Easy Grilled Pork Tenderloin w/Dry Rub & Mop Sauce

Kelly Williams


I was really nervous to grill pork tenderloins for the first time! But found out that they are actually very easy! I was so afraid I'd overcook them and they'd turn out dry, but they were tender, VERY juicy and succulent! We will be having this often throughout the summer! *Remember, pork is DONE when slightly pink in the middle. If it is all white, it is overcooked.
~Photo by me~


★★★★★ 3 votes

6 (4 at our house!)
10 Min
20 Min



  • 1/4 c
    smoked sweet paprika
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried thyme
  • 2 Tbsp
    dried crushed rosemary
  • 2 Tbsp
    garlic powder (not garlic salt)
  • 1/2 tsp
    coarse ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp
  • 1/4 tsp

  • 1 c
    Heinz ketchup
  • 1/3 c
  • 1/4 c
    apple juice
  • 2 Tbsp
    cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp
    soy sauce (i use regular for this, not low-sodium)

  • 2
    pork tenderloins, about 3 lbs. total, 2 1/2 lbs. ok
  • 1/2 c
    of the dry rub (above)
  • 1 c
    of the mop sauce (above)

How to Make Easy Grilled Pork Tenderloin w/Dry Rub & Mop Sauce


  1. In small bowl, mix dry rub ingredients and set aside. Cut off any excess fat from the pork and remove any sinew (the tough fibrous tissue). Cover the pork tenderloins on all sides with dry rub and refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours. (*I coated them each on 2 separate sheets of plastic wrap and wrapped them tightly, placed them in a 9x11 baking dish and marinated them overnight.) In small bowl, mix mop sauce ingredients. Heat in microwave until hot to melt honey. Stir well, set outside by grill. Pre heat gas grill 5 minutes before cooking. Place pork tenderloins on hot grill (medium-high) with tongs. Close lid and grill the pork for 5 minutes, turn over and grill 5 minutes longer. Turn again and heavily baste with mop sauce, close lid and grill 5 minutes. Turn over, baste again and close lid for 5 more minutes. (*Total cooking time is 20 minutes.) Remove to a baking dish, cover, and let rest 5 minutes. Remove to cutting board and slice to serve.
  2. *Leftover rub and mop sauce is also good on chicken, wings, and fish!

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About Easy Grilled Pork Tenderloin w/Dry Rub & Mop Sauce

Course/Dish: Pork
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
Hashtags: #tenderloin, #barbecue, #BBQ

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