Grilled Pork Tenderloin

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Served with a tangy tomato-based salsa featuring fresh avocados and dried apricots, this is the tastiest Grilled Pork Tenderloin imaginable! Sweet, savory and citrusy flavors will delight your taste buds in each bite of this hearty dinner.

Looking for more ways to cook pork tenderloin? Try this Instant Pot Pork Tenderloin recipe!

A serving plate holding a batch of grilled pork tenderloin covered in apricot salsa

Juicy Grilled Pork With Avocado Apricot Salsa

The combination of tender pork and chunky salsa will always be a family favorite of ours. Specifically, this grilled pork tenderloin and the accompanying apricot salsa, which beautifully complements the balsamic marinade used to prep the meat. Between the creamy avocado chunks, the tart lemon zest, the herby chopped parsley and the sweet dried apricots, that juicy pork is pampered with next-level flavor.

Aside from the time it takes to marinate the meat, this meal comes together in just 30 minutes. It’s great for backyard barbecues and can even be cooked over the stove with the help of your handy grill pan. That means you can enjoy this sumptuous pork dinner all year long!

A halved avocado, sliced onions, dried apricots and fresh parsley on a wooden cutting board

What You’ll Need

Get started on your grilled pork tenderloin by rounding up the ingredients listed below. You’ll find the precise amounts in the recipe card toward the end of this post.

  • Pork Tenderloins
  • Frontera Roasted Tomato Salsa: Or better yet, make this easy Avocado Tomatillo Salsa [LINK] from scratch.
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Use your favorite brand.
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • Red Onion: Cut into 1/3-inch thick slices.
  • Dried Apricots: Chop them into small chunks and toss them with some hot water to soften them up.
  • Fresh Chopped Parsley
  • Fresh Lemon Zest: Finely chopped.
  • Ripe Avocado: Halved, pitted, peeled and diced. I like to use a Hass avocado as it has a richer, creamier texture.
  • Salt: Added to taste.

Will Other Cuts of Pork Work for This Recipe?

Not well – pork tenderloin is a unique cut of meat that shouldn’t be substituted. Even though pork loin has a similar name, this cut requires a totally different cook time. Stick with pork tenderloin for guaranteed success.

How to Make Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Do not prepare the onion, dried apricots, parsley, lemon zest and avocado right away. You won’t need the onions until you’re ready to cook the pork, and the rest of the salsa ingredients come into play once the cooking process is complete.

Marinate Pork: Cut each pork tenderloin in half. Mix together 1 cup of the tomato salsa with the Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar. Place the pork into a large resealable bag or airtight container, then pour in the marinade. Seal the bag/container and refrigerate the marinating pork for at least six hours, or overnight.

Heat Grill: Preheat a gas grill to medium.

Cook Pork & Onions: Arrange the pork in the center of the grill, reserving the marinade in the bag for later use. Lay the red onion slices on the cooler section of the grill. Cover the grill and cook until the pork is nicely browned underneath and the onions are softening, about 10 minutes.

Flip & Baste: Turn the pork and onions over, then baste them both liberally with the reserved marinade. Any remaining marinade can be discarded.

Continue Cooking: Cover the grill and continue to cook until the pork reads 150°F on a meat thermometer, about 5 minutes more.

Let Rest: Transfer the grilled pork to a cutting board and tent it with aluminum foil, letting each tenderloin rest for at least 5 minutes.

A freshly grilled pork tenderloin on top of a piece of aluminum foil

Make Salsa: While the pork is resting, chop up the onion slices and transfer them to a bowl. Add the remaining tomato salsa along with the prepared apricots, parsley, lemon zest and avocado. Add salt to taste and stir the salsa gently.

A wooden bowl full of homemade avocado apricot salsa

Slice Pork & Serve With Salsa: Thinly slice the pork and generously spoon salsa over the slices just before enjoying.

How Long Can You Marinate Pork Tenderloin?

I wouldn’t let your pork soak in the marinade for much longer than 12 hours. After a certain point, the vinegar will go from tenderizing the meat to making it rubbery. Plan accordingly to avoid that disappointment. As long as you let it marinate for 6-12 hours, your pork will come out perfect!

Tips for Success

Want more ways to ensure a flawless result? Take note of my grilled pork tenderloin tips and tricks.

  • Make Sure the Pork is Coated in the Marinade: After pouring the marinade over your pork, squeezing the air out of the bag and sealing it, massage the marinade into the meat through the bag to make sure it’s fully coated. If you’re marinating the pork in a container, shake it gently from side to side.
  • Use Tongs to Handle Hot Pork & Onions: Do not touch the pork or onions while they’re grilling. Instead, use tongs to flip them over and remove them from the heat. This keeps your hands and fingers away from the open flames.
  • Grab That Meat Thermometer: Checking the internal temperature of the meat is the only way to confirm that your pork is done cooking. Insert your meat thermometer into the thickest part of each tenderloin, removing them from the grill once they register at 150°F.
  • Don’t Skimp on the Resting Time: Remember to tent your grilled pork with foil and let it rest for at least 5 minutes before you slice it up. This allows the juices to redistribute, giving you the most tender and juicy meat you could hope for.
A serving platter full of grilled pork tenderloin beside a bowl of homemade salsa

Serving Suggestions

This flavorful main course deserves an equally scrumptious side dish to go with it. You can’t go wrong with any of these!

  • Pair With Grilled Potatoes: Fresh parsley, basil pesto, minced garlic and more make these fluffy Pesto Potato Wedges utterly irresistible. They’re easy to grill in foil packets and can also be baked!
  • Serve With Cabbage Slaw: Crunchy shredded veggies tossed with a tangy apple cider vinaigrette? Count me in! This Red Cabbage Carrot Slaw is a 15-minute godsend that tastes great alongside grilled pork tenderloin.
  • Pair With Dinner Rolls: Stuffed with cheese and topped with nutty sesame seeds, these Macedonian Dinner Rolls will sweep you off your feet! They’re wonderfully soft and fluffy with the ultimate golden-brown crust.
Slices of grilled pork tenderloin on a plate with avocado salsa on top of the pork

Storing and Reheating Leftovers

Transfer your cooled leftovers to an airtight container and store them in the fridge for up to 2 days. If you store the salsa and pork in separate airtight containers, the meat will last for up to 3 days. Warm up extra pork (without the salsa) in a 350°F oven with a piece of foil tented over it. The meat should heat through in 10-15 minutes.

Does This Recipe Freeze Well?

Although the avocado salsa doesn’t do too well in the freezer, the grilled pork tenderloin can be frozen for up to 3 months. Transfer the cooled meat to an airtight container and keep it in the freezer, thawing it out in the fridge before you reheat it.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Marination6 hrs
Total Time6 hrs 30 mins
Served with a tangy tomato-based salsa featuring fresh avocados and dried apricots, this is the tastiest Grilled Pork Tenderloin imaginable! Sweet, savory and citrusy flavors will delight your taste buds in each bite of this hearty dinner.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 207

Equipment

  • Grill

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 lbs pork tenderloins
  • 16 oz jar Frontera Roasted Tomato Salsa
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 medium-large red onion cut into 1/3-inch thick slices
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots chopped and tossed with a little hot water to soften
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  • 2 tsp lemon zest finely chopped
  • 1 ripe avocado halved, pitted, peeled and diced. I like to use a Hass avocado
  • salt to taste

Instructions 

  • Cut each pork tenderloin in half. Mix together 1 cup of the salsa with the Worcestershire and vinegar.
  • Place the pork in a large resealable bag, and pour salsa mixture inside bag. Seal bag and refrigerate for six hours or overnight.
  • Preheat a gas grill to medium.
  • Arrange pork in the center of the grill; reserve the marinade. Lay the red onion slices on the cooler section of the grill. Cover grill and cook until pork is nicely browned underneath and onions are softening, about 10 minutes.
  • Turn pork and onions over. Baste pork and onions liberally with reserved marinade. Discard any remaining marinade.
  • Cover the grill and cook until the pork reads 150°F on a meat thermometer, about 5 minutes more. Transfer pork to cutting board and tent with foil, letting it rest for at least 5 minutes.
  • Chop the onion slices and transfer to a bowl. Add remaining salsa, apricots, parsley, lemon zest and avocado; season with salt and stir gently.
  • Thinly slice pork and generously spoon salsa over slices just before serving.

Notes

  • Makes 8-10 servings.
  • To Store & Reheat: Transfer cooled leftovers to an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days. If salsa and pork are stored separately, the meat will last for up to 3 days. Reheat extra pork (without salsa) in a 350°F oven with a piece of foil tented over it until heated through (10-15 minutes).
  • To Freeze: Pork can be frozen without salsa for up to 3 months. Transfer cooled meat to an airtight container and freeze, thawing in the fridge before reheating.
Nutrition Facts
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 74mg25%
Sodium 404mg17%
Potassium 787mg22%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 25g50%
Vitamin A 554IU11%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Keywords: avocado salsa, grilling pork tenderloin, pork tenderloin marinade

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20 Responses
  1. Carole

    thanks for stopping by Katerina. I am now following you via my new bestie Bloglovin. Hope to see you again soon. Cheers

  2. Carole

    Lovely work, Katerina! Would you be happy to link it in to the current Food on Friday which is creating a collection of recipes using apricots or nectarines? This is the link . I do hope to see you there. There are already quite a lot of links for you to check out. Cheers

  3. mjskit

    What a dinner party! I want to come to the next one. 🙂 I want to make all of these recipe, especially the avocado apricot salsa and tenderloin. What a entree! Great job. I’m sure you did Rick B. proud.

  4. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    I love avocado and eat it almost everyday (just finished a quick avocado sandwich). I want to go to your parties! 😀 I’ll watch your girls while you cook, wait I want to be in your kitchen too to see you cook. 😉 Thanks for the avocado salsa recipe!

  5. Sarah | Yahoo! Shine

    What’s even better than a dinner party? An impromptu dinner party! I love the easy coming together of a party that happens on the fly. Everyone’s expectations are relaxed, and the food becomes the background for a good, chill hangout. Everything you served looks amazing, and would make a great contribution to this month’s Shine Supper Club. Hope you’ll join us!

  6. Valerie

    Please let me know the next time you host a dinner party – I’ll hop on the next train/plane! 😀

    This salsa is the perfect excuse to buy more avocados (and play with my colourful new knife-set!).

  7. Guacgrl

    Thank you Katerina!
    We’re happy to hear you had a great time!

    Absolutely LOVE your photos! WOW! They really do justice to the amazing recipe.

  8. Deanna

    I found some pork tenderloin that I didn’t even know I had in the freezer so this is good timing! Must try the salsa with it.We have been grilling at least 2-3 times a week.

    Great pics! Did you take a photography class or just pretty much picked up photography on your own?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Thanks SO much, Deanna!! 🙂 I have never taken a photography class. I learned/still learning simply by studying it, following food photographers’ blogs, trial and error… 🙂

  9. PolaM

    I just recently went to Frontera and I must admit the food is pretty darn good there! Have to try reproducing some of the recipes!

  10. A_Boleyn

    You throw great dinner parties if they’re all like this one. I love all the green … tomatillos, parsley, cilantro, poblano chile and, of course, those beautiful avocados.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Thank you, sweetheart!! You are welcome to come any time! 🙂 The food was incredible – I can’t wait to make this delicious meal again!

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I'm Katerina, a cookie-maker & picture-taker! For me, eating is a moment to share, an enjoyment, a passion. I hope you enjoy my recipes!

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