Smoked Pork Loin: The Perfect Roast for a Backyard BBQ

This Smoked Pork Loin recipe is a crowd-pleaser, perfect for family gatherings or backyard BBQs with friends. With its juicy and flavorful meat, this dish only requires a few simple ingredients. So, let’s fire up the smoker, grab some Sweet Rub, and get ready to cook up a storm!

sliced smoked pork loin on a wooden cutting board with fresh herbs on the side

The Juiciest Pork Loin Roast

When it comes to feeding a hungry crowd, this pork loin roast is the way to go. Despite not having excessive fat, it still remains juicy while smoking. The key to a perfectly cooked pork loin lies in maintaining the right temperature. Set your smoker to 225 degrees F and smoke the roast for 2-3 hours. This low and slow method ensures that the meat stays moist and tender.

For an even more delightful experience, try using my signature sweet rub. Made with a blend of 8 different seasonings, it adds a wonderfully sweet and slightly spicy flavor to the pork loin. I recommend smoking it with mild fruit woods like apple or cherry. The combination of apple wood and pork creates a winning flavor, but feel free to experiment and use whatever wood flavors you have on hand.

Pork Loin vs. Pork Tenderloin

It’s important to note that pork loin and pork tenderloin are not interchangeable. They come from different parts of the pig and have distinct tastes and cooking methods.

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Pork loin is a large cut of meat taken from the upper side of the rib cage. It can be further sliced into smaller portions, such as pork chops or pork steaks. For pre-sliced, ready-to-cook options, check out my recipe for Smoked Pork Chops.

On the other hand, pork tenderloin is sourced from the central spine muscle. It is the most tender part of the pig and has a milder flavor. If you’re in the mood for a delicious meal, try my Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Beer and Mustard Glaze.

seasoned and scored pork loin on the smoker

Elevate the Flavors with Sweet Rub

To take your pork loin to the next level, use my amazing sweet rub. This blend of 8 different seasonings adds a perfect balance of sweetness and spice to the meat. You can make it yourself using my Best Sweet Rub recipe, or conveniently purchase it from Patio Provisions. They offer 6- or 12-ounce bottles, as well as a 2-pound bag for refills. This versatile rub is not only great on pork loin but also enhances the flavors of chicken, salmon, veggies, and more.

The Art of Smoking a Pork Loin

To achieve the best results when smoking a pork loin, proper preparation and temperature control are essential. Here are 5 steps to guide you:

  1. Get the smoke going: Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees F, ensuring your chosen smoker is ready for action.
  2. Trim and score the pork: Pat the roast dry and trim excess fat that is over 1/4 inch thick. Score the fat cap with a sharp knife in a diagonal pattern about 1/4 inch deep. Scoring helps the fat render down as it cooks and infuses the meat with more flavor.
  3. Season the roast: Coat the pork with olive oil to ensure an even base. Generously sprinkle all sides with my Best Sweet Rub.
  4. Smoke away! Once trimmed and seasoned, place the pork directly on the smoker grates. Close the lid and smoke until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F. This process typically takes 2-3 hours.
  5. Rest, slice, and serve: Remove the smoked pork loin from the smoker and let it rest for 10-15 minutes under a foil tent. Slice against the grain and serve warm.
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Quick note: Despite being optional for this cut, if you want to try brining your pork loin, my recipe for Cider Brined Pulled Pork contains an awesome brine that pairs exceptionally well with this roast.

smoked pork loin on a wooden cutting board next to a fork and knife

Cooking Time: Smoking to Perfection

The cooking time for a smoked pork loin can range from 2 to 3 hours. Variables such as smoker type, temperature consistency, and pork loin thickness can influence the cooking duration. To ensure optimal doneness, I recommend using a reliable meat thermometer like the ThermoWorks Mk4 or Smoke 2-Channel Alarm. Smoke your pork loin until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. After that, let it rest for an additional 10-15 minutes under a foil tent for maximum flavor and tenderness.

Discover More Smoked Pork Recipes

If you’re a fan of the incredible flavor that smoking adds to pork, you’re in luck! Check out these mouthwatering smoked pork recipes:

  • Smoked Pork Chops
  • Smoked Pork Ribs
  • Simple Smoked Pork Butt

Try This Smoked Pork Loin Recipe Today!

Now that you have all the information you need, follow this recipe to create your own mouthwatering smoked pork loin. At Hey Grill Hey, we’re dedicated to helping you make better BBQ, impressing your loved ones, and becoming a backyard BBQ hero. For more smoking and grilling recipes, as well as instructional videos, visit our Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ website or connect with us on YouTube, Instagram, or our Facebook Page. Happy smoking!