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Grilled Pork Tenderloin

This may just be the best grilled pork recipe you'll ever try. And you will love the herb butter on top!
Course Main Course, Marinade
Cuisine American
Keyword Grilled pork tenderloin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Marinate time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 315kcal
Author Ang Paris

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds of pork tenderloin

Marinade:

  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ¼ cup avocado or olive oil
  • Fresh herbs we used rosemary, thyme and sage
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Red pepper flake to preference

For the herb butter:

  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ teaspoon powdered garlic
  • Fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to preference

Instructions

  • Combine the marinade ingredients together in an airtight container or ziplock bag, add the pork tenderloins and fully coat the meat. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours.
  • When you are ready to cook, turn on the grill to medium high heat.
  • Once the grill has reached temperature you can add the meat and brown on all sides.
  • Reduce the heat to medium and continue cooking until the meat hits 145 degrees F. We used a probe thermometer that can be left in the grill while cooking.
  • This took about 20-25 minutes total for the slightly larger piece that we had. Where all grills heat differently and the meat will be different sizes and thicknesses you’ll want to keep a close eye on that temperature to ensure the meat isn’t over or under done.
  • While the meat is cooking you can mix up the butter and herb topping. You will not want to put this on the meat while it is on the grill as it will likely make your grill smoke, a lot. Save this and put it on the meat as soon as you slice it.
  • Once the meat has hit 145 you can remove from the grill, wrap in tinfoil and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  • Slice, add the herb butter and enjoy!

Notes

Frequently Asked Questions about Grilling Pork Tenderloin

Here are some commonly asked questions about pork tenderloin on how to cook it on the grill.

How long is pork tenderloin good in the fridge?

Fresh pork tenderloin should be cooked or frozen after 2-3 days in the refrigerator. It will last up to 6 months in the freezer.

How long should you marinate pork?

For the best flavor, marinate the pork tenderloin for at least 1 hour, and as much as 24 hours.

Do you have to remove the silverskin from pork tenderloin?

Yes, it is best to remove the silverskin as that will not 'melt' on the grill like fat will. The silverskin also makes it more difficult for the flavors to penetrate the pork. Use a sharp paring knife and slice through it at an angle. It comes off pretty easily.

How long do you grill pork tenderloin?

For the best grilled pork tenderloin, cook it for 20-25 minutes. Fresh pork should always be cooked to an internal temperature of 145-degrees F according to FoodSafety.gov. Remember you always want to allow your pork to rest for three minutes. I highly recommend using a meat thermometer.

Can you eat pink pork tenderloin?

The USDA has revised cooking temperature recommendations for pork. Previously, the recommendation was 160-degrees F and no pink. However, they now say that as long as you have cooked your meat to an internal temperature of 145-degrees F, a little pink in the pork is fine.

How do you keep pork moist?

Once your pork has reached 145-degrees F, place it on a sheet of tinfoil. Add the herb butter on top and then wrap it up. Allow the meat to rest and the juices to redistribute through the meat before cutting.

Nutrition

Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 612mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 179IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 2mg