Overhead view of smoked tenderloin cut into slices.

Enjoy a restaurant-quality smoked tenderloin right at home. Transform your regular pork tenderloin into a mouthwatering masterpiece with a blend of spices and the magic of slow smoking.

Dive into the realm of smoky flavors with a perfectly prepared smoked tenderloin. This exquisite dish brings forth the intricate blend of salt, pepper, smoked paprika, onion powder, and garlic powder, all perfectly rubbed on a succulent piece of pork tenderloin. The result is a tantalizing texture, an unforgettable smoky taste, and an appealing golden-brown crust. The lusciousness of the melted butter gives the tenderloin an inviting gloss, making it not just delicious but also a feast for the eyes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use an oven instead of a smoker?

Absolutely. You can achieve a similar result using a preheated oven or a hot grill. This method helps to create a flavorful crust.

Can I leave the tenderloin on the smoker until it reaches 145°F?

While you can, the pork may lack some depth of flavor and texture. It’s advisable to finish the cooking in a hot environment for a superior taste and texture.

Can I use a store-bought rub?

Certainly. A quality rub like Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub or Beef Rub can be a wonderful alternative to the homemade spice blend.


If you need to make substitutions due to allergies, dietary restrictions, or religious beliefs, there are plenty of alternatives.

  • For a dairy-free version, you can substitute the butter with a high-heat plant-based oil like avocado oil.
  • To make the recipe kosher or halal, simply switch out the pork for a suitable meat such as chicken or beef.
  • If you’re looking to reduce sodium for heart health, consider using a low-sodium salt substitute, and amplify the flavors with additional herbs and spices such as rosemary or thyme.

Serving Suggestions

Smoked tenderloin can be the star of a variety of meals. Serve it with a fresh garden salad or roasted vegetables for a balanced meal, or pair it with a flavorful rice dish for a hearty feast. If you’re thinking about the perfect dessert to follow, consider a light fruit sorbet to cleanse the palate.

A Note From the Chef

A key to achieving the perfect smoked tenderloin is patience. Slow and steady smoking brings out the best flavors. You don’t need an expensive smoker to make a delicious tenderloin; a simple charcoal grill or an oven can do the trick. Remember, the quality of your meat matters. Opt for the best quality tenderloin you can afford.

Smoked tenderloin on a baking sheet.

Storage & Reheating Instructions

Store leftover smoked tenderloin in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place in a preheated oven at 325°F until it’s warmed through. This method helps retain the tenderloin’s moisture and texture.

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