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grilling two pork tenderloins, side by side, on a black grill pan.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Brown Sugar Rub

Katerina | Diethood
Seasoned with a sweet and balanced homemade rub, this festive Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Brown Sugar Rub can’t be beat! You’ll adore how lean and juicy this savory classic can be.
Servings : 4
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
10 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes




  • Trim the pork tenderloin of any excess fat and silverskin; then pat it dry with paper towels and set aside.
  • In a small mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients for the seasoning. Rub the seasoning all over the pork tenderloin. Set aside.
  • Preheat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • Brush the grill grates with vegetable oil and transfer the pork to the grill. Close the grill and cook for 16 to 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes.
  • Using an instant-read meat thermometer, check the pork for doneness; pork is cooked through when the internal temperature registers at 145˚F. Cooking time may vary depending on the size of the pork and on the grill.
  • Remove the pork from the grill and transfer it to a cutting board; let stand for about 5 to 8 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Serve with barbecue sauce.


  • Season to Taste: While my rub is a great base, use favorites like mesquite or Montreal steak.
  • Marinating Time: If time allows, let the pork marinate in the rub mixture for 30 minutes and up to 8 hours.
  • Prep Ahead: Consider trimming and seasoning the pork a day early and store it chilled until cooking.
  • Cooking Time: Due to grill and meat variations, adjust the cooking time as needed. A digital thermometer ensures the right internal temperature (145ºF) for perfect doneness.
  • Cutting: When serving, slice the tenderloin against the grain. This ensures that each piece is tender and easy to chew.


Calories: 212 kcal | Carbohydrates: 2 g | Protein: 35 g | Fat: 6 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2 g | Trans Fat: 0.1 g | Cholesterol: 111 mg | Sodium: 381 mg | Potassium: 689 mg | Fiber: 0.3 g | Sugar: 1 g | Vitamin A: 193 IU | Vitamin C: 0.3 mg | Calcium: 17 mg | Iron: 2 mg

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.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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