Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Ingredients

1.5 – 2 lb Pork Tenderloin: Look for a whole pork tenderloin, not pre-sliced.

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or substitute with white wine vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey or maple syrup (for sweetness)
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herbs (or mix of basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary)
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Optional Glaze: Consider adding your favorite BBQ sauce or a honey-balsamic glaze during the last few minutes of grilling.

Instructions

  • Prep the Pork: Trim any excess fat or silverskin from the tenderloin. Let it rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes before grilling.
  • Mix the Marinade: Combine all marinade ingredients in a bowl or ziplock bag.
  • Marinate: Place the pork tenderloin in the marinade. For maximum flavor, marinate for at least 1 hour or up to overnight. If short on time, a quick 30-minute marinate will still add flavor.
  • Preheat the Grill: Heat your grill to medium-high heat (around 400-450°F or 200-230°C). Clean and oil the grill grates.
  • Grill on Direct Heat: Place the pork tenderloin on the hot grates. Sear for 1-2 minutes per side, rotating until all sides have a nice grill-marked crust.
  • Indirect Heat: Move the pork to the cool side of the grill (indirect heat) and close the lid.
  • Cook to Perfection: Grill for 15-20 minutes, or until an internal thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 145°F (63°C). Rotate halfway through cooking if needed.
  • Optional Glazing: In the last few minutes of grilling, brush the pork with your chosen glaze, if using.
  • Rest: Remove the pork tenderloin from the grill and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute, making it tender and juicy.
  • Slice and Serve: Slice against the grain into thick medallions and enjoy!

Tips

  • Spice it Up: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes for a little heat.
  • Flavor Variations: Explore different marinade combinations – soy sauce, ginger, garlic; orange juice, honey, Dijon; even a simple salt and pepper dry rub works well.
  • Serving Suggestions: Grilled pork tenderloin pairs great with roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, salads, or rice.

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