Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin Recipe – the BEST pork we’ve ever eaten! So simple with only 5 ingredients in the marinade – Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, honey, and garlic. You can cook on the grill or in the skillet and oven. We ate this two days in a row. Leftovers are great on slider buns. This is already on the menu again this week!

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Easy Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Stop what you are doing and add this Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin to your menu. It is DELICIOUS! Hands down, this is the best pork tenderloin we’ve ever made.  Pork tenderloin marinated to perfection in a blend of Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, honey, and minced garlic. Each tender bite is a mouthwatering journey through layers of sweet, savory, and slightly spicy goodness. Prepare yourself for a flavor-packed adventure that’s sure to leave you coming back for seconds and maybe even thirds!

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How to Make Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

This pork is very simple to make with only a few simple ingredients. Trim the pork tenderloin and place it in a resealable plastic bag.  Whisk together Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, honey, chili powder, and garlic in a medium bowl. Season with salt and black pepper. Pour the savory honey garlic sauce over the pork and let it hang out in the fridge for as long as possible before cooking. 

When ready to cook, remove the pork from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Cook the pork on the grill until it reaches an internal temperature of 145ºF, approximately 12 to 16 minutes. 

To cook the pork inside, pan-sear the pork for 2 minutes on all sides. Place the pork on a rimmed baking sheet and bake at 400ºF for 10 to 12 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Pull the pork out of the oven at 145ºF and let it rest for 5 minutes before cutting into slices.

Tips for Cooking Pork

  • Please note that a pork loin roast and pork tenderloin are NOT the same cut of meat. Tenderloins are thin and small. Pork loins are wide enough to cut pork chops from them.
    • Pork tenderloin is a very tender cut of meat; It is my favorite cut of pork.
  • When cooking pork tenderloin, removing the silver skin on the side of each pork tenderloin is important.
    • The silver skin is a silvery-white sheen membrane on the pork tenderloins. It is a thick connective tissue that doesn’t break down when cooked pork. I use a knife and carefully cut it off. If you don’t remove the silver skin, you will have a tough, uneatable area on each tenderloin.
  • You can use this marinade on any cut of pork – tenderloins, pork chops, and pork loin.
  • Can Pork be pink? Yes! It is perfectly SAFE to eat pink pork. Cooked pork needs to have a minimum internal temperature of 145ºF. We like to cook it on the higher end of medium-rare and let it rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. It only takes about 15 minutes to reach 145ºF, depending on how big your pork tenderloins are.
    • Use an instant read thermometer to check the temperature.
  • To cook the pork inside, heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet until hot. Pan-sear the pork over medium-high heat for 2 minutes on all sides. Place the skillet in the ovenat400ºF for 10 to 12 minutes.
    • Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. Pull the pork out of the oven at 145 degrees F and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I usually mix the honey garlic sauce up before bed and let the pork marinate in the refrigerator overnight before cooking. The longer, the better! More flavor!
  • Get creative with the flavors in the marinade:
    • red pepper flakes
    • soy sauce
    • rosemary
    • onion powder
    • garlic powder
    • fresh ginger
    • thyme
    • dijon mustard
  • Store leftover pork in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
sliced grilled pork tenderloin

What to Serve with Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

This is one of our favorite ways to cook pork tenderloin. I can’t stop thinking about how delicious it tasted. When it comes to what to serve alongside this pork, I have some delicious side dish ideas for you. A simple yet scrumptious choice is to serve it with a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes, their creamy goodness providing a perfect balance to the sweet and savory notes of the pork. Steamed green beans or roasted asparagus add a fresh and vibrant touch to the plate, their natural crunch offering a pleasing contrast. And let’s not forget a generous spoonful of our favorite garlic butter rice. So, whether you go for comforting classics or vibrant veggies, your honey garlic pork tenderloin is bound to shine as the star of your meal.

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sliced grilled pork tenderloin on a cutting board

Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Honey Garlic Pork Tenderloin – the BEST pork we've ever eaten! So simple with only 5 ingredients in the marinade – Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, honey, and garlic. Can cook on the grill or in the skillet and oven. We ate this two days in a row. Leftovers are great on slider buns. This is already on the menu again this week!

Ingredients:

Instructions:

  • Combine Italian dressing, Worcestershire sauce, chili powder, honey, and garlic.
  • Place pork in a gallon ziplock bag. Pour marinade over pork. Seal bag and refrigerate 2 hours to overnight.
  • Prepare grill. Remove pork from marinade. Discard marinade.
  • Grill pork until internal temperature reaches 145ºF, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Notes:

Trim tough silver skin from pork tenderloin before marinating.
Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature:
145-150ºF – Medium Rare
150-155ºF – Medium
155-160ºF – Medium Well
160ºF plus – Well Done

Steph

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Comments

  1. If you are making this for company could you cook it in the oven let it rest slice it and then keep it on warm in the Crock Pot for 30 min. or so, covered with the sauce you cooked it in so you wouldn’t be doing it last minute?

  2. This was hands down the best pork tenderloin I have ever made! It was so tender we didn’t need a knife to cut it! I used the stove top instructions to cook it, easy peasy. My husband was raving about his meal! Honestly, I think it was the best meal I have ever made! Truth! I can’t wait to make it again – already purchased another pork tenderloin – a bigger one this time so we could have more leftovers! Thank you so much for the ultimate pork tenderloin recipe!

    1. Yes – you will need to adjust the cooking time to ensure it is cooked to an internal temperature of 145ºF.

  3. Hi Stefanie, what Italian Sauce did you use? We live in Switzerland and if we cannot find it here then I will order it over Internet. Thanks Regards SusanneSusanne

      1. Made this last night and it was delicious! Came out perfect and marinated overnight. Super easy and did not disappoint!

  4. The marinade sounds wonderful! Can’t wait to try it. Would it be possible to cook in a crockpot? I would assume that you would sear it like you would to put it in the oven. How long in a crockpot? 6 to 8 hours on low?

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