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Marinated and Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Marinated and grilled pork tenderloin is a simple recipe with delicious results. But be careful not to overcook this lean cut or it will be dry. Follow our guide to get this one right.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marinade1 d
Total Time1 d 45 mins
Course: Main Course
Keyword: pork tenderloin
Servings: 4
Calories: 292kcal


  • 1 - 2 pounds pork tenderloin 2 tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


  • Pay attention, there aren't many steps involved in producing the best grilled pork tenderloin. This piece of meat is so tender, it doesn't need a lot of help! Mix all of the marinade ingredients together and pour into a large Ziplock type bag.  Place the tenderloins in the bag and squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing.  Place the bag in the refrigerator and marinade for at least an hour, up to 24 hours.
  • Remove the tenderloins from the marinade about 30 minutes before you are ready to grill and allow to gently warm up on the counter.
  • Heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Now we have a tenderloin that has been soaked in some great flavors, we need to make sure we don't screw it up on the grill!  The key to properly grilling a pork tenderloin is to evenly cook the pork through by grilling each of the four sides.  This cut of pork is tubular, so we want to roll it to each of the four sides while we grill.
  • Once the grill is heated, place the tenderloin on the grill and grill the first side for around 5 minutes (times vary per grill, you are looking for a nice crust to form like shown in the photo, but not too much charring!).
  • After 5 minutes, roll the tenderloin onto the the next side and grill for another 5 minutes.
  • You know the drill now, 5 minutes per side, until an instant thermometer reads around 140 degrees at the middle of the pork tenderloin.
  • Allow the grilled pork tenderloin to rest on a platter for about 10 minutes covered loosely with a piece of aluminum foil before you slice into it. The rest period should get the temperature to just barely a perfect 145 degrees.


Calories: 292kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 1716mg | Potassium: 778mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 37mg | Iron: 3mg