Barbecue Grilled Turkey Tenderloin – Grilled turkey tenderloin seasoned with a smoky rub and grilled to perfection. Coated in your favorite barbecue sauce for the perfect summer meal.
This post is sponsored by the National Turkey Federation. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
Turkey isn’t just for Thanksgiving, there are so many ways to enjoy it all year round. I love using it in recipes like my Lemon Turkey Cutlets, because it is low in calories and full of protein, where there is absolutely no guilt just deliciousness.
In fact June is Turkey Lovers’ Month, so I think we should celebrate it with this turkey tenderloin that is grilled and all ready for summer! This is perfect for your summer get togethers and even your 4th of July party!
Safe Turkey Handling Tips
- One of the most important steps when cooking turkey is to make sure that you are handling it properly from start to finish! First off, DO NOT wash your turkey. This goes if you are cooking the whole bird or even just the turkey breasts in this recipe. It spreads bacteria all over your kitchen and is not safe.
- The next thing is cook your turkey to 165 degrees. It is best to use a meat thermometer, even when you are grilling smaller pieces of turkey, to ensure you get to the proper temperature.
- And finally, make sure you are washing your hands after touching the turkey, washing all the utensils, using clean plates when prepping and plating the final dish. Avoiding cross contamination is the key to making sure you are safe when handling raw protein.
This turkey tenderloin recipe is super easy to make and your family is going to love it. Turkey really absorbs the flavor of whatever you put in it, so this smoky barbecue rub gives the meat so much flavor! Plus top with your favorite barbecue sauce for the perfect summer dinner.
What is Turkey Tenderloin
It is a piece of meat that is under the breast of the turkey. It is an underused part of the turkey, so it is a super tender piece of white meat.
How Long To Cook Turkey Tenderloin
That really depends on how thick your pieces are. You want to make sure you use a meat thermometer to cook to 165 degrees. But on a high temperature grill it usually takes about 9-10 minutes per side.
How to Cook Turkey
- You can use the homemade rub in the recipe below or your favorite store bought rub. But generously coat the turkey with the seasoning. This is what gives it all the flavor.
- Preheat the grill to high heat.
- Once the grill is hot, place the turkey on the grill.
- Cook for about 9-10 minutes per side. This varies depending on how thick the cut of meat is. Insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part, and when it reaches 165 degrees you are done.
- Brush on your favorite barbecue sauce during the last couple minutes of cooking time so it gets nice and golden and delicious.
- Serve with even more barbecue sauce on the side.
One of the things I really like about turkey, is how you can use it in just about any recipe. It is really interchangeable with other proteins. These Italian Turkey Cutlets were originally made with chicken, but are absolutely delicious with a turkey cutlet. So many possibilities!
It is time to re-think turkey! It is more than just ground turkey or the center piece at Thanksgiving. It is great with just about any type of recipe all year round. Head over to ServeTurkey.org to see even more cooking tips and recipe ideas.
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- 1 - 1 1/2 pounds turkey tenderloin
- 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
- 1 Tbls granulated sugar
- 1 Tbls brown sugar
- 1 Tbls chili powder
- 1 Tbls kosher salt
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 tsp paprika
- 1/4 tsp cumin
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/4 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp black peppercorns
- 1/4 tsp chipotle powder (optional)
- In a bowl mix together all of the ingredients for the rub.
- Generously sprinkle the rub all over the turkey and rub until it is well coated.
- Preheat grill to high heat
- Add turkey to the grill and cook for about 10 minutes per side until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- During the last couple minutes of cooking time brush both sides of turkey with barbecue sauce.
- Remove from the grill and slice to serve. Serve with additional barbecue sauce.
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Amount Per ServingCalories 322 Total Fat 4g Saturated Fat 1g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 136mg Sodium 697mg Carbohydrates 17g Fiber 1g Sugar 13g Protein 52g