Five-Minute Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Pork is a delicious meat for the grill. This easy can be quickly thrown together using common ingredients. Just mix it up, pop the tenderloin in a sealed ziploc baggie with the marinade and leave it in the fridge for at least 6 hours or overnight (yes, you need to plan ahead a bit!). As a bonus, it seems to be a kid-friendly recipe - our friends' kids devoured it... not too shabby for kids who only ever want peanut-butter sandwiches! This recipe is good for about 2 pounds of pork tenderloin.

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To make: whisk together:

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp minced or chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black OR crushed red pepper (red pepper will make the marinade spicier).

Set aside a small portion of the marinade to use as a sauce.

After marinating the pork tenderloin, get the BBQ ready for indirect heat. Lightly oil the barbecue grate and set the temperature to low or medium-low. Grill 30-40 minutes, or until desired done-ness. Remember to keep the temperature low - the honey in the marinade will burn if the temperature is too high!

Additional Notes:

  • For a tasty 'crust' on the tenderloin, you can first briefly sear the pork over the open flame.
  • Discard the leftover marinade once the pork has been removed from the ziploc bag.
  • Heat the reserved marinade and briefly bring to a boil. Serve over the sliced tenderloin.
  • Delicious sides include roasted baby potatoes, mushrooms, and onions. Many tasty BBQ vegetable recipes can give you ideas for what to serve with this tender grilled pork. A side of rice goes nicely with this dish too.

If you prefer, you can also use this the reserved pork tenderloin marinade to baste the meat while it cooks (rather than use it as sauce). Don't add any more marinade in the last 5 minutes or so of grilling, to give the marinade a chance to cook as well. Check out more ideas for BBQ pork recipes as well as general BBQ tips for great grilling at home!



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