Summer may be gone, but summer staple barbeque dishes can be enjoyed year-round! Long summer days peppered with backyard barbeques are the absolute best. However, even as the days get shorter, barbeque flavor never fades. After all, ending the day in the company of friends, family, and Smoked Pork Tenderloin is the perfect plan regardless of the season!
When I hear someone say barbeque, the first thought that pops into my mind is “pork tenderloin!” For me, barbeques are incomplete without a perfectly smoked pork tenderloin. The very first time I’d had this Northwest style BBQ staple was way back in childhood, with my dad manning the grill. It was by and far, the best pork tenderloin I’d ever had! Moist, tender, delectable, and just the right hint of pepper. An absolute flavor bomb! Needless to say, I fell in love with this delicious pork tenderloin after the first bite!
That was then, this is …
Now as an adult, I decided I must try mastering the recipe myself. With memories of my childhood smoked pork tenderloin, I gave my first try at cooking the most perfect BBQ pork tenderloin, but somehow, it didn’t taste like what it did back then. After a couple of repeated failed attempts, I took it up as a challenge to learn and master this pork tenderloin recipe. It took me a lot of time to know exactly what I need to do to make sure the recipe is perfect. However, once I nailed the basics, I was free to experiment and add a touch of my own to the recipe. I’m more than delighted to share these tips and tricks with all of you!
While all of us know what pork tenderloin is, we do have our own variations when it comes to prepping it. We’ll add our own twists to the recipe to make sure the pork tenderloin is true to our taste preferences. I too, have my own tenderloin recipe – one that’s not just a personal favorite, but is an absolute hit among friends and family too! Let’s find out more:
The Northwest Style Smoked Pork Tenderloin
The best part about my smoked pork tenderloin recipe is that it’s super easy to prepare and you can make it from scratch with minimum time and effort. All that is required is a bunch of fresh ingredients in hand to prepare the pork tenderloin marinade. Within a couple of steps, you’ll have your juicy, perfectly smoked tenderloin ready in no time!
As I embark on my mission to put Northwest style barbeque on the map, all my recipes start with locally sourced ingredients. So don’t be surprised if you find a bunch of Northwest ingredients in this pork tenderloin recipe. In Northwest style barbeque, the recipes are all about blending fresh ingredients to create bold flavors. Don’t forget the smoke, which instantly takes the flavor of any Northwest BBQ dish a notch higher!
Ingredients That go Into This Delicious Pork Tenderloin Recipe
I like to keep my recipes simple, easy to understand and quick to prepare. The same goes for this pork tenderloin recipe! All you require are a couple of ingredients from your kitchen cabinet to prepare the seasoning – olive oil, black pepper, garlic powder, salt and the main ingredient – pork tenderloin!
This is one of the easiest pork tenderloin recipes, and in a couple of steps, you’ll have the most delicious Northwest style BBQ pork tenderloin ready in no time. Here are some things you need to consider before preparing smoked pork tenderloin:
Things to Keep in Mind When Preparing This Recipe
Temperature is an important factor when it comes to cooking pork tenderloin to perfection. You really don’t want to end up with a dry tenderloin that’s more chew than tender! As I mentioned before, I’ve spent quite some time mastering this pork tenderloin BBQ recipe. If there’s one lesson I’ve learned, it’s that proper temperature control while smoking is imperative in getting a perfect pork tenderloin.
Personally, I rely on the Inkbird Grill Meat Thermometer to monitor the temperature through the barbeque session, so that you end up with meat that’s grilled to perfection. The thermometer can be connected to your phone via WiFi so that you can keep a constant eye on the meat, as it’s cooking slowly on the pellet grill.
The next important aspect is to pick the right pork tenderloin. If your meat isn’t right, no matter how well you cook it, it’s not going to turn out tender. So when buying your meat, look for a pork tenderloin that is pinkish-red in color, with some marbling in the meat. The marbling indicates the presence of fat, and fat always enhances the inherent flavor of the meat. Steer clear from pale meat or meat with dark spots on it.
Now that we’re clear about the important aspects to consider when preparing this delicious recipe, let’s quickly run through the easy-peasy recipe to the lip-smacking pork tenderloin:
How to Make a Delicious Pork Tenderloin
In a small mixing bowl combine the seasonings with the olive oil. Mix until it resembles a paste.
Pour the seasoning paste over the pork tenderloin in a Ziplock bag, massaging the paste into the entire surface of the tenderloin. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
When ready to cook, remove it from the refrigerator. Start the grill and set the heat to 350 degrees. Cook the tenderloin for about 10 minutes and then flip, cooking another 10 minutes, or until the thermometer reads 140 degrees. Remove from the grill and rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
There it is, I told you this recipe is an absolute breeze! The next time you’re hosting friends or family over for a barbeque, you know what to prepare, Northwest style BBQ smoked pork tenderloin! I hope you enjoy it. If you end up cooking this recipe, please comment below and let me know what you think!
Smoked Pork Tenderloin
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp black pepper
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
- In a small mixing bowl add the seasonings with the olive oil. Mix until it resembles a paste.
- Pour the seasoning paste over the pork tenderloin in a ziplock bag, massaging the paste into the entire surface of the tenderloin. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours.
- When ready to cook remove from the refrigerator. Start the grill and set the heat to 350 degrees. Cook the tenderloin for about 10 minutes and then flip, cooking another 10 minutes, or until the thermometer reads 140 degrees. Remove from the grill and rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Sides to Pair with Smoked Pork Tenderloin
- BBQ Asparagus – simple, sweet, and tangy side dish perfect for that late spring and early summer BBQ
- Spicy Smoked Veggies – they are hot, you’ve been warned!
- 5 Ingredient Smoked Carrots – the easiest BBQ side dish around!
Cocktails to Pair with Smoked Pork Tenderloin
- The Dirty Shirley – a quick and easy crowd-pleaser.
- Peach Cilantro Mojito – perfect for any summer barbeque.
- Hurricane – only for the brave who plan on sticking around for a while or getting a ride home!
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