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Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin

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It’s that time of year again, time to break out the barbecue. And what better way than with this Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin. Marinaded in home made barbecue sauce and then cooked in under 30 minutes on the barbecue. Perfect for your next backyard cookout!

Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin
Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin

And Just like that someone flicked the switch and it’s barbecue season once again. How does time go so fast. One minute we’re all cosying up with hot cocoa, a steamy romance novel and a a fur lined blanket. Then, in a split second, it’s flip flops and refreshing margaritas.

And with refreshing margaritas goes barbecues. Today, late as it may be, I’m bringing you this Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin. It’s a real keeper for summertime grilling, so let’s take a look how it’s done.

If you loved my Dry Rub Oven Barbecue Ribs or the Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs, you’ll love this recipe too!

Close up of the Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin
Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin

The Basics

Two, yes two ingredients. Okay, that’s not completely honest. The Barbecue Sauce is homemade and below in the recipe you can see how to make it. Super easy and I’ve been making it since forever. You can click here to that post or just see it in the ingredient list at the bottom.

I’m using pork tenderloin which is a great cut of meat. It’s cooked pretty quickly and is tender, as long as you don’t overcook it! So, don’t do that…hahaha!

Let’s make the Barbecue Pork Tenderloin

First we make the barbecue sauce and you’ll see how to do that in the recipe below. Sorry, I don’t have any step by step photos for that process today. I kind of forgot when I was making this last week. But like I say, you can head over to that post to see a little more about the Barbecue Sauce.

Preparing and cooking the pork is pretty straight forward and easy. No fuss. Just pour the barbecue sauce over the pork, cover and put it in the fridge for one hour or up to overnight. It can easily be done the day before but it’s not necessary.

After that you just simply wrap the pork in tin foil, pouring over all the remaining sauce and then wrap it up making sure all the seams are sealed.

Place it on a preheated barbecue at medium temperature and close the lid. Leave it for about 20 minutes.

Grill Cooking the Pork Tenderloin

At this stage, you want to open the foil up and take the pork out. As you can see here in the picture below the pork looks pretty good and it’s just about done. What we’re going to do now it just char the pork for a few minutes.

Char the pork

Take the pork out of the foil and place it directly over the barbecue. The meat is pretty much cooked at this stage, so all you are looking to do it char it on the outside a bit. You can increase the heat higher and cook the pork for a couple of minutes each side. It just gives the meat a nice charred exterior that’s quite nice.

Resting and cutting the meat

Take the pork off the barbecue and place it on a cutting board. Leave it for just a few minutes to rest. Then thinly slice the meat. I personally think this is best cut real thin. Like, as thin as you can cut it. But that’s just personal preference, so cut it as you like it best.

There you go, it’s done and ready to serve. I think pork tenderloin is a great cut of meat and it’s easy to cook. It’s relatively inexpensive, at least where we live. So, it’s win win all around. And have you checked out my Roasted Pork Loin with a Sweet Sherry Sauce, it’s delish!

This is also great leftover, served in sandwiches, salads and put into pita breads. I’ve done it all and are all successful eats.

looking for side dishes

There are so many things you can serve with this Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin. Honestly, when we had it recently, I just served it as you see it here. Basic baked potatoes and a simple salad. It was delicious just like that. But if you’re looking for anything a bit “extra”, here are a few fantastic ideas!

These are just a few mere suggestions of what would go well with this bbq pork dish. But you can serve what you like best. There are so many options. And if you are still stuck, check out all the other side dishes on the blog. There are only about 100! You can click here to get some more cooking inspiration.

Table Setting of the Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin

I know it’s a late Monday post but it’s been a busy day! I tired so hard to get this out earlier, but it was the first day in over eight weeks that we were able to see friends and that was pretty exciting. Who else is on board with the excitement of seeing people that we don’t actually live with? To clarify, I’m and an out and out introvert and hermit. But seeing friends was the best thing, ever!

Anyway, this dish would go great with my Summer Quinoa and Roasted Pepper Salad. And if you’re looking for a seafood dish to grill, check out the Cod Fish & Veggie Parcels.

I hope you enjoyed Monday’s post and I’ll be back on Wednesday with something to satisfy that sweet tooth. Have a great Monday, whatever time of day or evening it is right now. And like always, keep on cooking friends.

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Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin

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Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin

It's that time of year again, time to break out the barbecue. And what better way than with this Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin. Marinaded in home made barbecue sauce and then cooked in under 30 minutes on the barbecue. Perfect for your next backyard cookout!
Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Marinade Time1 hour
Total Time2 hours 5 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: North American
Keyword: barbecue, pork
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 629kcal
Author: Julia Pinney


  • 1 pork tenderloin 1 lb
  • 1 Cup ketchup
  • 1 Tablespoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 Onion finely chopped
  • 1 Small dried chili finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper


  • First, make the barbecue sauce. In a small saucepan set over medium heat, add all the marinade ingredients. Stir well. Simmer for 25 – 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and leave to cool.
  • Place the pork tenderloin in a dish and pour over barbecue sauce. Cover and refridgerate for an hour or up to overnight.
  • Remove the pork from the fridge about 30 minutes before you want to cook it.
  • Place the marinaded pork on a large sheet of tinfoil and pour over all the sauce. Fold over the foil so all seams are sealed.
  • Cook the pork on a preheated barbecue over medium heat for about 25 minutes.
  • Remove the pork from the foil and place directly over the barbeuce for about 3-5 minutes each side. Remove from heat and transfer to a cutting board.
  • Slice the pork into thin slices and serve with remaining marinade.

*A note on times provided: appliances vary, any prep and/or cook times provided are estimates only.

Nutrition Facts
Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 629 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 295mg98%
Sodium 865mg38%
Potassium 2005mg57%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 95g190%
Vitamin A 308IU6%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 41mg4%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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By on May 11th, 2020
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15 Comments on “Traditional Style Barbecue Pork Tenderloin”

  1. 5 stars
    This barbecue sauce is so good! I also like cooking pork tenderloin because it’s lean and fast to cook. This bbq version will be a new regular dinner, thanks!

    • This is our go to barbecue sauce. I’ve been making it for more than 20 years now and everyone in the family loves it. Yes, the pork is lean and quick to cook. Thanks Sabrina!

  2. Can’t wait to get out and hang out with friends again! Still on lockdown here. I will be making this for my family this weekend!

    • I know Heidi these are sure strange times. They have been slowing lifting lock down here and it’s just nice to get out for a walk! The things we never thought would be considered a luxury. And yes seeing friends is so nice when that opportunity comes your way. And, this pork is great. I love cooking pork tenderloin, so easy. Hope you guys are all well.

  3. 5 stars
    What a treat!! Pinning this post for the next time I have no idea what to do with a pork tenderloin. And, BTW I much prefer flip flops and margaritas over hot cocoa and cozy blankets. yay summer!

    • Thanks Bernie! And I’m the same with summer. Probably why I left Newfoundland 24 years ago…lol! Love Newfoundland but those winters are harsh with a capital H!

    • Thanks Colleen! Yes, barbecue season sure is exciting. I hope you get a chance to make it and enjoy it like we did!


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