This easy Smoked Pork Tenderloin is flavored with the most amazing homemade dry rub, then slow cooker to perfection on the grill!
It is here! Grillin’ time!
Mother Nature has been toying with us a lot this year. It feels like winter lasted about a trillion years. I was seriously concerned we would never see the sun or dry ground again. But slowly the days are getting longer and warmer.
Dinner is migrating out of the kitchen and onto porches, decks, and backyards! Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, grab your grill or your smoker, crank it up and make this Smoked Pork Tenderloin!
Ingredients Needed for Smoked Pork Tenderloin
This super simple dinner starts with mixing up a couple spices to make a savory smoked pork loin rub. We have tried a lot of spice mixtures for grilling, but we love this one because it has a great balance of heat and sweetness without being overpowering. It really just complements the flavor of the smoked meat.
To make the pork loin dry rub, you’ll need:
- Old Bay seasoning
- Chili powder
- Granulated sugar
- Italian seasoning
- Onion powder
- Pork tenderloin
How to Smoke a Pork Tenderloin
Making a Traeger smoked pork tenderloin is easier than you can imagine! Here are the basic steps:
- Mix the spices together, sprinkle it onto the meat, and then rub it in.
- Once your spices are packed on, it is time to throw the pork on the grill. We have a smoker, so we cook it at a high temperature for about 20 minutes, then lower the temperature for a couple hours. This gives that great char on the outside but ensures the meat stays tender and moist.
- Let the smoked pork loin rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
How Long to Smoke Pork Tenderloin
For a 2.5 pound pork tenderloin, it needs to smoke for about 2 hours at 225 degrees F. I grill it for about 20 minutes at 450 degrees F first to create a nice crust and seal in the juices.
What to Serve with Smoked Pork Tenderloin
Not sure what to serve with smoked pork loin? Here are some suggestions:
- Smokey Sweet Potato Wedges
- Mexican Cornbread
- Air Fryer Green Bean Fries
- Cold Asparagus Salad
- Chipotle Fingerling Potatoes
- Cheesy Cauliflower Casserole
Tips for Making Smoked Tenderloin
- You want to get an even coat of the smoked pork tenderloin rub all the way around the meat. The spices are going to form this delicious crust that you are going to fight your family for.
- You’re welcome to use any pork loin dry rub you’d like to make this recipe, but we love the homemade rub listed in the recipe card below.
- You can make this recipe using a Traeger or a regular grill. Use what you have!
More Easy Grilling Recipes:
- Smoked Whole Turkey
- Orange Sesame Chicken Skewers
- Grilled Pork Tenderloin in Foil
- Grilled Salmon Kabobs
- Grilled Chicken and Zucchini Skewers
- 1 tablespoon Old Bay
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
- 2 1/2 pound pork tenderloin
- Combine spices in a small bowl, then rub mixture evenly on pork loin, making sure it is coated well.
- Heat your grill to 450 degrees F, place pork loin in the center of the grill.
- Cook for 20 minutes, then lower temperature to 225 degrees F and cook for 2 hours.
- Let meat sit for 10 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 284Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 138mgSodium: 428mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 49g
To avoid any confusion I remove erythritol from the final carb count and net carb count, as it is not known to affect blood glucose levels. To calculate Keto recipes listed on this site carbs - fiber = net carbs. I use Nutrifox as my nutrition calculator. This nutrition information is an estimate based on the information provided by Nutrifox and the specific ingredients I used.