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Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Smoked Pork Tenderloin – Tender, juicy, and loaded with flavor! A super easy protein you can smoke quickly for any night of the week!

This post is sponsored by Best Food Facts and United Soybean Board. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Last week in the Chocolate Tofu Pudding post I shared all about my trip to Des Moines with Best Food Facts and all that we learned about soybean farming, sustainability, and the nutrition behind soy.

Well today I am here to share a great summer dinner recipe using one of my all-time favorite soy products…soy sauce! I mean seriously, who doesn’t love the stuff?! It adds such a great flavor to the pork in this marinade and them smokes for just over an hour for a great easy dinner.

sliced pork tenderloin on a cutting board

 

Soy beans are a naturally cholesterol-free food that is full of lots of different nutrients.  They are high in protein and fiber, as well as rich in vitamin B6, phosphorus and iron. Soy sauce is rich in antioxidants and isoflavones. It can be high in sodium, so I always buy the reduced-sodium variety for my house.

Smoked Pork Tenderloin Marinade

I usually like to use a rub and just throw meat on the smoker to really get that smoke flavor. But for the pork tenderloin, I decided to use a marinade. It gives the pork just a different dimension of flavor than just smoking. You can let it sit in the marinade for 1-24 hours. So it is great to make in the morning or even the night before.

  • Soy Sauce
  • Honey
  • Olive Oil
  • Brown Sugar
  • Garlic
  • Onion Powder
pork tenderloin in a plastic bag with marinade

How To Smoke Pork Tenderloin

  1. Mix together all of the ingredients for the marinade.
  2. Add the pork and marinade to a food storage bag, seal and squish it around to fully coat the pork.
  3. Store in the fridge for at least an hour, up to 24 hours.
  4. Preheat smoker to 225º F.
  5. Place the pork tenderloins directly on the smoker grate and cook for 60-90 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 145º F.
  6. Let the pork rest for 3 minutes, and then slice to serve. It is great topped with your favorite barbecue sauce.
smoked pork tenderloin on a cutting board with a knife

How Long To Smoke Pork Tenderloin

It will take 60-90 minutes to cook a pork tenderloin. But this can vary based on the size and thickness of your pork tenderloin. The ones from the grocery store tend to be a little smaller sometimes versus the ones that you buy at a wholesale club. And it will vary depending on how steady your smoker keeps the temperature.

As with smoking any meat it is best to cook to the temperature and use a thermometer to know when it is done.

a white plate with pork tenderloin salad and rice

Smoked Pork Tenderloin Temp

When you are cooking pork, it is recommended to cook it to 145º F. The best way to ensure you hit the right temperature is to use a thermometer. Especially when you are smoking, every cut of meat is just a little different. So going by time can mean under or over cooked meat. Lots of people stay away from pork because they think it is dry, but this is really because they over cook it. If you cook it to the right temperature, just look at how juicy it is!

I use the Thermapen Mk4 to check the temperature of the meat throughout the cooking process. It is the most accurate thermometer I have found and have been using it for years!

pork tenderloing sliced on a cutting board

What To Serve With Smoked Pork Tenderloin

What’s The Difference Between Pork Tenderloin and Pork Loin

Pork Tenderloin is a long and narrow cut of the pig that comes from along the backbone. It is very tender and has a strong pork flavor. It tends to be darker in color. Even when it is cooked, sometimes it will still have a pinkish hue to it. It does not turn completely white like a pork loin.

Pork Loin is a wider, flatter, and much larger cut of meat. Sometimes you will see it sold on the bone. It is a tender and more mild tasting cut of meat. This cut is much more like a roast, it will sometimes even be called pork loin roast. It is still a great cut for smoking though, it will just take longer. Check out this Smoked Pork Loin for more information and the recipe.

The relationship between pigs and soybeans is something I never realized before visiting a farm. But 64% of pig farmers grow soybeans on their farms as well. The soybeans are then used to help feed the animals. The manure from the pigs is then used to help the crops grow. It is just part of what makes for sustainable farming.

close up smoked pork tenderloin for pinterst

More Tasty Pork Dinner Recipes

Yield: 8

Smoked Pork Tenderloin

close up smoked pork tenderloin sliced on a cutting board

Smoked Pork Tenderloin - Tender, juicy, and loaded with flavor! A super easy protein you can smoke quickly for any night of the week!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1-pound pork tenderloins
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

Instructions

  1. Mix together the honey, olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic and onion powder. Add the pork and marinade to a food storage bag, seal and squish it around to fully coat the pork.
  2. Store in the fridge for at least an hour, up to 24 hours.
  3. Preheat smoker to 225º F.
  4. Place the pork tenderloins directly on the smoker grate and cook for 60-90 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 145º F.
  5. Let the pork rest for 3 minutes, and then slice to serve. It is great topped with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 215Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 83mgSodium 639mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 6gProtein 31g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Jen

Sunday 13th of November 2022

how else can i cook this? I do not have a smoker?

Erin S

Sunday 13th of November 2022

You could grill it or bake it, or however you normally would cook a pork tenderloin.

Catalina

Friday 29th of July 2022

Mmmm.... I am drooling over this pork tenderloin! It's such a delicious dinner idea!

Sandra

Friday 29th of July 2022

Making this again for the weekend! So flavorful!

Amanda

Thursday 28th of July 2022

Husband made this and it turned out amazing! We loved every bite!

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