Grilled Pork Tenderloin

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin is perfectly tender, smothered with a sweet and savory homemade barbecue sauce. Simple to make and oh so delicious!

Plate with mashed potatoes, asparagus, and sliced pork tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin is one of my favorite things to make during the summer. I’m always looking for new things to throw on the grill when it’s too hot to cook inside and this savory sweet pork with homemade barbecue sauce is perfect! My sister-in-law Katelyn first introduced me to this pork tenderloin when we were together one summer and we were all hooked. Serve this tender pork with some of our roasted red potatoes and a simple salad and you have a dinner that’s sure to be a winner all summer long!

What Type of Pork to Use for Grilling

We use a pork tenderloin for this recipe, because it’s cheaper than most cuts of meat and grills up beautifully. This recipe would also work great with pork chops too! Slice thicker pork chops in half or get the thinly sliced pork chops. I have found them at Costco and I love them!.

Lately beef has gone WAY up in price so I love that you can get pork as a much cheaper meat alternative. It is a significant difference too; steak can range between six to nine dollars a pound. I can usually find pork for closer to three to four dollars a pound. So if you are wanting to grill on a budget, pork is a great option!

Pork Tenderloin on the Grill

Practice Patience with this Pork

This Grilled Pork Tenderloin is super easy to make but if you want that fall apart texture and sweet flavor you need to give it some time to marinate.

  • About four to six hours before you want to eat, cut the pork tenderloin into one inch thick slices and toss them with some dried rosemary, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Let it sit, covered in the refrigerator, until about 20 minutes before you want to start grilling.
  • Take the pork out of the fridge and let it rest on the counter for about 20 minutes before grilling.
  • Grill on medium indirect heat for about 10 minutes. That means you don’t want the meat directly over the flame. If you have a three-burner grill turn on the two outer burners and grill over the one center burner that isn’t lit.
  • Brush the deliciously sweet barbecue sauce over the pork as it cooks and then again after it’s done.
Bowl of BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin

Sweet Barbecue Glaze

Skip the bottled barbecue sauce and make your own! This simple recipe is easy to make and can be used for so many recipes. Here’s all you need:

  • Soy sauce
  • Ketchup
  • Honey
  • Minced Garlic
  • Frank’s Red Hot Sauce

That’s it! Mix up a batch and brush it all over the pork during and after cooking. You can use this sauce for chicken, ribs, steak, just about anything!

Plate full of pork tenderloin and a side of bbq sauce

More Pork Recipes

Pork is such a delicious option for supper and is really versatile. Try some of our favorite pork recipes:

Plate with mashed potatoes and sliced pork tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

5 from 8 votes
Grilled Pork Tenderloin is perfectly tender, smothered with a sweet and savory homemade barbecue sauce. Simple to make and oh so delicious!
Prep Time 40 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • Outdoor Barbecue Grill


For the BBQ Glaze:


1 hour before cook time:

  • Cut the tenderloin into 8 slices that are 1 inch thickness.
    Uncooked Pork Tenderloin
  • Sprinkle the both sides of each slice of pork generously with garlic, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Cover with Saran and let set in fridge until 20 minutes before cooking. 20 minutes before grilling, let the meat sit at room temperature.
    Seasoned Uncooked Pork Tenderloin
  • Add the glaze ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Use half the sauce for brushing the pork while grilling and the other half as a side when serving.
    Sauce Pan of BBQ Sauce for Pork Tenderloin

Grilling the Tenderloin:

  • Grill meat with Indirect/Medium Heat, meaning if you have a three burner grill, put meat in center and only have the side burners on. Cook for 10 to 12 minutes on each side and glaze each side with the BBQ sauce after turning. Meat is done when internal temp is at least 145℉.
    Close Up of Pork Tenderloin on the Grill
  • Let meat sit for 5 minutes before cutting into it.
    Plate full of pork tenderloin and a side of bbq sauce
  • Serve with remaining glaze on the side.
    Plate with mashed potatoes, asparagus, and sliced pork tenderloin

Nutrition Information

Calories: 224kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 25gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 74mgSodium: 755mgPotassium: 526mgFiber: 1gSugar: 21gVitamin A: 79IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 13mgIron: 1mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. We made this last night for dinner. Had Uncle Ben’s wild rice pouch and cucumbers with onions. It was soooo good, and easy. Will definitely make again!! Thanks for sharing.

  2. 5 stars
    Super easy to make and turned our really delicious! Thanks a lot for sharing this, it’s really helpful! Highly recommended!

  3. 5 stars
    Pork tenderloin is so awesome to feed a family because it’s so economical — and this one looks absolutely delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    This pork tenderloin looks so tender and delicious! What a delicious dinner!