Pork tenderloin, the most tender cut of pork, is great for entertaining because it’s hard to mess up. Marinated and grilled, this recipe produces meat that is tender, juicy and flavorful. The orange juice/zest, Worcestershire sauce, garlic and barbecue sauce combination creates a unique marinade and tastes nothing like plain ol’ barbecue sauce. I served the pork with mashed sweet potatoes (seasoned with butter and green onions) and green beans. Delicious!
Speaking of barbecue sauce, you’ll want to use a good quality brand for this recipe. I used Trader Joe’s Bold & Smoky Kansas City Style Barbecue Sauce (D.L. Jardine’s brand is another one I like).
After basting the tenderloins with the marinade, it’s a good idea to cook the pork on all sides for a few minutes to caramelize the sauce (since the raw pork was sitting in the marinade). Enjoy!
Backyard Barbecued Pork Tenderloin
-recipe from Sara Foster’s Casual Cooking: More Fresh Simple Recipes From Foster’s Market
This pork tenderloin is a standard special at the Market. It’s so tender that you can cut it without a knife, so it makes the perfect hot entree to serve to guests who will be eating standing up. Our catering customers often request it sliced so they can serve it with dinner rolls or biscuits as an alternative to ham sandwiches. Serves 4 to 6.
2 1-pound pork tenderloins
For the marinade
1 cup spicy barbecue sauce
Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
Whisk the barbecue sauce, orange zest and juice, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and red pepper flakes together in a small bowl. Trim the fat and sinew from the tenderloins, rinse them, and pat dry. Place the tenderloins in a shallow glass bowl or in a large sealable bag. Pour the marinade over the tenderloins and turn the pork to coat the tenderloins. Cover the bowl and marinate the park for 30 minutes at room temperature or up to overnight in the refrigerator.
Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal or gas grill.
Remove the tenderloins from the marinade and season on all sides with salt and pepper. Grill the tenderloins for about 15 minutes, basting with the marinade while cooking and turning them to cook all four sides. Move the tenderloins to the side of the grill, close the grill or cover the tenderloins with foil, and cook and baste for another 10 to 15 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the tenderloins reads 145 degrees F for medium (longer, or until the thermometer reads 160 degrees F, for medium-well pork). Let the tenderloins rest for about 5 minutes before slicing.
Thinly slice the tenderloin and divide the slices evenly among four plates.
Note: Be careful not to overcook pork tenderloin. A perfectly cooked tenderloin may look a little pink in the center when you take if off the grill, but it’ll be moist and juicy after it’s rested for a few minutes do don’t be tempted to cut into it immediately.