Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Pork Tenderloin

I can’t get over just how good this pork tenderloin was. The brine made the meat tender and juicy. And the blackberry jalapeno glaze was out of this world. Not hot, just a nice berry flavor.

The wine adds such a great richness to the glaze. I’m quite sure I’ll find other dishes that will really shine by adding some of this same glaze.Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Tenderloin is my favorite cut of meat to grill. Treated right, it comes out so tender and juicy. The key is to just don’t overcook it.

Also try my grilled pork tenderloin sliders with chipotle lime mayonnaise.

Blackberry Jalapeno Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8


For the brine

  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 3 cups warm water warm
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup ice cubes
  • 2 pounds pork tenderloin silver skin removed

For the pork

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Blackberry Jalapeno Glaze recipe follows

For the blackberry jalapeno glaze

  • 2 jalapenos
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup seedless blackberry preserves
  • 1 1/4 cups Merlot wine divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch


  • Place the salt and warm water into a large resealable baggie and shake to dissolve the salt.
  • Add the vinegar, pepper flakes, brown sugar, and ice. Shake to combine.
  • Add pork, seal, and place baggie into a large bowl.
  • Let pork brine for 15-20 minutes, but no longer.
  • Remove from liquid and pat dry with a towel.
  • Fire up your grill for direct and indirect cooking.
  • Brush the pork with the oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Add pork to grill. Brown on all sides over direct heat then move to indirect heat.
  • Cook until pork temperature reaches 135 F.
  • Brush with blackberry glaze on all sides and continue cooking until temperature reaches 145-150 F.
  • Remove pork and cover in foil for 10 minutes.
  • Slice and serve topped with remaining glaze.

For the glaze

  • Roast the jalapenos on your grill. Remove stems and chop the peppers.
  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan.
  • Add garlic and jalapenos and saute for 3 minutes.
  • Add the preserves and 1 cup of the wine. Whisk to combine well.
  • Bring to a slow boil and continue boiling until reduced by half, stirring often.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup of wine and the cornstarch. Slowly pour into the saucepan while stirring.
  • Cook another 5 minutes then reduce heat and keep warm until ready to use.

Tim’s Cascade Style Chips – Jalapeno

I continue to be a big fan of Tim’s Cascade Style potato chips. They’re thick, crunchy, and full of great potato taste and these jalapeno-flavored chips are no exception.

Tim's Cascade Style Chips - JalapenoNow, don’t get all worried. These chips aren’t hot. They taste like peppers, not mouth-scorching, tongue-burning spices. I like that. Too many jalapeno-flavored foods try to be super hot and have no flavor. These have the flavor (and might could use a bit more heat).

Grab a bag of these. You’ll be happy you did! I gave them a high score on our ‘Mater Rater scale. I’ve tried many of Tim’s chips: sea salt, cheddar and sour cream, dill pickle, Johnny’s seasoned, and mesquite barbecue.

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Kernel Season’s – Cheesy Jalapeno (on tortilla chips)

After making some highly-addicting oyster cracker snacks using Kernel Season’s nacho cheddar seasoning, and some even more addicting pretzel pieces, I decided I’d try to make a flavorful snack out of their cheesy jalapeno flavor.

Kernel Season’s – Cheesy Jalapeno (on tortilla chips)These chips would be great with pretty much any of the cheesy flavors of Kernel Season’s. I’ve tried several of Kernel Season’s flavors and I love them all: Kettle corn, Parmesan and Garlic, and Chocolate Marshmallow.

Kernel Season’s – Cheesy Jalapeno (on tortilla chips)

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Author Mike



  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Spread as many chips as you like out on a baking sheet.
  • Spritz or lightly brush with olive oil.
  • Shake a little or a lot of the seasoning over the chips.
  • Bake until lightly golden and crispy.
  • Let cool and serve.