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Grilled Pork Tenderloin: Tender and Juicy

If I call this grilled pork tenderloin recipe just delicious, it will be an understatement. Pork is the most commonly consumed red meat worldwide. But the grilled one will never fail to mesmerize you because of the smokiness. The marinade makes it incredibly juicy and tender because of the flavors it has. I prefer to  garnish it with either grilled or sauté vegetables which makes for a delightful lunch/ dinner.
grilled pork tenderloin cut into slices and served

Key attribute of grilled pork tenderloin

Pork Loin and tenderloin are the two different parts cut from the animal. Tenderloin is long, thin, and boneless. It is a cut of the meat from the muscles running along the backbone. On the other hand, the loin is broad and thick which can be cut in steak size.

The tenderloin contains less fat (around 3.5g per 100g) and a rich source of protein. It is recommended not to consume it on a regular basis as it can raise the cholesterol level in your body.

So go for that one extra mile jogging or hit the gym if you’re a pork lover and have it a few times in a week.

a butcher's guide showing the exact position of pork tenderloin

I recommend fresh not frozen

I would definitely recommend a fresh cut tenderloin as this recipe demands one. So when you are up to cooking this magical recipe, reach to your meat vendor or shop nearby. The morning hours are ideal to grab a fresh piece for that perfectly grilled pork tenderloin. I find it a bit cheaper that way!

If you like the packaged one from the supermarket, then it’ll too sum up to be yummy in the final outcome.

raw pork fillet ready to marinate for grilled pork tenderloin
The way it’s grilled to perfection, you can always expect a slice of smokey and extraordinary meat. The crispy outsides and wonderfully juicy & tender insides make it perfect for that afternoon barbecue.

The pork tenderloin marinade

Here I’ll begin with a ½ – 1 pound (approx 450g) of tenderloin. To get the softest and tender grilled meat rub it with extra virgin olive oil. You can also use other vegetable oil but I highly recommend extra virgin.

Now for the seasoning use salt, pepper, garlic powder, steak rub or Italian seasoning & lemon juice. Make sure every part of the meat is covered with the spices. Leave the pork tenderloin marinade for at least 3 hours.

Quick Tip: For the marinade avoid using anything that contains sugar e.g. honey, maple syrup, brown sugar, etc. It easily burns during the seasoning process in the grill.

raw pork tenderloin marinade with spices and herbs

Now it’s time to raise the flames

If you’ve tried your hands on this before, then you’ll get a perfectly grilled pork tenderloin within 15 minutes. As a result, it makes for a crunchy outside and soft & juicy inside. Here’s what you need to follow:

  • Preheat the grill to a maximum temperature of 400 degrees F if you’re using a gas or propane grill. If you’re using open charcoal grill make sure to add as much charcoal as possible. It keeps the heat intact.

Quick Tip: I personally don’t recommend a grill pan but you can use one if you don’t have a proper grill.

  • Now place the tenderloin on the high heat side of the grill. Grill all four sides for 1 & ½ – 2 minutes at least. In case of gas grill keep the lid closed between flipping.

pork tenderloin grilled on medium-high heat

  • In this step move the tenderloin over the side of the grill with low heat. Now grill the larger side of the meat for approx 5 minutes. Here the catch is you will grill on the four sides but two sides will end up being flatter.
  • Check the meat at regular intervals. You can use a fork to check if it’s properly cooked or not. Make sure not to keep one side of the meat on the grill for too long. You definitely don’t want to gorge on a slice of burnt meat.

Quick Tip: You can use a thermometer to check the internal temperature of the meat.

A couple of more minutes on the grill and you get the reward for your hard work. The juiciest grilled pork tenderloin is ready to serve. You can add a little barbecue sauce to garnish!

Bon appétit!

grilled pork tenderloin cut into slices and served
grilled pork tenderloin cut into slices and served
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin

To get the juiciness the tenderloin marinade is an essential step and then grilling it to perfection. It is served with grilled or sauté vegetables which I prefer a lot. Also you can sip in a couple of beer pints with it.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, Pork
Keyword Grilled Pork Tenderloin, grilled pork tenderloin recipes, pork tenderloin grill, pork tenderloin on grill, recipe for grilled pork tenderloin
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 People
Author Joyjeet Sarkar

Ingredients

  • 1 lb Tenderloin (approx weight)
  • 3-4 tsp Olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 Lemon - for the juice
  • Steak rub or Italian Sesoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • Garlic Powder (optional)

Instructions

  • Rub the pork fillet with extra virgin olive oil.
  • For the seasoningadd lemon juice, garlic powder, steak rub and apply thoroughly on the tenderloin.
  • Lightly add salt and pepper as per taste.
  •  It's time to refrigerate the marinade for at least an hour or up to 3 hours.
  • Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F. Remove the tenderloin from the marinade, remove any excess shallot and set aside. Place the tenderloin on the grill.
  • Grill for 2-3 minutes per side before rotating.After that grill the larger side of the meat for 5 minutes. Keep the lid closed while flipping.
  • Continue cooking and rotating on the grill until the internal temperature of the tenderloin reads 145 degrees F. Remove from the grill and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes.
  •  Allow it cool for 5 minutes and serve.

Notes

Key Tips:
  1. As I said charcoal or gas grill is the best option for this recipe.
  2. Preheat a griddle with the grill on high. A grill basket does not need to be preheated.
  3. Cook the meat over a medium grill
  4. This is one of the recipes where the lid needs to be closed while flipping the pork fillet, when the internal temp reaches 140-150 Celsius it’s nicely done.
 
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Nutrition Facts
How to Grill Pork Tenderloin on a Gas Grill
Amount Per serving 1lb tenderloin
Calories 737           Calories from Fat 195
% Daily Value*
Fat 21.6g                                 33%
  Saturated Fat 7.5g                37%
                                                   Polyunsaturated Fat 1.8g
                                                   Monounsaturated Fat 8.7g
 Cholesterol 356mg                119%
Sodium 252mg                         11%
                                             Potassium 1967mg
                                             Protein 126.6g
                                             Vitamin A 23mg                         1%
                                             Vitamin C 2mg
                                             Calcium 27mg
                                             Iron 7mg
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This is a general nutrition chart for one serving. The number of servings is stated above and is my estimate of the normal serving size for this recipe.
The above nutritional information is estimated and may vary from the actual results you have. This is home cooking, and there are many variables. To taste ingredients such as salt will be my estimate of the average user.

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