Pork Tenderloin Grill Recipe Dry Rub

This grilled pork tenderloin is one of the best recipes I’ve ever made or enjoyed; it’s remarkably tender, juicy, and mouthwateringly divine, and it grills to perfection in only about 10 to 12 minutes, leaving everyone in awe of your grilling skills.

Lean, tender, and capable of being prepared in a variety of ways, pork tenderloin is one of the most delicious cuts of meat you can find. For this recipe, we’ll use a straightforward BBQ rub that’s both sweet and savory, enhancing the natural flavors of the pork.

In Ziploc bag combine paprika, brown sugar, cumin, chili powder and cayenne pepper. Rub over pork tenderloin and refrigerate from 2 hours to overnight. In small bowl combine honey, barbecue sauce and Dijon mustard. Preheat the grill to 425-450 degrees; lighting only half the burners.

Grilled Pork Loin on the BBQ | How to Grill Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Spice Rub 🔗

Grilled pork tenderloin with a sweet-and-smoky barbecue rub is a healthy and easy dinner recipe that's perfect for spring and summer!

Prep: 15min

Total: 48min

Serving Size: 1 /3 of the tenderloin

Nutrition Facts: servingSize 1 /3 of the tenderloin, calories 228.3 kcal, Carbohydrate 14.8 g, Protein 32.1 g, Fat 5.5 g, Saturated Fat 1.8 g, Cholesterol 97.3 mg, Sodium 649.5 mg, Fiber 1 g, Sugar 9.2 g, unSaturated Fat 0.2 g


  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 lb.)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Optional, for serving: barbecue sauce


  1. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, smoked paprika, kosher salt, chili powder, onion powder and garlic powder.
  2. Trim the pork tenderloin of any excess fat and silverskin. Pat the pork dry, and then rub the spice mixture all over the meat.
  3. Allow pork to sit at room temperature while preparing the grill.
  4. Preheat grill to medium heat and brush the grates with vegetable oil (to prevent sticking).
  5. Place pork on the grill. Close the grill and cook 15-18 minutes, turning every few minutes to ensure even cooking. The meat is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 140-145 degrees F. You can baste with the barbecue sauce during the final 1-2 minutes, or just serve warm barbecue sauce alongside the pork for dipping.
  6. Remove the tenderloin to a cutting board and allow the meat to rest for about 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.


How do you keep pork tenderloin from drying out on the grill?

Use a marinade Meat is tenderized and can better retain moisture when the muscle fibers and connective tissue are broken down by marinades, which is a great way to add flavor and moisture to lean cuts like pork tenderloin.

How do you season a pork loin for the grill?

The tenderloin should be rubbed with a mixture of 1/4 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder. Set the tenderloin aside while you heat the grill.

How long does it take to cook a pork tenderloin on the grill?

Grilled pork tenderloin cooks in 12 to 15 minutes on a gas grill or charcoal grill over medium heat (roughly 350 degrees F). Unlike tougher cuts of pork that require low and slow cooking (like this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork), pork tenderloin does not become more tender the longer it cooks.

How do you cook a pork tenderloin without drying out?

Cooking the pork tenderloin at the high temperature of 425 degrees F helps it cook quickly and prevents it from drying out. Brush the pork tenderloin with additional marinade, then bake in a preheated oven at 425°F for about 15-20 minutes, until the pork reaches a temperature of 145°F, then remove it from the oven.

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