Jerked Pork with Cranberry Apples

  • Serves: Serves 4; 3 ounces pork and 1/2 apple per serving


Bake sweet cranberry apples alongside this simple, spicy pork tenderloin for a winter-holiday feast.


Vegetable oil spray (optional)
Jerked Pork
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1-pound pork tenderloin, all visible fat removed
Cranberry Apples
2 8-ounce tart baking apples, such as Granny Smith, halved crosswise and cored
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 tablespoon fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cooking Instructions

Preheat the oven to 425°F. Heavily spray a broiler pan with vegetable oil spray or line the pan with aluminum foil and spray heavily.

In a small bowl, stir together the cinnamon, allspice, cayenne, and nutmeg. Rub the mixture evenly over the pork. Let stand for 15 minutes. Put the pork in the broiler pan (without a rack), tucking any thin ends of the pork under so it will cook evenly. Arrange the apple halves with the cut side up around the pork.

In the same small bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients. Spoon onto each apple half, mounding slightly. Lightly spray apples and cranberry mixture with vegetable oil spray.

Bake for 25 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the pork registers 155°F on a meat thermometer. (The meat should have a hint of pink. It will continue to cook for a few minutes after you remove it from the oven.) Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let stand for 5 minutes.

To serve, slice the pork and place it on a serving platter. Arrange the apples around the pork.

Nutritional Analysis
Per serving
Calories Per Serving
Total Fat
4 g
Saturated Fat
1.5 g
Trans Fat
Polyunsaturated Fat
.5 g
Monounsaturated Fat
1.5 g
63 mg
46 mg
25 g
3 g
21 g

Dietary Exchanges

1 fruit, 1/2 other carbohydrate, 3 lean meat

This recipe is reprinted with permission from the American Heart Association Low-Calorie Cookbook, Copyright © 2004 by the American Heart Association. Published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, a division of Random House, Inc. Available from booksellers everywhere.