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9 August 2021

This pork tenderloin marinade recipe adds tons of flavor to tender and lean pork tenderloin, from easy pantry ingredients, perfect for grilling, roasting and more.

We’ve been cooking a lot of pork tenderloin in the Chili Pepper Madness home lately, my friends. We’ve always enjoyed pork tenderloin, but I’ve sort of fallen in love with it again recently.

I’ve made it a lot over the years. It’s a great protein for us, lean and low in calories, and usually quite tender. The flavor is on the milder side, but that’s totally fine as I have a secret weapon in building huge flavor with a nice level of zing.

It’s my Pork Tenderloin Marinade, and I think you’re going to love it.

This recipe is different from my Pork Chop Marinade, which is equally delicious, but this particular marinade has been perfected specifically for pork tenderloin the way I like it.

It has just the right amount of zesty flavor, and it’s really easy to customize to your own personal tastes. Ideal for any way you want to cook your tenderloin, whether you’re grilling it, baking it, roasting it, cooking it on the stove top or in a slow cooker, or even chopping it up for something like a pork stir fry.

Let me know what’s your favorite way to prepare it, and how you enjoy it!

Let’s talk about how we make my pork tenderloin marinade recipe, shall we?

Sliced and grilled marinated pork tenderloin on a cutting board

Pork Tenderloin Marinade Ingredients

  • Olive Oil.
  • Soy Sauce.
  • Garlic.
  • Honey. Or you can use brown sugar.
  • Hot Sauce. Use your favorite Louisiana style hot sauce, like Crystal or Tabasco.
  • Dijon Mustard. Or try spicy brown mustard.
  • Lemon Juice. Plus lemon zest.
  • Chili Flakes.
  • Fresh Rosemary.
  • Salt and Pepper.
  • Pork Tenderloin.

Pork Tenderloin Marinade Ingredients

How to Make Pork Tenderloin Marinade – the Recipe Method

Whisk the Marinade Ingredients. Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl. 

Pork Tenderloin Marinade ready to marinate the pork

Marinate the Pork Tenderloin. Add the pork tenderloin to the bowl and cover with marinade. Or, use a large sealable baggie. Seal the bag and rub in the marinade. Marinate the pork tenderloin for 2 hours minimum, or up to 24 hours for the best flavor penetration.

Pork Tenderloin marinating in a dish

Boom! Done! Time to get cooking some pork tenderloin! It’s so good, now matter how you make it. Huge flavor right here, my friends. I love this marinade.

When you’re ready to cook, remove pork tenderloin from marinade and discard the marinade. Cook as desired.

How are you preparing yours? I’d love to hear it.

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Other Ingredients. You can easily vary up the ratios of your marinade, or add in your favorite flavors. Some popular additions include fresh thyme, parsley, basil, spicy chili powder and more.
  • Other Uses. Try this marinade on pork loin or chicken as well, or just about any cut of meat. I prefer it with pork tenderloin or pork loin. I also enjoy it on vegetables for big flavor development. So good!
  • Pork Tenderloin Internal Temperature for Serving . Pork tenderloin should be cooked until the pork reaches 145 degrees F for medium-rare, or 160 degrees F for well done when measured with a meat thermometer.
  • Cooking Pork Tenderloin. You can roast, broil, pan sear, or grill pork tenderloin whole, or slice or chop the tenderloin and cook it that way. So many ways to make it. You can even cook it in a slow cooker. Cooking times will vary, depending on your cooking method. You can have baked pork tenderloin done in under 30 minutes, and grilled pork tenderloin in under 15 minutes or so.
  • Serving Pork Tenderloin. Serve with your favorite side dish or vegetable. You really don’t need a sauce for this, but if you’d prefer one, I suggest either my Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce, my Spicy BBQ Sauce, or some Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce. Check out my other Spicy Sauce Recipes.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

I grilled my pork tenderloin this time, as you can see by the photos with those wonderful char marks, and served it sliced with some of my Spicy BBQ Sauce. 

I love to toss in a sliced jalapeno, usually lightly grilled along with the tenderloin, as a bit of extra garnish and pops of heat and flavor. A favorite for me.

For grilling, heat the grill to medium-high heat and lightly oil the grates. Grill the pork tenderloin for 12 minutes, flipping once half way through. Move the tenderloin to indirect heat and continue cooking another couple minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F for medium-rare, or 160 degrees F for well done when measured with a meat thermometer.

Let the meat rest for 5-10 minutes, then slice and serve. I love it this way. The marinade does wonders.

Pork Tenderloin Marinade on a spoon

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my pork tenderloin marinade recipe. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Try Some of My Other Popular Pork Recipes

Sliced and grilled marinated pork tenderloin with bbq sauce, ready to serve

Try Some of My Other Spicy Marinade Recipes

Sliced and grilled marinated pork tenderloin on a cutting board, ready to serve

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Pork Tenderloin Marinade Recipe

This pork tenderloin marinade recipe adds tons of flavor and spice to tender and lean pork tenderloin, from easy pantry ingredients.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: marinade, pork loin, pork tenderloin, soy sauce
Servings: 6
Calories: 305kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 4-5 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 tablespoons honey or use brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon hot sauce or more to taste - use your favorite Louisiana style hot sauce, like Crystal or Tabasco
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice + zest
  • 1 teaspoon chili flakes or more to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
  • Salt and pepper to taste I use 1/2 teaspoon each
  • For Cooking: 2 pound pork tenderloin

Instructions

  • Whisk all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.
  • Add the pork tenderloin to the bowl and cover with marinade. Or, use a large sealable baggie.
  • Marinate the pork tenderloin for 2 hours minimum, or up to 24 hours for the best flavor penetration.
  • When you're ready to cook, remove pork tenderloin from marinade and discard the marinade. Cook as desired.

Notes

Nutritional information includes cooked pork tenderloin.
Pork tenderloin should measure 145 degrees F for medium-rare, or 160 degrees F for well done when measured with a meat thermometer.

Nutrition

Calories: 305kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 98mg | Sodium: 768mg | Potassium: 647mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 111IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 2mg