This is a favorite standby in our house. Great flavors and quick to make, it has a nice balance of salty and sweet. After I had settled on making this, I realized that I didn't have any orange juice so I substituted lime juice and zest and increased the hoisin sauce to balance the tartness of the limes. It was even better with the lime juice! I served this with white rice and corn.
Asian 5 Spice Barbecued Pork Tenderloin
- 2 to 2 1/2 pounds pork tenderloins, trimmed of fat
- Steak seasoning blend or salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Chinese 5 spice powder (found in spice section or Asian foods section)
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- 1/3 cup Hoisin prepared Chinese barbecue sauce
- 1 navel orange, zested and juiced
- 1 teaspoon dark sesame oil
- 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
- 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro or chives, for garnish
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Coat tenderloins in steak seasoning or season with salt and pepper. Combine brown sugar and 5 spice powder. Rub sugar and spice over pork. Brush baking dish or broiler pan with oil. Place pork in oven and bake 10 minutes. Combine barbecue sauce with orange zest and juice and sesame oil. Baste meat liberally with sauce and roast meat 15 minutes longer. Remove meat from oven and transfer to a serving platter. Coat meat with sesame and cilantro or chives for color.