Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipe

This Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe is an Asian-inspired treatment that is perfect for this lean, flavorful piece of meat.

The tenderloin is the tenderest cut of pork and can be prepared in many ways. This is one of the best!

Slice the tenderloin into thick medallions and serve with steamed rice.

You can make a sauce out of the marinade and drizzle a bit of it over the slices after it has reduced to a syrup.

This a wonderful recipe for special company or an easy weekend supper. Keep the recipe handy and your pantry stocked with spices, you’ll need them often!

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
The tenderloin is marinated and then basted with the same marinade while it grills over hot charcoal and develops a mahogany crust from the charred marinade.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Grilling
Keyword: Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Servings: 8
Calories: 280 kcal
  • 2 pork tenderloins about 1 pound each
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 large cloves garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger peeled and minced
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Whisk together the soy sauce, honey, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, brown sugar, dried minced onion, ground cinnamon, minced garlic, and the minced ginger.

  2. Season the pork tenderloins with the ground black pepper and put them in a large resealable plastic bag. Pour half the marinade over the pork and seal the bag. Reserve the remaining sauce in an airtight container and refrigerate it.

  3. Marinate the tenderloins for about 8 hours, turning them frequently.

  4. Light a charcoal barbeque or heat a gas grill for medium-high heat. Lightly oil the grate.

  5. Drain the pork from the marinade and shake off any excess. Grill the tenderloins for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until they are cooked through. Baste them frequently with the reserved portion of the marinade. Let the cooked meat sit for 5 to 10 minutes before carving into medallions.


Good To Know – Pork tenderloins are easily broiled or roasted because of their small size.

Oven-roast the tenderloins at 400F about 20 minutes, turning once or twice. Take the meat out of the oven before it reaches 160F and let it sit for about 5 minutes – it will reach 160F on its own.

The sauce will darken and form a roasted crust. Add a little water to the baking dish if it starts to burn.

To broil, preheat the oven broiler and line the broiler pan with aluminum foil. Broil the meat, close to the source of heat, turning and basting, about 5 minutes per side. Let the meat sit for a few minutes before slicing.

Food For Thought – For exceedingly tender pork tenderloin, marinate the meat for up to 3 days in the marinade.

The flavors will be even more pronounced, and the meat will have absorbed the tenderizing aspects of the rice wine vinegar. Turn the meat frequently to make sure it is evenly marinated.

Use the marinade to baste the pork whether you grill, roast, broil or saute it.

To make a sauce, reduce it in a small pan, remove it from the heat and whisk in 3 tablespoons of cold unsalted butter.


Enjoy this Grilled Pork Tenderloin recipe.

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