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Grilled Pork Tenderloin was a well-intentioned attempt to break out of our weeknight dinner rut. But here’s the thing: when you grill juicy, perfect pork tenderloin, it’s all you crave multiple nights in a row!

grilled pork tenderloin on a plate

A maple-mustard marinade that takes seconds to stir together infuses the pork with robust flavor, tenderizes it, and helps it to maintain juiciness.

With a taste that’s tantalizing, it’s worthy of a dinner party (unless it’s raining, and then you can serve this sassy Stuffed Pork Tenderloin instead).

Pork tenderloin is also FAST.

  • Unlike tougher cuts of pork that need low and slow cooking (like this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork), pork tenderloin does not become more tender the longer it cooks.
  • Pork tenderloin cooks in 12 to 15 minutes on a gas grill or charcoal grill over medium heat (about 350 degrees F).

That kind of speed—and the fact that you can marinate pork tenderloin up to one day in advance—makes it ideal for quick-and-easy weeknight meals.

juicy grilled pork tenderloin slices on a plate with pasta salad

How to Grill Pork Tenderloin

This grilled pork tenderloin is one of those fairytale recipes in which incredibly simple prep yields gloriously tasty results.

The three most important factors to ensure you cook perfect, juicy grilled pork tenderloin are:

  • DO NOT SKIP THE MARINADE. Yes, all caps, bold font. The marinade isn’t just for flavor. The acid in the marinade tenderizes the pork. The salt in the marinade is how you keep pork tenderloin from drying out on the grill. (Check out this post on Grilled Chicken Breast for more information on the importance of salting meat prior to cooking it.)
  • DO NOT OVERCOOK THE PORK. Yep, it’s that bossy all-caps again! Pork loin will not become more tender the longer you cook it. Once you overcook, it’s game over. (This Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin has gravy to cover your mistakes, but not every pork recipe will bail you out this way.)
  • Let the Meat Rest. Resting gives the juices time to reincorporate into the meat. If you cut the pork right away, all of those yummy, critical juices will run all over the plate, instead of back into your pork. This step is for all pork cooking methods, whether you’re grilling it or making Baked Pork Tenderloin or Air Fryer Pork Tenderloin.
grilled pork tenderloin with marinade on a plate

How to Know When Pork Is Done

  • The best way to know if meat is cooked properly is to use an instant read thermometer.
  • The FDA considers pork safe to eat at 145 degrees F. That said, the pork’s temperature will continue to rise as it rests.
  • I typically pull my pork tenderloin off of the heat once it reaches 135 degrees F. After 10 minutes of resting, it gives me perfect, juicy pork every time. I’ve never had it come out underdone.

The Ingredients

  • Pork Tenderloin. If you are new to pork tenderloin, I highly recommend it. It’s an incredibly lean cut of meat and, while I do love my chicken recipes, it’s a refreshing alternative that’s still healthy.

Market Swap

While the cooking times and temperatures in this recipe are geared toward pork tenderloin, the marinade is versatile. You can use it for any of your favorite meat proteins, from Grilled Chicken Tenders to Grilled Pork Chops.

Grilled Maple Mustard Pork Tenderloin on a plate
  • Maple Syrup + Dijon Mustard. These two ingredients star in our grilled pork tenderloin marinade. The mustard is zippy, the maple is sweet, and together they make for a succulent grilled pork tenderloin marinade.

Tip!

For another stellar recipe with an easy maple syrup and Dijon mustard glaze, check out the 5-Ingredient Salmon in my cookbook. It’s the recipe I cook for dinner most!

  • Apple Cider Vinegar. This acidic component does double duty. It balances the sweetness of the maple syrup and works to tenderize the pork.
  • Garlic. Is there any grilled meat garlic doesn’t make better?
  • Salt + Pepper. Season, season, season your meat to ensure the flavor carries all the way through, not just the outside.

The Directions

grilled pork tenderloin marinade in a measuring cup
  1. Mix the marinade ingredients.
pork tenderloin marinading in a ziptop bag
  1. Place the tenderloin in a ziptop bag with the marinade. Refrigerate pork for 2 hours up or up to 1 day.
perfect pork tenderloin on a gas grill
  1. Let the pork come to room temperature. Preheat the grill to medium. The best temperature to grill pork tenderloin is 350 to 375 degrees F.
pork tenderloin on gas grill
  1. Grill until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 135 degrees F on an instant read thermometer, flipping once halfway through. Twelve to 15 minutes is how long it takes to grill pork tenderloin.
maple dijon pork tenderloin marinade on a plate
  1. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

Serving Grilled Pork Tenderloin

When I’m hosting a party, I like to cut the meat into thick slices, then arrange the grilled pork tenderloin medallions on a serving platter and sprinkle on fresh herbs.

It looks gorgeous and you can bring it right to the table and let guests help themselves.

For simple weeknight meals, we let the pork rest on a cutting board, slice it up, then serve ourselves directly from there.

perfect grilled pork tenderloin on a plate

What to Serve with Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloin on the grill is lean and versatile! If you can brave the elements, you can grill pork tenderloin (or smoke it using my Smoked Pork Tenderloin recipe) year-round.

Here are a few ideas of what to serve with it:

Storage Tips

  • To Store. Refrigerate pork in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • To Reheat. Gently rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F. In a pinch, the pork can also be reheated in the microwave. 
  • To Freeze. Freeze pork in an airtight, freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Leftover Ideas

Thinly slice leftover pork and add it to Air Fryer Grilled Cheese, or dice it finely and turn it into a Pork Quesadilla.

More Delicious Pork Recipes

  • Tongs. These are perfect for grilling pork tenderloin. The locking feature is ideal for staying organized in a drawer.
  • Measuring Cups. Very durable and sturdy, and dishwasher-safe.

I challenge you to step out of your weeknight dinner rut and try grilled pork tenderloin!

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I Wrap My Pork Tenderloin in Foil When Grilling?

No, you do not need to wrap your pork tenderloin in foil when grilling. While you can grill pork tenderloin in foil if you prefer, I find that the pork is typically more flavorful when it’s placed directly on the grill grates.

Why is My Pork Tenderloin Tough?

If your pork tenderloin turns out tough or chewy, it’s likely because it was overcooked. While the marinade in this recipe works to combat dry meat, pork tenderloin can still easily go from juicy to tough when overcooked. Make sure to check your pork tenderloin with a meat thermometer to ensure it’s cooked to the perfect temperature.

Do You Flip Pork Tenderloin when Grilling?

Yes, you should flip the pork tenderloin once during cooking. This ensures that both sides of the pork have those beautiful grill marks and smoky flavor.

How Else Can I Season Grilled Pork Tenderloin?

If you’d like to experiment with a different marinade, try the honey soy sauce one from my Chicken Thigh Marinade recipe or my bright and refreshing Orange Chicken Marinade. You could also add a brown sugar pork rub (like the one in my Instant Pot Ribs recipe) and top the pork with Barbecue Sauce.

Can I Use Garlic Powder instead of Fresh Garlic?

Fresh garlic is my first choice for this recipe, but you can swap garlic powder in a pinch. Swap 1/2 teaspoon for the 3 cloves of garlic.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

4.64 from 160 votes
This perfect grilled pork tenderloin recipe cooks in minutes. A maple mustard marinade infuses the tender pork for juicy, robust flavor!

Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 2 hours 25 minutes

Servings: 4 people

Ingredients
  


Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, whisk together the garlic, apple cider vinegar, mustard, maple syrup, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Pour the marinade in a large, sturdy ziptop bag.
  • Cut away the silver skin from the pork tenderloin. Trim away any large pieces of excess fat. Place pork in the bag with marinade and seal it tightly, “squishing” the bag so that the pork is coated on all sides.
  • Place the bag in a baking dish or on a plate to catch any drips. Refrigerate to marinate for 2 hours or up to 1 day, turning occasionally. Let stand at room temperature 30 minutes prior to grilling.
  • When ready to cook, preheat the grill to medium (about 350 degrees F). Make sure the grates are very clean. Remove the pork from the marinade, shaking off any excess. Discard the marinade and bag. Place the pork on the grill and cover.
  • Cook until the pork reaches 135 degrees F on an instant read thermometer, about 12 to 15 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
  • Remove the tenderloin to a plate, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. Enjoy!

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Notes

  • Note: Nutritional information has been calculated without the marinade, as most of the marinade is discarded. Nutritional information is calculated only as a courtesy. To calculate in further detail, use an online resource such as myfitnesspal.com.
  • TO STORE. Refrigerate pork in an airtight storage container for up to 3 days.
  • TO REHEAT. Gently rewarm leftovers on a baking sheet in the oven at 350 degrees F. In a pinch, the pork can also be reheated in the microwave. 
  • TO FREEZE. Freeze pork in an airtight freezer-safe storage container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

Nutrition

Serving: 1of 4Calories: 544kcalProtein: 94gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 295mgPotassium: 1782mgVitamin A: 9IUCalcium: 27mgIron: 4mg

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  1. Wonderful. Rotation type recipe. The Weber grill is so trustworthy and takes a lot of the guess work out of charcoal grilling.. Direct heat 6 minutes per side, uncovered, and it was perfect.5 stars

    1. I liked it but I think I’ll cut the apple cider vinegar down to a couple tablespoons. Ever since Covid I have extreme tastes and smells. Sadly, I got nothing but the vinegar from the pork. My guy loved it tho!

      1. I’m sorry to hear the recipe wasn’t to your taste. I know it’s disappointing to try a new recipe and not enjoy it. I (and many other readers) have enjoyed it, so I really wish they would’ve been a hit for you too!

  2. This was the best pork tenderloin recipe we have ever hadl!!! We can’t wait to have it again. Thanks for another awesome recipe Erin. 😄5 stars

    1. Hi Anita! I have not tried that. If you decide to experiment, I’d love to know how it goes! Enjoy!

  3. Wife not much of a vinegar person, but we gave it a try. Ingredients blended beautifully and imparted wonderful flavor after 5-6 hrs marinating. She (and I) loved it even with a bit of an overcook (new thermometer reads a bit low). Will be cooking this again! Thanks Erin!5 stars

  4. That pork sounds so good I’m making one on the grill now I’ll let you know how good it is later thanks

  5. Absolutely the best grilled pork tenderloin recipe! The marinade was spot-on! We are making this again this weekend for friends. We are serving it with potato pancakes and braised spinach. Thank you!5 stars

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you had trouble with the recipe, Sean. The timing has worked well for myself (and others) so I wished it would have been a hit for you too! I know it can be so disappointing to try a new recipe and it does not turn out for you.

  6. The tenderloin was delicious. The marinade really tasty.
    My 3 grandsons devoured it. I doubled the recipe, there were no leftovers.

  7. Absolutely Delicious!!!!
    First time I’ve ever grilled a pork tenderloin on the grill and it couldn’t have been any easier. Can’t wait to make it again 😀5 stars

  8. I shouldn’t have to read a blog just to get to the recipe, it’s nice to have that jump to recipe option! ✨ Thanks

    1. Hi RJ! The nutritional information is not always completely accurate and can vary depending on ingredients and brands of ingredients used. When in doubt I would double check with a free source like myfitnesspal.com. Hope this helps!

  9. A great holiday meal that was very easy and delicious. Will be adding it to my monthly rotations. Great as leftovers too!5 stars

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