marinated grilled pork tenderloin

★★★★★ 4
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By Gina Roberts
from Kidder, MO

I wow people all the time with this pork tenderloin. People come back, not for seconds, but for thirds and fourths. It is just so savory, tender, and juicy. I frequently grill these loins for large parties, such as my Mom's retirement party or large family gatherings.

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This grilled pork tenderloin is a fantastic grilled summertime dinner. There is so much wonderful, bold flavor in the marinade. Jalapenos add the perfect amount of heat. The tenderizer makes the pork tenderloin tender and juicy. We see why Gina's family and friends always come back for more.

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
★★★★★ 4
serves 6 - 8
prep time 30 Min
cook time 25 Min
method Grill

Ingredients For marinated grilled pork tenderloin

  • 2 lb
    pork tenderloins
  • 2 tsp
    Adolf's meat tenderizer
  • 2 Tbsp
    ground cumin
  • 2 tsp
    chili powder
  • 4 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 3
    green onions, chopped
  • 1
    jalapeno, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1
    lime, juiced
  • 1
    orange, juiced
  • 2 Tbsp
    tequila

How To Make marinated grilled pork tenderloin

  • Cumin, chili powder, and minced garlic on the tenderloin.
    1
    Sprinkle tenderloins with meat tenderizer on both sides. Sprinkle cumin and chili powder on the top side of each tenderloin. Sprinkle 2 cloves of minced garlic on the top side of each loin and slightly press into meat. Allow to rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Chopping green onions, jalapeno, and cilantro.
    2
    In a food processor, add chopped green onions, chopped jalapeno (seeds and all), and cilantro. Pulse until minced and blended. Add mixture to a large Ziploc bag.
  • Pork tenderloin and marinade ingredients in a resealable bag.
    3
    Squeeze the juice from the lime and orange into the Ziploc bag. Add tequila, then add the seasoned tenderloins.
  • Air removed from the resealable bag and sealed to marinate.
    4
    Squeeze all of the air out of the bag and seal. Squish the tenderloins around until well coated with the marinade mixture.
  • Bag placed in the fridge to marinate pork.
    5
    Place bag in refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours, turning a couple of times.
  • Grilling the pork tenderloin.
    6
    Grill temperatures and times will vary from grill to grill and from gas to charcoal. We use charcoal with hickory wood for the added flavor. Place the tenderloins over the hottest part of the fire and pour the excess marinade, carefully over them. Sear all sides to seal in the juices. Then, move the loins out to medium heat and finish grilling, turning frequently.
  • Marinated Grilled Pork Tenderloin sliced and on a plate.
    7
    Once the tenderloins are cooked through, remove them to a platter and let them rest for 5 minutes. Then slice into medallions. Serve and enjoy.
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