What is it about the inner carnivore in humans that make us love to eat things off of a stick? If you think about it, that’s exactly what a rib is and if it doesn’t come with it’s own stick.. well, then we insert one.

This smoked pork tenderloin on a stick can serve as dinner laid across a bed of rice with some summer vegetables or you can eat them by themselves as a game time appetizer or a party dish while your guests wait on the real food.

Extremely versatile and did I mention that these are quick and easy to make?

Smokes to a perfect 145 in about 1 hour and if you want to give them a little smoke then some sizzle on the grill, well, you can do that too.

Important Information
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Marinate Time: 8 hours (or overnight)
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Smoker Temp: 230 degrees F
  • Meat Finish Temp: 145 F
  • Recommended Wood: Hickory
What You’ll Need
  • 2 pork tenderloins (about 1.5 lb each and usually come 2 per pack)
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Jeff’s rub and sauce (purchase recipes here)
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Wooden skewers
  • Honey

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Cleaning up the Tenderloins

Lay the tenderloins on the cutting board and remove as much of the visible fat and silverskin that you can. Using a very sharp knife will do wonders for you here.

Pork tenderloins on cutting board Pork tenderloins -fat and silverskin removed

Cutting the Tenderloins into Strips

Press one of the tenderloins down flat with the flat edge of your knife or the palm of your hand.

Pork tenderloin pressed flat

Cut the tenderloin into strips that are about 1/4 inch wide. Don’t stress over this as it does not have to be perfect.

pork tenderloin cut diagram Pork tenderloin cut into 1/4 inch strips

Marinating the Strips of Pork Tenderloin

Place the strips into a gallon sized Ziploc bag or plastic/glass bowl with:

  • Worcestershire (enough to cover)
  • 1/3 cup of Jeff’s rub (purchase recipe here)
  • 2-3 TBS of red pepper flakes (optional and only if you like things a little spicier)

Place the bag or bowl into the fridge overnight (8-10 hours). If you can it is always a good idea to stir things around a little at the halfway point to make sure that everything is getting well marinated in there.

Putting the Meat onto the Sticks

My skewers were about 12 inches long and I wanted the meat to be in the middle so you could hold the stick on both sides.

Place about 2 strips on each stick by pushing the stick through the top of the strip and then through the bottom giving you the fan pattern. Push the meat toward the center of the stick so that it is fairly tight.

You should get about 4 skewers per 1.5 lb tenderloin.

Marinated pork tenderloin strips put onto sticks Pork tenderloin on a stick ready for the smoker

Smoking the Sticks of Pork Tenderloin

Set up your smoker for cooking at about 230 degrees F and enough smoking wood for about an hour of smoke.

Once the smoker is ready and maintaining, place the sticks of pork tenderloin directly on the grate. If you have the Bradley racks like I do, this will be a very easy thing to do.

Pork Tenderoin on sticks in the Bradley rack

Finishing Up

The new and safe done temperature for pork such as loin and tenderloin is 145 degrees F and this is a wonderful thing since this allows it to be juicy and tender as it should be.

Use a thermometer such as the super-fast thermapen or a remote digital meat thermometer like the Maverick ET-732 to monitor the temperature so you can remove it right when it is in it’s most perfect state.

For thin meats like this, the super-fast thermapen will work much better if you have one.

Depending on how thick you ended up slicing the meat, it should take about 45 minutes to an hour to smoke cook these to 145 degrees F.

About 30 minutes into the process, brush the honey barbecue sauce (recipe below) onto the meat. Brush on more about 15 minutes later.

Honey Barbecue Sauce

Mix together well. Works best if the honey is heated just a little.

Pork Tenderloin on a stick finished and ready to eat

 

Smoked Onions

This goes great with the pork tenderloin especially if you are eating it over rice as a meal.

Slice red onions about 1/2 inch thick and place a toothpick through it to hold the rings together.

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Lay the onion slices on a Bradley rack and coat with olive oil and a good sprinkling of my rub.

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Put the  onions in the smoker at 230 degrees F about 30 minutes before the tenderloins go on if you want them to be really soft (wimpy). 1.5 hours was perfect for me.

If you want them to have a little al-dente to them, then 1 hour is good.

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Brush on a little of the honey barbecue sauce about 30 minutes before they are done cooking.

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1 Comment on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Peter De Groot October 27, 2013 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Just tried this recipe over the weekend and it turned out great.  I used the the small left over chucks and turned my meat probe on my maverick 732 into its own skewer.  Great way to keep an eye on temps!

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