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13 of the Best Pork Tenderloin Recipes for the Grill

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Pork tenderloin is an affordable, flavorful, and versatile cut of meat. It's perfect for those hectic weeknight dinners and makes plenty of leftovers. It's an ideal "blank canvas" for whatever flavor you want to take center stage.

There are many ways to grill pork tenderloin and turn this subtle meat into an amazing wood-fired meal. Get inspired with this 12 recipe round-up of our favorite and most popular pork tenderloin recipes, including smoked, Asian-style, and even citrus-flavored tenderloin.

Best Pork Tenderloin Recipes for the Grill

Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Give your pork a sweet and smoky kick. These tenderloins are marinated in a sweet honey and thyme mixture, then smoked to perfection over aromatic applewood pellets.

Full Smoked Pork Tenderloin Recipe


Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Herbs

Garlic, herb, and citrus flavors are the perfect complement to this pork cut. Roast the tenderloin over mesquite hardwood for a tender, flavorful finish.

Full Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Garlic and Herbs Recipe


Apricot Pork Tenderloin

Sweet meets smoky with our apricot-glazed pork tenderloin cooked over savory hardwood smoke.

Full Apricot Pork Tenderloin Recipe


Pork with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce

Make this romantic dinner for two in your own backyard: tender, rosemary pork served alongside seared strawberries, drizzled with a reduced balsamic vinegar glaze.

Full Pork with Balsamic Strawberry Sauce Recipe


Grilled Lemon Pepper Pork Tenderloin

Experience the wood-fired difference with this Grilled Lemon Pepper Pork Tenderloin recipe. Tenderloin on a Traeger means you can count on juicy, perfectly cooked pork every time. Add in a zesty lemon pepper marinade, plus pure hardwood flavor, and you’ll be in hog heaven.

Full Grilled Lemon Pepper Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Grilled Lemon Pepper Pork Tenderloin

Kentucky Pork Tenderloin

Inspired by the Bluegrass state, this pork tenderloin marinade features Kentucky’s drink of choice.

Full Kentucky Pork Tenderloin Recipe


Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Traeger Cocoa-Crusted Pork Tenderloin is your new wood-fired weakness, marinated in the bold taste of cocoa, and seared to juicy perfection. They say, “go big or go home”, but we are going big and staying home, with a heaping helping of this on the Traeger tonight.

Full Cocoa Crusted Pork Tenderloin Recipe


Pork Tenderloin

BBQ pork is a perfect main dish for any holiday party. Fire this tender pork & slice it thin to serve a festive crowd.

Full Pork Tenderloin Recipe


Pork Tenderloin with Apple Jelly Glaze

Pig is more than just bacon, this savory apple-glazed pork tenderloin recipe is sauced and grilled in a flash. Serve it up at any sit-down gathering, and let people slice their own thick and juicy servings as large and in charge as they like.

Full Pork Tenderloin with Apple Jelly Glaze Recipe


Bacon Tenderloin Twirls

Grillin' up some goodies for the game? Make these South Carolina double-wrapped pork twists for your fans. If the game's on, it's time to get your meat on.

Full Bacon Tenderloin Twirls Recipe


Grilled Pineapple and Pork Skewers

Freshen up your kabab routine with this pork and pineapple combo by Amanda Haas. Grilled till tender and finished with a honey glaze, these skewers pack a punch.

Full Grilled Pineapple and Pork Skewers Recipe


Asian-Style Pork Tenderloin

Garlic and ginger notes set the stage for the star ingredient: Sambal, a Malaysian condiment that adds a dark, savory flavor to the meaty tenderloin.

Full Asian-Style Pork Tenderloin Recipe


Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu)

Skip the takeout. We’ve teamed up with Traeger Pro Julie Madden and injected our signature wood-fired flavor into the classic Chinese BBQ pork dish of Char Siu.

Full Chinese BBQ Pork (Char Siu) Recipe

Smoked Pork Tenderloin

by Traeger Kitchen

Prep Time

5 Min

Cook Time

1 Hr
30 Min





Give your pork a sweet and smoky kick. This smoked pork tenderloin is marinated in a sweet honey and thyme mixture, and then smoked to perfection over aromatic applewood pellets.

1/2 Cupapple juice
3 Tablespoonhoney, warmed
3 TablespoonTraeger Pork & Poultry Rub
1/4 Cupbrown sugar
2 Tablespoonfresh thyme leaves
1/2 TablespoonBlack pepper
2 (1-1/2 lb) pork tenderloins, silverskin removed
  • 1

    In a large bowl, whisk together the apple juice, honey, Traeger Pork & Poultry Rub, brown sugar, thyme, and black pepper.

  • 2

    Add the pork loins to the bowl with the marinade. Turn the pork to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and transfer to the refrigerator and marinate for 2-3 hours.

  • 3

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 225℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.

  • 4

    Insert the meat thermometer into the center of a tenderloin. Place the tenderloins directly on the grill grates, close the lid, and smoke until the internal temperature reaches 145℉, 1 to 2 hours. (The time will vary depending on the size of the tenderloins, your grill, and the weather.)

  • 5

    Remove the tenderloins from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before serving. Enjoy!

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What should I serve with pork tenderloin?

Your smoked pork tenderloin is the star of your dish, but the supporting cast is important, too. Here are a few of our favorite sides to serve with a classic pork tenderloin.

Master the Pork Tenderloin

Pork Tenderloin pairs well with a variety of flavors and sides. But nothing beats a smoked tenderloin. Learn where pork tenderloin comes from, how to season it, and how to make delicious smoked tenderloin.