I was trying to think of a new spin on pork tenderloin and it came to me — a-ha! — Old Bay. You can't live in the Chesapeake Bay region and not love Old Bay on everything...it's just the rule. I decided to make a spice rub and although making recipes up as I go makes me very nervous, this worked out just fine.
I mixed (these are super rough estimates):
- 1 tablespoon of Old Bay
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/4 teaspoon of thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon of salt
I preheated the oven to 375 and after rubbing the tenderloin with olive oil, I pressed the spice mix into the meat. I then seared it on a grill pan on medium-heat, about 3 minutes on each side. I then popped it into the oven and cooked for about 35 minutes. I ended up slightly overcooking, but it wasn't too bad.
The flavor was great...just spicy enough, but not overpowering. Sean proclaimed it "delicious," so that's a success.