This simple grilled pork tenderloin recipe is a no-nonsense recipe designed to quickly get a meal of nutritious pork tenderloins on your table! No marinating, no special techniques, just a quick seasoning and on the grill to cook!
We love making grilled pork tenderloin because:
- Pork tenderloins are a certified lean cut of pork – they’re healthy for your heart!
- Pork tenderloins are tender (the name fits!) and quite tasty.
- Making a grilled pork tenderloin is fast – dinner is ready in about 25 minutes.
- Pork tenderloins are a versatile cut of meat that can be seasoned in many ways to fit your flavor preferences.
- Pork tenderloins from LGCM weigh about .75# each – enough food for 2 people, so it’s easy to cook as many or as few as you need to feed your group.
This recipe is our best way to make a simple but tasty grilled pork tenderloin to enjoy at home with minimal effort!
Since this is a simple grilled pork tenderloin recipe, you should be able to scroll down to the recipe to get started cooking without any challenges.
However, if you’d like to learn more about pork tenderloins, or discover more ideas on how to cook pork tenderloins, we’ve put together more information for you. Check out these frequently asked questions and then head off to your grill!
What should I look for when I buy pork tenderloins for this recipe?
Since this grilled pork tenderloin recipe doesn’t have a ton of seasoning to cover up the pork, you want to make sure you’re buying good quality pork for this recipe. Here are our tips on what to look for when buying pork tenderloin:
- Pork tenderloins should be trimmed of visible fat on the exterior. This is how we cut them at LGCM, however, at other stores, you’ll buy them with the fat still on. This fat should be cleaned off before grilling!
- Your pork should be a fresh, bright pink color and should lack any type of strong smell. A dull color or strong odor could indicate the meat is not safe to eat.
- Finally, your pork should have a slightly firm texture when you push on it. Mushy pork is an indicator of sub-par feeding practices that could lead to less desirable eating qualities in the pork.
Do I need to marinate these grilled pork tenderloins?
No, this simple grilled pork tenderloin recipe is not meant to be marinated. While marinades can add more flavor, they are not necessary to make your pork tender or flavorful.
If you do want to marinate your pork tenderloins, that’s great, you can still follow this recipe with a marinated pork tenderloin. To make marinated grilled pork tenderloins, just follow these steps:
- Add your pork tenderloins to a large, sealable plastic bag.
- Add your favorite marinade (store-bought or homemade) to the bag until the pork tenderloins are covered.
- Seal the bag, then work the marinade into the pork, and let it rest at room temperature while you get the grill ready.
- As soon as your grill is ready, take the pork tenderloins out of the marinade, shake any excess sauce off, and get grilling. Discard the leftover marinade.
You don’t need to let the meat marinate for an extended period of time, as flavor doesn’t work deep into the meat. Marinating is a surface treatment, so a quick bath can help grilled pork tenderloin have more flavor and juiciness!
If you’d like to learn more about marinating and why you don’t need to marinate meat for extended periods of time, we recommend this article from AmazingRibs.com entitled “Marinade Myths and How to Add Flavor More Effectively.”
Does this recipe work with LGCM’s marinated pork tenderloins?
Thanks for thinking of our pre-marinated pork tenderloins! We do have four flavors of ready-to-cook marinated pork tenderloins that work perfectly in this recipe. Here are the flavors:
- Butter Garlic
- Mandarin Teriyaki
- Smoky Apple
To use our Lake Geneva Country Meats marinated pork tenderloins in this recipe, all you need to do is take them out of the bag and put them on the grill. It doesn’t get simpler than that – perfectly seasoned grilled pork tenderloin with no work!
What’s your go-to simple grilled pork tenderloin seasoning?
Salt and pepper.
Yep, that’s it. Kosher salt and fresh-ground black pepper.
You can use any other rub you like, but we think good quality pork tastes just fine with only salt and pepper. If you want to add more flavor, here are a few suggestions for rubs:
- Barbecue rubs are a delightful option for pork tenderloin.
- Mediterranean herb rubs are a classic way to season pork tenderloin.
- Smoky chipotle or southwestern rubs are easy to find and taste great on pork tenderloin too!
- And don’t forget Chinese five spice or garam masala rubs to make stir-fry seasoned grilled pork tenderloin.
How do I set up my grill to ensure my pork tenderloin isn’t overcooked?
We recommend cooking your pork tenderloins over direct, medium-high heat on either a charcoal or gas grill. We do like the extra flavor that charcoal can bring to a recipe, but it’s hard to beat the convenience of gas!
Make sure your grill grates are clean and hot before adding the pork to the grill; otherwise, the pork tenderloin will stick as it grills. That’s not something we want!
If you want slightly juicier pork, you can do a two-zone grill cooking setup, and cook your pork tenderloin over indirect heat for 15 minutes before searing on each side, but we think you can skip the reverse-sear and still have delicious results.
Do you have other pork tenderloin recipes?
We have a ton of pork tenderloin recipes! You can find all of our recipes ranging from sheet pan pork tenderloin recipes to more grilled pork tenderloin recipes by clicking here to visit our pork tenderloin recipe page.
While this is an easy recipe, we didn’t want to short you on the background information. We hope we answered any questions you may have about pork tenderloins. If we didn’t, leave us a comment below, and we’ll get back to you.
Now it’s time to get cooking grilled pork tenderloin. If you make this recipe, feel free to leave a rating and share how you feel about it with your fellow pork lovers!
See you soon at Lake Geneva Country Meats!
- 2 LGCM Pork Tenderloins (about 3/4# each)
- 2 tsp Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp Black Pepper
Season the pork tenderloins with salt and pepper on all sides. Set your grill to cook on medium-high heat (400ºF) and once the grill is hot, place the pork tenderloins directly over the heat.
Grill for about 4 – 5 minutes per side flipping occasionally until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF on a meat thermometer. Once the pork is cooked, remove it from the grill, and let rest on a cutting board for 5 minutes.
After resting, cut the pork into slices and serve with rice, potatoes, or any other desired meal. Enjoy!