This Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe is an oldie but a goodie. It’s flavorful and couldn’t be easier!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe

This Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe is one of our favorites. Many people feel pork tenderloin has little taste, but with a little marinade time prior to cooking, this lean cut of meat grilled up right will change your mind forever. And forever is a long time.

Begin by marinating the pork tenderloin(s) in a simple concoction of your favorite pork friendly ingredients. Now here’s where I may lose you. We don’t measure for this recipe. Sorry. We kinda ka-gunk, ka-gunk—a couple of splashes of this and a few shakes of that, and a dash or two of something else.

Generally we begin with a little olive oil, balsamic vinegar (or a citrus juice), soy sauce, honey. Then some rosemary (or oregano or basil or whatever herbs are on hand), garlic powder, ground ginger, brown sugar, salt and pepper are added to name a few. Not all of those together, mind you.

Experiment with combinations and proportions that tickle your fancy. That’s the fun part. It is like science class, only tastier! Mix a few ingredients, a little at a time, taste it every now and then and adjust it to your liking. Do NOT taste the marinade after adding the uncooked meat to it. I repeat, do NOT taste the marinade after adding the uncooked meat. Do I need to say that? Yes, yes I feel that I do.

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Once your marinade is ready, add it (if it’s not already in one) to a zip-top plastic bag, along with the pork tenderloin(s) making sure to coat all sides in the bag. Zip the bag up tight, and refrigerate it allowing it to mingle until ready to grill. So easy!

I think you’ll find this Grilled Pork Tenderloin will become a favorite too and one you can add to your weeknight rotation. Happy grilling!

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

What to Serve with Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Yield: Makes 4 servings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

An easy and flavorful way to grill pork tenderloins.


  • 1 pound pork tenderloin(s)
  • marinade of choice (enough to coat tenderloins)


  1. Mix all marinade ingredients in a zip-top plastic bag and add the pork tenderloin(s) making sure to coat all sides.
  2. Seal bag and let marinate, refrigerated, until ready to grill.
  3. When ready to grill, pre-heat the grill to a medium high heat. Place tenderloin(s) on hot grill. Sear 2 minutes, then turn 1/4 (quarter) turn. Repeat every 2 minutes until all sides are browned.
  4. Once all sides are seared, turn heat to low, close grill lid or cover with foil and cook until meat thermometer reads 145-degrees F in the thickest part of the tenderloin (about 10-15 minutes depending on your grill).
  5. Let tenderloin rest for about about 15 minutes before slicing.

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Originally posted May 28, 2010. Updated April 5, 2015.