BBQ Pork Tenderloin

pork tenderloin

Spring is here and it’s time to start grilling again. We’ve actually been grilling on and off all winter since it’s so warm here in Florida. We love doing grilled wings on the weekends.

They make the perfect food for watching the game or Sunday afternoon movies. This past Sunday though I wanted to make something a little different, so I decided to grill up a couple of pork tenderloins.

I usually keep my BBQ sauce on ribs, but I thought why not enjoy all those delicious BBQ seasonings on some lean pork tenderloin instead of fatty ribs. So I seasoned my pork loin similarly to the way I do ribs, and then smothered it in my favorite BBQ sauce.

First I used a dry rub with lots of smoky paprika and smoky cumin with a few other spices. Here I have 2 pork tenderloins, but the recipe I wrote for 1 pork tenderloin. I always make way too much food, we love leftovers!

raw pork

Then I just place it on the hot grill.

pork on grill

And turn it just once.

flipped pork

Then smother it in BBQ sauce.

pork smothered with bbq sauce

This recipe can also be done in your oven instead of the grill. Just place the pork tenderloin on a roasting or cooking rack over a sheet pan in your oven.

I served this pork tenderloin with kale and baked sweet potatoes. It made a beautiful Sunday dinner.

two tenderloins

recipe photo

Yield: Serves 8

BBQ Pork Tenderloin

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1 pork tenderloins (about 2 pounds)
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 cup BBQ Sauce


Heat grill to 375° - 400°. Pat pork tenderloin dry. Combine all dry spices and and sprinkle and rub over pork tenderloin. Spray pork tenderloin with non-stick cooking spray and place on hot grill.

Grill tenderloin, turning once during the cooking process. When pork tenderloin is almost done, bast with BBQ sauce. Cook until internal temperature has reached 145°, and the outside of the tenderloin has good grill marks.

Let pork tenderloin rest for 5 - 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

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  20 Responses to “BBQ Pork Tenderloin”

  1. Tara @ Unsophisticook — April 11, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    We grill out pretty much year round, but I’ve never tried grilling a pork loin. I think a grocery run is in order!

  2. Paula - bell'alimento — April 11, 2013 @ 11:30 am

    I love a good pork loin! Bring on the bbq!

  3. Heather | Farmgirl Gourmet — April 11, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    Is it bad that I just drooled a little? 🙂 I am pining for weather nice enough to dust off the bbq. That pork loin looks amazing.

  4. Tanya — April 11, 2013 @ 1:11 pm

    Looks delicious! I think I’m going to have to fire up my grill this weekend.

  5. Anonymous — April 11, 2013 @ 1:20 pm

    How long do you grill it for? I always dry my pork out!

    • Angie McGowan — April 11, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

      It depends on the exact thickness and exactly how hot your fire is, I just use a thermometer and remove it right at 145°. I do go a little more rare sometimes, right around 135 – 140, but that’s not “per food safety guidelines”. 145 is the safe minimum, it use to be 160, but that’s really dry to me

  6. Belinda @zomppa — April 11, 2013 @ 7:43 pm

    You just brought summer heat on!! I think I could put this one away pretty easily.

  7. I love how juicy these pork loins are. Definitely drool-worthy.

  8. [email protected] — April 12, 2013 @ 9:35 am

    This is my kind of dinner! Swoon….

  9. We just can’t keep the snow off of our grill. :/ I am so looking forward to a real spring around here…and making this fabulous looking pork loin!

  10. Cassie | Bake Your Day — April 16, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    We love BBQ anything. The pork loin sounds fabulous!

  11. weber gas bbq — May 13, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Thanks so much for this, can’t wait to try it out over the weekend! Yummy!

  12. Missy — May 21, 2013 @ 12:13 am

    This was so yummy, we loved it. The rub really made it wonderful!

  13. Carrie — May 25, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    If you’re worried about the pork drying out, you can wrap it with raw bacon and secure with toothpicks. The bacon will cook along with the pork and the fat will keep your tenderloin moist.

  14. Prabhu Tharmarajan — April 11, 2015 @ 8:20 am

    Awesome! I think I’m going to have to fire up my grill this today.

  15. Kendrick — November 21, 2016 @ 4:30 pm

    I just found this recipe on Google.
    It looks so delicious and so easy to make.
    I am going to try to cook it tomorrow.
    Thank You!

  16. Marcie — August 7, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

    What if no grill is available? Do you then broil it and if so, for how long?

  17. Anna — May 18, 2018 @ 3:02 am

    I love spicy food so it is ok to add more chili? I will try this out at weekend for my friends to “taste”. Thanks again for your recipe.

  18. Jane — May 18, 2018 @ 3:04 am

    Awesome to try out at party. Specially, this can be “sweet” to have party at weekend with this recipe.

  19. Kris — May 21, 2018 @ 6:51 pm

    It’s on the grill as I type….. Hopefully it will be as good as the recipe makes it sound!

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