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Grilled Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Spice Rubbed Pork Tenderloin

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Pork
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue-pork-recipes, grilled-pork-tenderloin, spice-rubbed-pork
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Resting time 10 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 308kcal
Author Melissa Sperka


  • 3 lb pork tenderloin (Packages typically come with 2 at about 1 ½lbs/each)
  • Spice paste rub:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoon lime or lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dark chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dry oregano
  • ½ teaspoon ground chipotle or ancho pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon cocoa powder
  • prepared Chipotle Peach Barbecue Sauce OR your favorite sauce


  • Place all of the paste rub ingredients into a small mixing bowl. Mixing to form ta paste.
  • Rub on all sides of the pork tenderloin, then cover with plastic wrap, and place into the refrigerator. Marinate the tenderloin at least 6 hours or overnight.
  • Remove from the fridge around 20 minutes prior to grilling to allow the meat to warm to room temperature.
  • Seer the tenderloin over high heat for 2 minutes on all 4 sides.
  • Continue to cook on the widest side for 6-8 minutes each depending on the thickness of the tenderloin. Adjust the cooking time as needed based on thickness. The tenderloin pictured were approximately 2 ½-3 inches at their thickest. The general recommendation is to cook whole pork [not ground] to an internal temperature of at least 145°F or to medium rare.
  • Brush on the grillin' sauce during the last 3-5 minutes of grilling to char.
  • Rest loosely covered with aluminum foil for about 5-10 minutes before carving.
  • Serve with chipotle-peach barbecue grillin' sauce or your favorite bbq sauce.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 147mg | Sodium: 513mg | Potassium: 925mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 3mg