New Mexican Spice Rubbed Pork

Mesa Grill Recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 (2 lb.) pork tenderloin

New Mexican Rub:
2 tablespoons dried ancho chile powder
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground pasilla chile powder
2 teaspoons de arbol chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons allspice

Bourbon-Ancho Sauce:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large red onion, finely chopped
2 cups bourbon
2 tablespoons bourbon
3 ancho chilies, soaked, seeded, stems removed and pureed
6 cups homemade chicken stock
1 cup apple juice concentrate, thawed
8 whole black peppercorns
1/4 cup light brown sugar

For the Rub: Combine all ingredients in a bowl.

For the Pork: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Heat the olive oil in a medium saute pan, over high heat. Season the pork with salt on both sides. Rub the pork evenly (and generously!) with the spice rub. Sear the pork on both sides until golden brown. Cook in the oven to medium doneness, about 10 minutes.

For the Sauce: Heat olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook until soft. Add the bourbon and cook until completely reduced. Add the remaining ingredients and cook until reduced by half. Strain through a fine mesh strainer, return mixture to the pan, and cook to sauce consistency. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of bourbon and cook for 2 minutes. Season with salt.  Serves 6-8.

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