BBQ Pork Tenderloin

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


Follow these simple instructions for the most tender and flavorful BBQ Pork Tenderloin that you will ever serve.



  1. In a small bowl combine the salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

  2. Prepare the tenderloin, by removing the silver skin and folding the thinner end under and securing with metal skewers of kitchen twine.

  3. Rub the tenderloin with the olive oil  and season on all sides with the spice mixture. Set aside while you prepare the grill.

  4. Preheat the grill for zone cooking. For a three burner gas grill, turn the two left burners to medium-high and ignite. Leave the third burner off. For a four burner gas grill, turn the two left burners to medium-high and ignite. Leave the two right burners off. For the charcoal grill, light the charcoal using a chimney lighter. Pour the charcoal out of the chimney and push over to one side of the grill. Leave the other side free of coals. Oil the cooking grates.

  5. Place the tenderloin over the direct heat section of the grill. Cover and allow to cook for 8 minutes. Flip over, cover, and continue to cook for 7 more minutes.

  6. Brush the tenderloin with the BBQ sauce and move to the indirect section of the grill. Cook until the BBQ sauce has begun to caramelize and the internal temperature of the tenderloin reads 145˚F. 

  7. Remove the tenderloin to a cutting board and allow to rest for 10 minutes. This will allow the juices to redistribute into the meat.

  8. Serve with extra BBQ sauce.


TO MAKE BBQ PORK TENDERLOIN IN THE OVEN: Position one rack about 4 inches from the broiler and another in the center of the oven. Preheat the oven to 425˚F. Place the prepared tenderloin on a rimmed baking sheet and roast in the center of the oven until the internal temperature is 145˚F. Baste with the BBQ sauce. Turn on the broiler and broil until the sauce starts to caramelize, 3 – 4 minutes. Keep on eye on this, the sugars in the sauce go from caramelized to carbonized very quickly. Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before serving.