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    Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

    Published July 17, 2020. This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure policy.

    ForLearn how easy it is to make a delicious grilled pork tenderloin recipe that is juicy, tender, full of flavor and cooked to perfection.

    I’m a huge pork fan, there’s no denying it.  Whether it’s bacon, pork chops with apples, or pozole, it’s easy to cook and always delicious!

    cutting board with sliced pork tenderloin and salsa

    Pork Tenderloin

    If you want a quick delicious meal, I can’t think of anything easier to make than pork tenderloin.  It’s a fantastic cut of meat that is lean and delicious.  The tenderloins on the pork are in the exact same place as on any other animal which is in the center of the back on either side of the spine.

    Currently, they run in between $3.50 and $4.50 a pound and usually weigh about 1 to 1 ½ pound each.  They also often come in packs of two which is why I decided to use them both in this grilled pork tenderloin recipe.

    How Long Does It Take to Cook?

    Nowadays pork is safe to eat and much rarer temperatures than of years past.  At most of the restaurants, I worked at we would ask for the temperature for pork ad if not we served it medium.  I more prefer it to be medium-well, but that’s just my preference.

    When cooking at high temperatures on a grill here’s how long it will take to cook with the grill door closed:

    • For Medium Rare: 3-4 minutes per side
    • Medium: 4-5 minutes per side
    • For Medium Well: 5-6 minutes per side
    • Well Done: 7-8 minutes per side

    How to Grill Pork Tenderloin

    Follow these simple instructions for making this amazing recipe:

    Start by whisking together the spice marinade in a bowl.

    2whisking together a spice blend in a bowl

    Add the pork tenderloins to a plastic zip bag or in a container and add the marinade over top and mix until combined.

    adding a spice rub to pork tenderloin in a plastic bag

    Marinate for at least 30 minutes but preferably overnight to maximize flavor.

    moving the seasoning around with pork tenderloin in a plastic zip bag

    Place the pork tenderloin on a preheated hot grill (450° to 550°) and cook for 4-6 minutes per side or until dark grill marks have formed and the desired internal temperature is achieved.

    grilled pork tenderloin with grill marks

    Remove the grill and rest on a cutting board for 3-5 minutes before slicing and serving alongside a pineapple salsa.

    slicing grilled pork tenderloin on a cutting board

    Recipe Chef Notes + Tips

    Make-Ahead: While this is meant to be eaten as soon as it comes off the grill and is sliced, you can make this an hour ahead of time while keeping warm in an oven at 165°.  You can only do this if you prefer the pork tenderloin to be well done internally.

    How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.  This will freeze covered for up to 2 months.  Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.

    How to Reheat: Please note that reheating pork will cause it to immediately overcook.  The best way to heat it up is in a pan in the oven at 350° until warmed.  You can also heat it in the microwave until warm.

    This pork is fantastic eaten by itself and would also go fantastic with chimichurri sauce and pesto in addition to the pineapple salsa.

    It’s important to rest this pork, or any protein, after cooking to allow for the juices to soak back into it making it more flavorful.

    The longer you can marinate the pork the better.

    I served this with Butter Bean Recipe with Corn, Tomatoes, and Bacon and so should you.

    sliced pork tenderloin on a live edge cutting board with limes

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    Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

    5 from 4 votes
    Learn how easy it is to make a delicious grilled pork tenderloin recipe that is juicy, tender, full of flavor, and cooked to perfection.
    Servings: 6
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 12 minutes
    Marinate Time: 30 minutes
    Total Time: 35 minutes

    Ingredients 

    • ½ cup olive oil
    • 1 heaping tablespoon cumin
    • 1 heaping tablespoon chili powder
    • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
    • 2 teaspoons sea salt
    • 2 pork tenderloins
    • ½ pineapple salsa recipe

    Instructions

    • In a medium-size bowl whisk together the oil, cumin, chili powder, red pepper flakes and salt until combined.
    • Pour the marinade in a plastic zip bag and add the pork tenderloins. Close the bag and move everything around to ensure the pork is coated.
    • Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or overnight.
    • Place the pork on a pre-heated grill (450° to 550°) and cook for 5-6 minutes per side or until dark grill marks are achieved and the desired internal temperature is achieved.
    • Remove the pork from the grill and rest on a plate or cutting board for 3-5 minutes before slicing and serving alongside the pineapple salsa.

    Notes

    Chef Notes:
    • Make-Ahead: While this is meant to be eaten as soon as it comes off the grill and is sliced, you can make this an hour ahead of time while keeping warm in an oven at 165°. You can only do this if you prefer the pork tenderloin to be well done internally.
     
    • How to Store: Place covered in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. This will freeze covered for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator for 1 day before reheating.
     
    • How to Reheat: Please note that reheating pork will cause it to immediately overcook. The best way to heat it up is in a pan in the oven at 350° until warmed. You can also heat it in the microwave until warm.
     
    • This pork is fantastic eaten by itself and would also go fantastic with chimichurri sauce and pesto in addition to the pineapple salsa.
     
    • It’s important to rest this pork, or any protein, after cooking to allow for the juices to soak back into it making it more flavorful.
     
    • The longer you can marinate the pork the better.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 277kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 39gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 123mgSodium: 886mgPotassium: 756mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 198IUCalcium: 14mgIron: 2mg
    Course: dinner, lunch
    Cuisine: American