Grilling the Perfect Pork Tenderloin: A Juicy Delight

Are you ready to take your grilling skills to the next level? Look no further than this mouthwatering recipe for the best damn grilled pork tenderloin. With its perfectly balanced flavors and tender, juicy texture, this dish is guaranteed to impress even the toughest of critics.

The Distinction: Pork Tenderloin vs. Pork Loin

Before we dive into the recipe, it’s essential to clarify the difference between pork tenderloin and pork loin. These are two distinct cuts of meat with varying characteristics and cooking times. For this recipe, make sure you choose pork tenderloin – a lean, long, and narrow cut, typically weighing around 1.25 – 1.75lbs.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

A Simple BBQ Seasoning Rub

The key to elevating the flavors of the pork tenderloin lies in the simple BBQ seasoning rub. You’ll be delighted to know that the ingredients for this rub are likely already sitting in your pantry and spice rack. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Brown Sugar
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Ground Mustard
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cayenne (optional but highly suggested!)
  • Vegetable Oil

Preparing the rub is a breeze – just mix all the dry ingredients together. Then, coat the pork tenderloin with vegetable oil and liberally rub in the seasoning mix. At this point, you have two options: either season the pork and head straight to the grill, or use the rub as a marinade. If you choose the latter, place the seasoned pork in a zip-top bag and let it marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours.

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Prepping Your Grill for Success

To ensure a successful grilling experience, it’s essential to prep your grill properly. Whether you’re using a charcoal or gas grill, start by scraping the grates clean and applying a generous coating of vegetable oil. This process, known as seasoning the grill, not only prevents sticking but also enhances the overall grilling experience. Once the grill is cleaned and seasoned, fire it up to high heat with the lid closed for approximately 5 minutes. This step ensures that the grates are nice and hot, enabling a beautiful sear on the meat.

Grill Marks and Cook Times

When it comes to grilling, achieving those coveted crosshatch grill marks on the meat is undeniably satisfying. To accomplish this, set your grill to medium-high heat and place the pork tenderloins on the hot, preheated grill. Allow them to cook undisturbed for about 5 minutes until they begin to release from the grill. This initial release is precisely what we’re looking for. Next, give the meat a ¼ turn using tongs and continue grilling for an additional 3-4 minutes. It’s now time to flip the meat and grill for another 3 minutes. We’re almost there! Since the pork loin is a round cut, make sure to sear the remaining sides by holding it with the tongs for approximately 1 minute each. To determine the doneness of the pork, use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. Aim for an internal temperature of 145°F.

Rest and Enjoyment Await

Once you’ve removed the grilled pork tenderloin from the heat, allow it to rest for 3-5 minutes before cutting into it. During this time, the natural juices will redistribute, ensuring a tender and juicy final product. When you’re ready to serve, take a sharp knife and slice away. Whether you prefer thin slices or thick medallions, both will be equally delicious.

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Savoring the Grilled Pork Tenderloin

This grilled pork tenderloin is so incredibly delicious that you might find yourself devouring it slice by slice, savoring every moment. The succulent meat will be bursting with juices, while the brown sugar and seasoning rub create a delightful caramelized crust with quintessential BBQ flavors. If you prefer a more composed presentation, plate the slices and serve alongside your favorite side dish. For an extra touch of indulgence, feel free to drizzle on some of your preferred BBQ sauce.

Pairing Suggestions

Pork tenderloin is a versatile dish that pairs wonderfully with a variety of side dishes. Given the BBQ flavors of the meat, consider serving it with our Best Damn Instant Pot Mac and Cheese. The combination of BBQ and mac and cheese creates an irresistible culinary harmony. For potato enthusiasts, our Air Fryer Garlic and Herb Potatoes make for an exceptional side dish. And let’s not forget the timeless match of asparagus and pork. Give our Best Damn Air Fryer Asparagus recipe a try for a balanced and satisfying meal.

Get ready to channel your inner grill master and prepare to wow your family and friends with this unforgettable grilled pork tenderloin. For more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.