Grilled Pork Tenderloin

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin is tender, juicy and delicious with a garlicky lemon dijon marinade, taking you from marinade to the plate in 4 easy steps.

If you’re loving the grill, next time you may want to try our Super Easy Grilled Chicken, or Brown Sugar Grilled Pineapple with some Easy Fruit Salad for the perfect summer side.

Or, if you’re looking for a classic, check out our Brown Sugar Garlic Oven Baked Pork Chops which are fan favorites!

Grilled Pork TenderloinGRILLED PORK TENDERLOIN 

Grilling pork tenderloin is easy and delicious, and probably a lot easier than you would imagine. Tenderloin is a great main course for feeding a hungry family and, once you’ve prepped the meat for grilling, it is a quick weeknight dinner. Even if this is your first time trying out pork recipes, you’ll be amazed at how simple it is to grill pork tenderloin.

Like most marinades, this one requires some time. Mix together kosher salt, vegetable oil, honey, mustard, minced garlic and black pepper and set them into a plastic bag with the pork, and then kick up your feet and ignore the tenderloin for at least of four hours.

Once it has sat for a while, take the tenderloin and grill it up. The cook time will change depending on how thick the cut of meat is, so keep checking the temperature of the tenderloin to make sure it cooks through.

PORK LOIN VS. PORK TENDERLOIN

What’s the difference between a pork loin and a pork tenderloin? A lot, actually. Loin and tenderloin come from different sections of the pork, and while tenderloin is long and thin, loin is wide enough to be cut down into smaller pieces.

Loin and tenderloin cook at different temperatures, have different cook times and are better suited to different recipes. A good example of a pork loin recipe is our Ultimate Garlic Pork Loin Roast or our Lemon Salt Roasted Pork Loin.

Pork tenderloin is surprisingly versatile, and can be made into everything from sandwiches to our Bacon Wrapped Pork Medallions.

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SAFE TEMPERATURES FOR PORK TENDERLOIN

The safe internal temperature of pork tenderloin should be between 145 degrees F (63 degrees C) and 160 degrees F (71 degrees C) (according to pork.org).

It is important to use a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the tenderloin to be sure that the meat is safe before serving it.

IS PINK TENDERLOIN SAFE?

A little pink in the very center is okay (pork differs from chicken this way, pink does not necessarily mean pork is undercooked but it always means chicken is), but always make sure that the pork is up to the correct temperature.

If you are worried about the inside of the tenderloin cooking evenly, you can always tent it in aluminum foil for a little while. This will help make sure that the internal temperature catches up to the outside temperature.

What to serve with Grilled Pork Tenderloin?

Grilled Pork Tenderloin is a great summer grilling recipe, best served up with Southern Baked BeansEasy Cole SlawBaked Mac and Cheese and even better topped with Southern Fried Apples.

Whole Grilled Pork Tenderloin

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin

5 from 6 votes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Course: Main Dish
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Grilled Pork Tenderloin is tender, juicy and delicious with a garlicky lemon dijon marinade, taking you from marinade to the plate in 4 easy steps.

Ingredients

  • 1 whole pork tenderloin (2-3 pounds)
  • 3 cloves garlic , minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon , juiced

Instructions

Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Place the pork along with the rest of the ingredients into a large ziplock bag together and marinade for at least 4 hours.

  2. Prepare the grill for indirect heat and remove the pork from the ziplock and place onto an oiled grill.
  3. Grill for 20 to 25 minutes until the middle of the tenderloin is at 145 degrees (using a thermometer)

  4. Add the marinade to a small saucepan, bring to a boil and use as sauce when pork is done cooking.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6 servings, Amount per serving: 204 calories, Calories: 204g, Carbohydrates: 18g, Protein: 18g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 55mg, Sodium: 551mg, Potassium: 390mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin C: 12.3g, Calcium: 1.8g, Iron: 6.5g

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Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

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  1. Wow! This is everything a gourmet meal should be, and then some! Can’t wait to serve this to my family; they will be so impressed!

  2. I sent this recipe to my cooking-challenged daughter who has no grill. I told her to follow the recipe, except to place the pork loin on a bed of onions in a baking pan, and cook at 325F until done.

    And I plan to make this myself, on the grill, soon.

    I happened upon this site last week and after perusing it, signed up for the newsletter. All your recipes look tasty, sensible and well thought out, and fairly easy to prepare.

    Thanks for the great site, Sabrina.

    I also recommended to daughter to sign up.

    1. Thank you so much, Edwin. I’m so glad you found the site too and I appreciate you sharing it with your daughter.

      1. I made this dish last night, I cooked two tenderloins, and the marinade is wonderful and it reduces to a great sauce.

        Thanks again for a great recipe.