Pork Tenderloin on a Traeger

Cooking a pork tenderloin on a Traeger Pellet Grill is a delightful experience. This versatile cut of meat can be prepared in various ways, allowing you to customize it to your preferences. Whether you prefer a smoky BBQ rub, a garlic and herb crust, or a simple teriyaki marinade, the pork tenderloin can adapt to any menu.

Pork Tenderloin Basics

Before we dive into the cooking process, let’s understand what a pork tenderloin is. Similar to chicken tenders and beef tenderloin (filet mignon), it is an inexpensive cut of meat that is exceptionally tender. This is because it is a muscle that doesn’t get much use. The tenderloin is located on the backside of a pork loin or pork loin roast, which is why it is lighter in color compared to a boneless pork loin roast.

Being a lean cut, the pork tenderloin doesn’t have much fat or marbling. This also means it lacks the tough connective tissue found in other cuts like pork shoulder or pork butt. As a result, it can be cooked quickly on the Traeger Grill. However, you may need to remove the silver skin on one side before cooking.

Traeger Pork Tenderloin Cook Times

To achieve the perfect pork tenderloin on your Traeger Grill, it’s essential to consider cooking times and temperatures. The table below outlines the cook times I’ve tracked on my own Traeger:

Cooking Temperature Cook Time
375°F 18-25 min
425°F 15-20 min
450°F 12-18 min
500°F 10-15 min
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Based on personal preference, you can adjust the temperature and cooking time accordingly. If you’re aiming for a smoky BBQ flavor, I recommend slow cooking at 225°F to achieve a nice smoke ring. However, for a quicker cooking process, higher temperatures work well, especially when using flavors like teriyaki or garlic herb.

The most critical factor to consider is the internal temperature of the pork. It should reach 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit. Once it reaches this temperature, remove the pork tenderloin from the grill, place it on a cutting board, and cover it with aluminum foil. Let it rest for 5-15 minutes to allow the moisture to redistribute before slicing.

Suggested Pork Tenderloin Rubs and Marinades

When it comes to flavoring your pork tenderloin, the options are endless. From specialty shops to grocery stores, you can find a wide variety of rubs and sauces to enhance the taste. Traeger even offers a variety pack of rubs with six different flavors, perfect for sampling.

  • Smokey BBQ: Traeger Grills’ Pork Rub is an excellent choice if you prefer a warm smoke flavor with a subtle sweetness. This flavor profile pairs well with a lower and slower cooking process, allowing the flavors to meld together.

  • Garlic and Herb Crusted: Create a flavorful crust by blending minced garlic with fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, and parsley. Combine them with olive oil, salt, and pepper to form a paste. This herb crust works best with a medium cook time at around 300°F for about an hour.

  • Teriyaki: For a quick and delicious weeknight meal, marinate the pork tenderloin in a bottled teriyaki sauce for a couple of hours. Cook it at 375°F for approximately 18 minutes. Serve with extra sauce on the side for dipping.

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To ensure a successful cooking experience, make sure you have the following supplies on hand:

  • Traeger Grill
  • Wood Pellets (Signature Blend or Kirkland Signature blend for great flavor)
  • Sheet pan with wire rack
  • Tongs
  • Meat thermometer
  • Cutting board and sharp knife

The End Result

After following these cooking instructions, you’ll be rewarded with a tender, juicy, and incredibly flavorful pork tenderloin. This easy recipe is perfect for a delicious weeknight dinner. It’s a crowd-pleaser that will leave everyone satisfied and craving more.

How Can I Use Leftover Smoked Pork Tenderloin?

If you happen to have any leftover smoked pork tenderloin, don’t fret! There are plenty of creative ways to enjoy it. Here are some recommended side dishes that pair well with the tender meat:

  • Cheesy Twice Baked Potatoes
  • Beer and Cheddar Risotto
  • Traeger Blondie (a delicious dessert option)

For more Traeger recipes, I highly recommend trying out my Bourbon Glazed Pork Chops. These chops are brined overnight to infuse them with delightful seasoning and to maintain moisture in this lean cut of pork. After grilling on the Traeger, they’re finished off with a brown sugar bourbon glaze. The flavors are a perfect combination, and this recipe is surprisingly easy to make.

If you’ve tried this pork tenderloin recipe or any other recipes mentioned, please let me know how it turned out. I love hearing about your cooking experiences!

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