Our Best Grilled Pork Recipes
Sink your teeth into juicy pork chops, pork tenderloin, and more with these foolproof grilling recipes.
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Spanish Pork with Apple-Citrus Salsa
Season pork tenderloin with a mixture of chili powder, cumin, and pimenton, a smoked Spanish paprika. Serve with a fresh tangy salsa of Granny Smith apple, jalapeño pepper, lime juice and cilantro.
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Bourbon-Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin
Add rich, mellow flavor to grilled pork tenderloin with a marinade of bourbon, brown sugar, mustard, and soy sauce. Reserve some of the marinade to make a sauce to serve with the pork.
Smoked Pork Shoulder
Barbecue joints usually use whole pork shoulders for pulled pork, but shoulders are hard to find at local grocery stores. Instead, pick up a bone-in Boston butt. A sprinkling of salt and some hickory wood chunks are all you need to get that deep, smoky flavor. Pair this basic pulled-pork recipe with the barbecue sauce of your choice, or make your own.
Tip: A handful of wood chips should be added to the fire every 30 minutes to an hour.
Recipe: Smoked Pork Shoulder
Grilled Pork Chops with Blueberry-Peach SalsaPork chops brine all day to develop maximum flavor, so all you have to do is throw them on the grill when you get home. Serve with a refreshing Blueberry-Peach Salsa to contrast the smoky grilled meat.
Pancetta-Wrapped Pork TenderloinDouble up on the pork with this pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin. Serve with fresh Cantaloupe-Red Pepper Salsa, which brightens the dish and compliments the pork's sweet undertones.
Grilled Herbed Pork Tenderloin
Puréeing the marinade in a food processor allows it to really soak into the tenderloin, giving it great citrus flavor. You can also cook the tenderloin in the oven–just allow for a slightly longer cooking time, and be sure to test doneness with a meat thermometer.
Tip: Pat the tenderloin dry with paper towels before grilling to prevent flare-ups.
Recipe: Grilled Herbed Pork Tenderloin
Achiote-and-Orange Pulled Pork
Take your barbecue south of the border with this Western version of pulled pork. Serve on rolls topped with Chipotle Coleslaw, crumbled queso fresco, sliced avocado, hot sauce, and mayo.
Tip: Having the pork at room temperature before smoking it is very important. If you put it on the smoker cold, the outer portion will burn while the inside will not thoroughly cook.
Recipe: Achiote-and-Orange Pulled Pork
Margarita Pork Tenderloin
Margarita lovers will devour this delicious pork tenderloin, which gets its flavor from a tequila-based marinade. You'll need an hour for the tenderloin to marinate, but just 15 minutes to grill to perfection.
Tip: Suggested marinating times are based on the time it takes to flavor the food without overpowering it. Make sure to discard the marinade after removing the tenderloins from it.
Recipe: Margarita Pork Tenderloin
Slow-Grilled Pork With Ranch-Barbecue Sauce
It's hard to beat a low-and-slow-cooked Boston butt with its meat that just falls off the bone. This twist on traditional pulled pork relies on a rub of Ranch dressing mix, injected Creole butter, and a homemade Ranch-Barbecue Sauce to serve up incredible flavor.
Tip: Smoking a pork shoulder takes about 1 hour for each pound, so you'll need to get an early start.
Barbecued Pork Tenderloin
The surprise ingredient in the marinade is coffee—it contributes a rich, almost smoky flavor to the meat and blends magically with the vinegar, mustard, and molasses. When you're ready for a break from more traditional tomato-based barbecue sauces, this is the recipe you need.
Recipe: Barbecued Pork Tenderloin
Hoisin and Bourbon-Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Add a little sweetness to smoked pork by adding hoisin sauce and maple syrup to the bourbon marinade, and then balance that sweetness with the acidity of lime juice and rice vinegar. This is one of our most popular pork tenderloin recipes.
Grilled Peaches and Pork
After you marinate the pork in a tangy sweet marinade of balsamic vinegar and lime juice for about an hour, it take less than 15 minutes to both the pork and the peaches for this summery grilled meal.
Recipe: Grilled Peaches and Pork
Coffee and Molasses-Brined Pork Chops
Brining involves soaking the meat in a salty liquid to tenderize the meat and add flavor. Coffee adds a background flavor that helps bring out the sweet yet bitter undertone of the molasses.
Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Blackberry Sauce
Jerk seasoning brings the heat in this pork tenderloin recipe while the sweet blackberry sauce keeps the flavor from getting too over the top.
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