Orange Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Orange Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin – only 4 ingredients including the pork! So simple and packed FULL of amazing flavor! Pork tenderloin marinated in orange juice, BBQ sauce, and chipotle chili powder. Drizzle cooked pork with more BBQ sauce. Great for lunch, dinner, and cookouts. SO easy and delicious!

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The BEST BBQ Grilled Pork Tenderloin

This Orange Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin is crazy good! It is also super simple! Only 4 ingredients including the pork tenderloin! Orange juice, BBQ sauce, chipotle chili powder, and pork. I like to let the pork marinate overnight to achieve maximum flavor. If you don’t have that long, just let the pork marinate in the refrigerator as long as possible.

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How to Grill Pork Tenderloin on a Charcoal Grill

Pork tenderloin is very easy to grill at home. They only take about 12 to 15 minutes to cook on the grill. You have to watch the internal temperature so you don’t overcook them and dry them out.

We grill on a charcoal grill. My number one tip when using a charcoal grill is to use a charcoal chimney starter instead of lighter fluid. Lighter fluid completely overpowers the food. You end up tasting lighter fluid instead of the yummy pork. If you haven’t used a charcoal chimney starter, it will change the way you grill on charcoal. Here is a link to a video on the website to show you how easy it is to use a charcoal starter – https://www.plainchicken.com/grilling-101-how-to-use-charcoal-starter/

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What Temperature to Cook Pork Tenderloin?

Pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 145ºF. I like to pull the pork off the grill when it reaches 145ºF and let it rest for about 5 minutes. The pork will be slightly pink but not raw. It is 100% safe to eat pork with a blush of pink.

Here are the internal temperatures for pork. Make sure to pull the pork off the grill on the lower end of the temperature range. The pork will continue to cook once it is off the grill and the internal temperature will rise about an additional 5ºF.

  • 145-150ºF – Medium Rare
  • 150-155ºF – Medium
  • 155-160ºF – Medium Well
  • 160ºF plus – Well Done
cooked pork tenderloin slices drizzled with BBQ sauce

What to Serve with Pork Tenderloin

We LOVED this easy Orange Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin. It is very easy to make and is packed full of amazing flavor! We drizzled the cooked pork tenderloin with some extra BBQ sauce. YUM! The leftovers are equally delicious reheated the next day. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes to serve with this Orange Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin:

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Orange Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Yield: 6 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Orange Chipotle Grilled Pork Tenderloin – only 4 ingredients including the pork! So simple and packed FULL of amazing flavor! Pork tenderloin marinated in orange juice, BBQ sauce, and chipotle chili powder. Drizzle cooked pork with more BBQ sauce. Great for lunch, dinner, and cookouts. SO easy and delicious! #pork #grill #grilling #grilledpork #porktenderloin

Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup orange juice
  • ¾ cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 Tbsp chipotle chili powder
  • 2 (1 to 1.5-lb) pork tenderloins (2 to 3 pounds total)

Instructions:

  • Combine orange juice, BBQ sauce, and chili powder.
  • 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 145°F, approximately 12 to 15 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Notes:

Trim tough silver skin from pork tenderloin before marinating.
It is OK to eat pork that is pink. Pork is safe to eat at 145ºF.
Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature:
145-150ºF – Medium Rare
150-155ºF – Medium
155-160ºF – Medium Well
160ºF plus – Well Done
To cook pork without a grill, in a skillet or grill pan, sear pork tenderloin for 2 minutes on all sides. Transfer the skillet to the oven and cook at 400ºF for 10 to 12 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer stuck in the thickest part of the meat reads 145°F. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Steph

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  1. Wouldn’t the marinade be safe to pass as a sauce if you boiled and reduced it? (Or would it just taste icky after having sat all night?)

  2. This is going to be a new go to recipe at my house. I marinated the pork 8 hours and my husband grilled it to perfection, 150 degrees throughout. Everyone raved, this was delicious and easily fed 8 adults. I used Dinosaur BB! slathering sauce but I think any BBQ would work well. I didn't have chipotle paprika so I used 1 tsp of chipotle seasoning and 5 tsp paprika. Delicious!

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