crack? This must be way too hard to make. Moving on to the next post…” This recipe probably fits into both those buckets.

But too bad. I’m sharing it anyway. I won’t really attempt to try to explain how outrageous this tasted (but know that it did) and I won’t try to defend my obnoxiously long title (but seriously, which word would you cut out?! And, it’s not nearly as complicated as it sounds!) but I will tell you about the super creepster experience I had driving to work yesterday. It’s way more entertaining than listing every descriptor in the thesaurus for “delicious” anyway.

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So there I am on I-95 in New Haven stuck in traffic (granted, that’s a given if you’ve ever traveled that stretch of highway, you’d know) during rush hour, being a typical girl, singing to whatever lame top 40 song is playing and being completely oblivious to those around me. I look over to see a nice Audi SUV along side of me with a guy in it legitimately staring me straight in the eyes. We make eye contact for a second in which I expect him to look away like a normal person that looks at the car next to you but quickly turns their head once eye contact is established, except that never happens.

He is so intently staring at me that my train of thought goes to “ok, do I KNOW this person?” So then I stare back. I start to crack a smile thinking it’s a coworker in a different car than normal or something because he did sort of look like one of my coworkers but then I see a wedding ring on his finger and that coworker isn’t married. So now I’m freaked and my half smile acknowledgement turns to a “WTF is wrong with you look?” But that half smile was all he needed. He then starts smiling directly at me and picks up his phone to show me through the window. He points to it and starts giving me his number through hand signals as if I should be typing them into my phone to call him. At this point I just bust out laughing and try my best to look straight ahead pretending like this isn’t actually happening to me. Out of the hundreds/thousands! of cars on this highway, why me? Like is this for real? Does a grown married man (who is flashing his wedding ring at me through the window) seriously think he can pick up women like this?

Is this real life?

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I had about 10 miles to go until my work parking lot, 9.5 of which he followed directly behind me occasionally waving when I’d look up in my rear view mirror. I was convinced he was going to pull up next to me at work when thankfully, he turned the opposite way off the exit ramp.

Fuh-reak.

Or, maybe his wife just doesn’t make him kick-ass cocoa rubbed pork tenderloin and he was looking for someone that could.

(because I don’t want to deal with the sexism comments that will likely roll in after that sentence, one word:  sarcasm.)

Cocoa spiced rubbed pork tenderloin with crimini berry sauce
 
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An easy, flavorful grilled pork tenderloin rubbed with cocoa and spices and served with a mushroom and berry sauce. As delicious as it is pretty.
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Serves: 4
Ingredients
For the pork:
  • 1½ lb. pork tenderloin
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
For the sauce:
  • ½ lb. crimini mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed & quartered
  • 1 small yellow onion, sliced
  • ½ tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon rosemary, chopped
  • ½ cup blueberries
  • ½ cup blackberries
  • ½ cup raspberries
  • salt & pepper to taste
Instructions
For the pork:
  1. Combine all the spices in a small bowl.
  2. Rub the entire pork tenderloin with the spice rub and let sit for 20 minutes.
  3. Heat a grill to the 425-450 range and grill the pork on each side for about 5 minutes or until cooked through and internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
  4. Remove cooked pork to a cutting board and let sit for at least 5 minutes before slicing.
For the sauce:
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add the butter, olive oil and onions and saute for about 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms, stir and cook for another 5-7 minutes until mushrooms have released their moisture and are starting to caramelize.
  4. Add the rosemary and stir to combine.
  5. Add the blueberries and blackberries and stir to slightly break down the berries.
  6. Add the raspberries last and give one final light stir (the raspberries are the most delicate of the berries so you don’t want to turn them to mush).
  7. Season with salt & pepper to taste and then spoon over the sliced pork.

 

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Comments

  1. 1

    omg – this was the pork you were talking about. i would eat this in a heartbeat. seriously.

    i have a heart attack every time i see a cop behind me or whatever. there was this one time, a cop got up behind me, flashed his lights and i thought i was doomed. i even started tearing up (haha)..but then he zoomed past me. score!

  2. 2

    That’s so seriously creepy. Like highway serial killer kind of creepy. I’ve honestly only had pork tenderloin once and it was amazing so I’m positive this would be too, especially with the berries mmm.

  3. 3

    True Story – I dated a guy for two months that was hitting on me while driving 70 down the highway. He was also in the military and I had a thing for guys in uniform… Not my proudest moment – but at least he was my age, and NOT MARRIED!! The things you do in college…

    Anyway – who cares how many words this pork name has in it – I will scarf this down with reckless abandon!!

  4. 4

    Yea that is totally weird! Creeper indeed.
    Now this pork is absolutely gorgeous almost to pretty to eat — almost.

  5. 5

    I love the last line – sarcasm. LOL. I was just thinking about making pork with some sort of a berry sauce. Perfect!

  6. 6

    Hahah oh man dudes in cars. Does that seriously ever work? I really have to wonder if any normal woman ever met a great man that was flagging her down in traffic? So creepy.
    At least you know you got it goin’ on, girl ;)

    OH and about the title, I am QUEEN of WAY too many words in my titles. Sometimes you just cannot cut it back any more. I say embrace it. People need to know about ALL of the goodness.

    This pork looks amazing, but you know that!!

  7. 7

    I am dying over yours and Megan’s stories hahaha!! Too funny. And creepy. Both of them. But this pork seriously DOES look insanely delicious! I need to go to your place for dinner!

  8. 8

    Now this is interesting. Never thought of using cocoa powder on pork. I know my husband is going to like this one :-)

  9. 9

    I just bought pork tenderloin and was wondering what to do with…and now I know! Thanks!!

  10. 10

    That dude was both creepy and stupid. Isn’t it bad enough that you have to drive on I-95? I did that in Virginia, and hated getting on that highway. I was entertained by your story, but have been in similarly creepy situations myself, so I really feel for you, having to deal with that.

    Seriously, the recipe sounds wonderful, and the title is just fine. With a good, descriptive title, we don’t have to spend a lot of time perusing the list of ingredients to find out what the recipe is about.

  11. 11
    Timmy Roller says:

    How do you think this would be without the sauce? Still pretty tasty?

    • 12
      Running to the Kitchen says:

      Yeah, the spice rub itself it definitely tasty. I just prefer pork with some sort of sauce/liquid but if that’s not your thing, go for it!

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