Our Best Grilled Pork Recipes

Sink your teeth into juicy pork chops, pork tenderloin, and more with these foolproof grilling recipes.

  • Spanish Pork with Apple-Citrus Salsa
    Photo: Nina Choi

    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.


    Recipe: Spanish Pork with Apple-Citrus Salsa

  • Bourbon-Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    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.


    Recipe: Bourbon-Brown Sugar Pork Tenderloin

  • Spanish-Style Brined Pork Tenderloin

    Spanish-Style Brined Pork Tenderloin

    Marinating the tenderloin in a mixture of sherry vinegar and sugar mixture gives this grilled pork recipe rich, mellow flavor and the paprika rub adds both color and flavor to the finished dish.

    Recipe: Spanish-Style Brined Pork Tenderloin

  • Smoked Pork Shoulder

    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 Herbed Pork Tenderloin

    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

    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 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

    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.

    Recipe: Slow-Grilled Pork With Ranch-Barbecue Sauce

  • Barbecued Pork Tenderloin

    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

    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.

    Recipe: Hoisin and Bourbon-Glazed Pork Tenderloin

  • Grilled Peaches and Pork

    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

    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.

    Recipe: Coffee and Molasses-Brined Pork Chops

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Fonda Shaia

    Grilled Pork Tenderloin

    Add great flavor to grilled pork tenderloin by covering the tenderloins in a mixture of cumin, peppercorns, fresh mint and garlic, grilling, and serving with a fresh green apple salsa. 

  • Spicy Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Blackberry Sauce
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Lydia Pursell

    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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