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Smoked Pork Tenderloin - So Lean and Delicious

While much of the pork that we smoke and grill is anything but healthy, smoked pork tenderloin rivals lean white meat chicken in calories, fat and cholesterol. Eat it because it tastes amazing and enjoy the fact that it’s also healthy!
Course Entree
Cuisine Hot Smoking
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Servings 4 -6
Author Jeff Phillips

Ingredients

  • Pork Tenderloin (usually come 2 to a package)
  • Mayonnaise (optional)
  • Yellow mustard (optional)
  • Jeff's original rub recipe (purchase recipes here)
  • Jeff's Texas style rub recipe (purchase recipes here)

Instructions

Step 1: Rinse

  • These often come packaged in sets of (2) and it rarely says so on the package for some reason. A good way to tell is by the weight-- most tenderloins will weigh around 1 lb each so a 2 lb package probably has (2) tenderloins. If it says 1.17 lbs, there's probably only one in there.
  • Remove these from the package and give them a good rinse under cold water.
  • Pat dry with a paper towel and lay them on the cutting board.

Step 2: Remove Silverskin

  • Use a very sharp knife to remove the silverskin that will often be along one side.
  • Slip the knife under one end and just follow it to the end. If you miss a part of it, just give it another go.
  • While you have the knife in hand, it's a good idea to remove any excess fat as well.

Step 3: Apply Rub

  • I normally use my original rub on all pork but I wanted to try out the Texas style recipe on these pork tenderloins so I did one with the original recipe and one with the Texas style recipe.
  • As an afterthought, I also decided to use a different sticking base for each one.
  • Mayonnaise contains oil and egg and makes a great base for applying rub and helping it to stick. I often use this on chicken but felt it would marry better with the Texas style rub recipe.
  • I used my normal mustard base with the original rub recipe on the other pork tenderloin.
  • Make sure to get the rub applied well to all sides and the ends.

Step 4: Set up Smoker

  • Set up your smoker for cooking at about 225-240°F.
  • If your smoker came with a water pan, use it.
  • When your smoker is up to temperature and holding steady, it's time to cook.

Step 5: Smoke Cook

  • I placed the tenderloins on a Bradley rack to make it easy but you can also just place them directly on the smoker grate.
  • Keep the smoke going for at least 30 minutes but it's ok to keep a light smoke going for the entire time as well.
  • I highly recommend the use of a remote digital probe meat thermometer.
  • Is it vitally important that the pork tenderloin be removed from the smoker at 145°F. This is the safe temperature for pork.

Step 6: Serve

  • Place a foil pan or a piece of foil over the tenderloins for about 10 minutes to let them rest.
  • Once rested, slice the pork into pieces and serve immediately.