How to Smoke Pork Tenderloin on The Pellet Grill

Smoked pork tenderloin makes a delicious meal, whether you’re grilling for a weekday dinner with your family or a weekend barbecue with plenty of friends.

 

With a sweet and smokey kick from applewood pellets, this smoked pork tenderloin recipe gains even more flavor from a honey apple marinade.

 

Table of Contents

 

Part1: How to Choose the Perfect Pork Tenderloin

If you’re new to grilling pork, picking out the right pork tenderloin for this recipe might seem overwhelming. Don’t worry. Here’s some advice for choosing a great cut of meat.

 

1. Look at the Color

When choosing a cut of meat for this smoked pork tenderloin recipe, you want to avoid any meat that looks pale or has dark spots, especially on the fat.

 

Instead, opt for a piece of meat that looks pinkish-red in color with some white marbling throughout.

 

2. Pork Tenderloin is NOT the Same as Pork Loin

You cannot substitute pork loin for this smoked pork tenderloin recipe. They are entirely different cuts of meat from different parts of the pig. The biggest difference is that pork tenderloin is considerably smaller, so it cooks faster than pork loin.

 

3. Know How Much You Need

As a general rule, about one-third to one-half of a pound of pork tenderloin is adequate to feed one adult. For this recipe, we’ll use two pork tenderloins (about one pound each) for four adults.

 How to Choose the Perfect Pork Tenderloin

Part2: Equipment and Ingredients for Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Before we get to cooking, you’ll need to gather your equipment and ingredients. Here’s everything you’ll need to make smoked pork tenderloin:

  • Z Grills pellet smoker
  • Z Grills applewood pellets
  • Meat thermometer
  • 2 pork tenderloins, 1/2-1 lb each, silverskin removed
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 3 tbsp honey, warmed
  • 3 tbsp pork rub
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ tbsp black pepper

 

Part3: Why Choose Z Grills Pellet Grill and Wood Pellets

We highly recommend making this smoked pork tenderloin recipe on a Z Grills pellet smoker along with Z Grills wood pellets.

 

1. Z Grills Pellet Smokers

Z Grills pellet smokers are superior to other brands because they deliver authentic wood-fired flavor and precise temperature control. This ensures you maintain complete control when grilling.

 

We offer a range of grills at affordable prices for different skillsets, and every model has excellent quality. Since our grills are designed for grillers of all experience levels, you can be a grill master whether you’re just starting out or have been grilling for decades.

 

2. Z Grills Wood Pellets

Even without a Z Grills pellet smoker at home, you can (and should) still use Z Grills wood pellets. They deliver the great smokey flavor you’re looking for.

 

And all Z Grill pellets are:

  • are American made
  • contain 100% all-natural hardwood with no additives
  • have a low moisture content
  • burn cleanly and efficiently

 

For this smoked pork tenderloin, we recommend using Z Grills applewood pellets.

 Apple Grill Pellets

Part4: How to Smoke Pork Tenderloin on a Pellet Grill

Think of this smoked pork tenderloin recipe as the complete guide to smoking pork on a pellet grill. We’ll cover everything you need to know, including what temp for pork tenderloin is the best.

 

1. Marinate the Pork Tenderloins

Your pellet smoker will give these pork tenderloins a delicious applewood smoked taste, but that’s not the only place great flavor will come from.

 

This smoked pork tenderloin is also made great thanks to a simple marinade that consists of:

  • apple juice
  • warm honey
  • brown sugar
  • your favorite pork rub
  • fresh thyme
  • black peppers

 

Patience and timing are key here since you’ll want to marinade your smoked pork tenderloin for 2-3 hours before grilling.

 

2. Preheat Your Z Grills Pellet Smoker

Once your pork is marinated, it’s time to cook. But before you get grilling, you need to preheat your Z Grills pellet smoker.

 

For this smoked pork tenderloin, we’ll be cooking it at 225 ˚F for about 3 hours with applewood pellets.

 

So, turn up the heat, close the lid, and pack your pellet grill with applewood pellets.

 

3. Smoke Pork Tenderloin

Once the pork tenderloins hit the grill, you’re still going to need your patience. It will take the pork about 2 ½ to 3 hours to reach an internal temperature of 145 ˚F.

 

When the inside of the pork reads 145 ˚F, you can remove it from the grill. As tempting as it may be to slice right into those smoked pork tenderloins, you still need to wait.


Allow the pork to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

 Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Part5: What to Serve with Smoked Pork Tenderloin

This smoked pork tenderloin is so good that you could eat it by itself. But it tastes even better when served with sides like:

 

Part6: Best Times and Temperatures for Smoked Pork Tenderloin

When you smoke pork tenderloin, your goal is to reach an internal temperature of 145 ˚F, but there are many ways to get there. Although there are many answers to the question of what temp for pork tenderloin, here’s the best answer.

 

The best temperature to smoke your pork tenderloin at is 225 ˚F. A low and slow method will deliver the flavor you want. This gives your pork time to absorb the smokey flavor, and it allows the fat to reduce.

 

At 225 ˚F, it will take your pork tenderloins about 2 ½ to 3 hours to reach an internal temperature of 145 ˚F.

 Best Times and Temperatures for Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Part7: Smoked Pork Tenderloin Recipe

You’ll love this smoked pork tenderloin recipe whether you’ve cooked it 100 times before or you’re learning how to smoke pork tenderloin for the first time.

 

  • Prep Time: 3 minutes
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 6 hours
  • Serves: 4 people

 

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins, about 1 lb each, silverskin removed
  • ½ cup apple juice
  • 3 tbsp honey, warmed
  • 3 tbsp pork rub
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • ½ tbsp black pepper

 

Instructions

  1. Create the marinade by mixing apple juice, warm honey, pork rub, brown sugar, chopped thyme, and black pepper in a large bowl.
  2. Add the pork tenderloins to the marinade, turning to coat.
  3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge. Marinate the pork tenderloins for 2-3 hours.
  4. Preheat your Z Grills pellet smoker to 225 ˚F.
  5. Place marinated pork tenderloins directly on grill grates.
  6. Smoke pork until the internal temperature reaches 145 ˚F. It will take about 2 ½ to 3 hours.
  7. Once the internal temperature rises to 145 ˚F, remove pork tenderloins from the grill.
  8. Allow them to rest for 5 minutes before slicing and serving.

 Smoked Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Part8: Conclusion: Smoked Pork Tenderloin Tips and FAQs

Now you know how to grill the perfect smoked pork tenderloin every time.

 

But it’s still normal to have questions. Here are some FAQs and the answers you need.

 

1. Why is my pork tenderloin tough?

Pork tenderloin is a cut of meat that is generally praised for its tenderness. If your pork tenderloin is tough, it was probably cooked at too high heat. Try our low and slow method of smoking pork tenderloin for guaranteed tenderness.

  

2. Should you spritz pork tenderloin while cooking?

Spiritizing meat on the grill is a method that can help preserve moisture, but the fluctuating temperature of opening the lid frequently can do more harm than good. For our smoked pork tenderloin recipe, we do not recommend spritzing the pork tenderloins.

 

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