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How To Grill Pork Tenderloin

Updated on April 7, 2015
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Paul is a barbecue enthusiast. He is currently grilling and smoking on a Komodo Kamado Ultimate 23.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilling pork tenderloin is my specialty. Follow these easy steps and you'll have some of the most succulent pork you've ever tasted!

Rinse Pork Tenderloin after Brine

Start with a brined pork tenderloin

Pork tenderloin is a lean piece of white meat that is already tender, but for extra juicy and extra tender brine the pork first. Once the pork is removed from the brine solution, rinse it under cold water and pat dry with paper towels.

Season the pork

Seasoning a Pork Tenderloin for Grilling

To season pork tenderloin you'll need a rub that has salt and pepper in it for the most basic rubs. Here are a few of my favorite simple rubs.

Pork Tenderloin Rub

  • Garlic salt
  • Pepper
  • Rosemary

Substitute a lemon pepper with salt for an all in one seasoning.

Grilling the Tenderloin

Preheat the grill to 375 degrees. Spray Pam on the grill before putting the pork down. This will prevent the meat from sticking.

The key to great grill marks

  • Lay the pork across the grill. Let it sear for 3 to 4 minutes and then rotate one third turn. Turn three times until there are ring marks around the tenderloin.
  • Lay the pork horizontally to the grill and now grill the pork 3 to 4 minutes for each one third turn.

Checking the Pork Tenderloin internal temperature
Checking the Pork Tenderloin internal temperature

Saucing and Internal Temperature of Pork

After the grill marks have been completed, the pork is ready for saucing. The internal temperature at this point should be about 130 to 135 degrees.

Put on the bbq sauce. Preferably homemade and continue to let the pork cook. Adding sauce near the end of the grilling will prevent most of the flare ups since bbq sauce has a high sugar content and can burn.

When the pork tenderloin reaches 145 degrees on an instant read thermometer, pull it from the grill. To take the temperature properly, insert the thermometer from one end and make sure the probe stays in the middle. Insert it slowly until the probe reaches the center. The readings will be higher near the ends, but we want the true center temperature of the meat to decide when to pull it from the grill.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sliced
Grilled Pork Tenderloin Sliced

Slicing and Serving Pork Tenderloin

Once the tenderloin has been removed from the grill, let it set for 10 minutes. The pork will continue to cook and it will also reabsorb the juices from brining.

Slice the pork into 1/2 inch medallions and serve hot.

What to serve with pork tenderloin

  • Apple sauce
  • Sweet potatoes
  • Salad with savory dressing or tomato and cucumber salad with salt and pepper

Wine to serve with pork tenderloin

  • Pinot Noir
  • Chardonnay


  • Premium vanilla ice cream with shot of espresso
  • Apple or Pumpkin pie


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    • Sue Bailey profile image

      Susan Bailey 

      5 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      Ooo I love Pork Tenderloin Paul. My favourite recipe is breadcrumbing it with rosemary, garlic salt and lemon pepper crumbs. Delicious!

    • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Edmondson 

      5 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Just added a couple new photos from my last cook. My new phone takes way better pictures!

    • Brandon E Newman profile image

      Brandon E Newman 

      6 years ago from North Texas

      Yummy. Im going to do some smoked burgers in a while. Never tried this but I think they will be great.

    • Peggy W profile image

      Peggy Woods 

      6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Yum! Sounds delicious! While we have cooked and served many a pork tenderloin in the house, we have never grilled one. Thanks for your instructions. If you are inviting company...we are available! :)

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      Ireno Alcala 

      6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      My mouth is drooling for this, Mr. Paul! :D

    • Rosie2010 profile image

      Rosie Rose 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      ooops, my mistake! The "play" option was only on when hub hopping. Oh well, still awesome.

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      Rosie Rose 

      6 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Paul Edmondson, this is awesome! The video feature now has the "play" option. How awesome is that? And yes, the pork tenderloin looks awesome too. Voted up, and guess what? Awesome, of course. :D

      Have a nice day,


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      Carolee Samuda 

      6 years ago from Jamaica

      Simone, I don't believe

      That looks tasty Paul. The man of the house loves pork, he would love this. Need to get that grill ASAP.

    • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Edmondson 

      6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      Thursday night is pork tenderloin night!

    • Maddie Ruud profile image

      Maddie Ruud 

      6 years ago from Oakland, CA

      Simone, I am aghast that you have never seen a pork tenderloin.

      Paul, I'm coming to your house for dinner.

    • Paul Edmondson profile imageAUTHOR

      Paul Edmondson 

      6 years ago from Burlingame, CA

      One tip is I never freeze pork tenderloin. There is something about how the meat changes after it's frozen and thawed.

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      6 years ago from florida

      Thanks paul! being in the BBQ industry I bbq, smoke or grill almost daily and I have always have had a problem with pork tenderloin. I actually defrosted one Monday but grilled steaks instead. I would think the searing and the brine would hinder any absorption of sauce at the end but I am going to try this, step-by-step. The finished product looks awesome.

    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Huh! So THAT'S what a pork tenderloin look like! Quite the useful guide, this. I've never had pork tenderloin- even in my meat eating days. Looks pretty tasty!

    • KimberlyLake profile image

      Kimberly Lake 

      6 years ago from California

      It looks great! I haven't grilled loin before. Socially shared.


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