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Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce

Watch how to make savory cocoa-rubbed roast pork tenderloin served with a black cherry sauce. The simple dry rub includes unsweetened cocoa powder plus cumin and ancho and chipotle chili powders. Sear the dry-rubbed pork just briefly before popping it in the oven. In this video, you'll also see how to make an incredibly easy cherry sauce: black cherry preserves, vinegar, and oregano. That’s it! So easy. And believe it or not, this dish was inspired by those amazing chocolate-covered cherry cordials! Check out the recipe for Chef John’s Cocoa-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Cherry Sauce. This delicious roast pork is elegant enough for a special occasion meal—we’re looking at you, Valentine’s Day!—but it’s so simple, it also makes a great dinner for busy weeknights!

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  • scrumdiddly

What is the side dish? Some kind of shredded cabbage? Would love some suggestions for good side dish pairings with this. The tenderloin looks awesome...

  • Claire

That is a brilliant idea! So trying that as soon as I can. Thank you! ^-^

  • Gail

I am so going to try this. I was also wondering what the side dish is - are those corn nuts?