Nothing beats a well cooked pork tenderloin in my household. One of the best things about pork tenderloin is just how absolutely versatile the cut is. You can marinate over night, as is done in this recipe, or you can season it and throw it right on the grill. When cooked right, the results are juicy and tender. Read on to learn how to make a smokey Lime and Cilantro Pork Tenderloin!
One of the best things about this recipe is how simple it is. Combine all the dry ingredients, rub olive oil all over your tenderloin, then add the seasoning mix. Place the tenderloin into a seal-able container, then squeeze the lime juice on and drop in the cilantro. You want to be sure that the seasoning is as evenly spread over the tenderloin as possible. Once everything is on the tenderloin, seal and place in refrigerator for 12-24 hours.
When you’re ready to cook your tenderloin, remove from the fridge and bring to room temperature. Start your smoker following the manufacturers guidelines and bring to 350 degrees. Once the smoker is ready place the tenderloin on the grill. After 10 minutes flip the tenderloin and smoke another 15 minutes. After the cook time has passed check the internal temperature to be sure the desired temperature has been achieved (145 degrees for this particular cut). If you have not reached 150 degrees, continue cooking and checking roughly every 5 minutes until it reaches 145 degrees. Once the internal temperature reaches 145 remove the tenderloin from the smoker and let rest 10 minutes before slicing (this is a great opportunity to mix a cocktail!).
When cooking meat on a grill one of the most important things to consider is evenly cooking the meat. You can do this by figuring the total cook time (roughly 30 minutes for this recipe) and being sure to flip halfway through the cook time.
- 1 pork tenderloin
- 3 tablespoons cilantro
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1.5 tablespoons paprika
- 1 tablespoon cumin
- 1 tablespoon corriander
- juice lime
- salt & pepper to taste
- Rub olive oil over tenderloin
- In a small mixing bowl combine all dry ingredients
- Rub dry ingredients over tenderloin
- Place tenderloin in an air tight container
- Juice lime over tenderloin
- Sprinkle cilantro over tenderloin
- Cover tenderloin and let sit in refrigerator over night or up to 24 hours
- When ready to cook remove from refrigerator and bring to room temperature
- Start smoker following manufacturers recommendation and bring heat to 350 degrees
- When smoker is ready, place tenderloin in smoker and cook 10-15 minutes before flipping
- Continue to cook until total time reaches 25-30 minutes, or until internal temperature is 145 degrees
- When desired temperature is achieved removed tenderloin from smoker and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing