You’ll love this Traeger pork tenderloin smoked to perfection with a delicious Honey Garlic Mustard Sauce.
Pork tenderloin (also called pork fillet) is a narrow, long cut of meat which is great for smoking slow and low for a crispy bark on the outside, and a lovely juicy tender interior.
- Traeger Pork Tenderloin with Honey Garlic Mustard Sauce
- 1 Get your Traeger Pellet Grill up to 225F
- 2 Prepare the Pork Tenderloin
- 3 Smoke the Pork at 225F Until Internal Temp 145F
- 4 Rest Slice and Serve the Pork Tenderloin
- 5 Make the Honey Garlic Mustard Sauce
- Recipe Notes
- Grilling Vs Smoking Pork Tenderloin
- Pork Loin Vs Pork Tenderloin
- Sides for Pork Tenderloin
- Recommended Further Reading on Traeger Pork Tenderloin
Traeger Pork Tenderloin with Honey Garlic Mustard Sauce
1 Get your Traeger Pellet Grill up to 225F
Set your Traeger (obviously you can use Pit Boss or whatever grill you own) to 225F on the Super Smoke setting. Place apple wood pellets in the hopper and smoke for around 10-15 minutes with the lid open.
2 Prepare the Pork Tenderloin
Pat the pork tenderloin dry and then cover it liberally with Traeger Pork Rub (other good options would be Meat Church Honey Hog Rub or see Recipe Notes for a Homemade BBQ rub), salt and pepper. Set aside for a little while to marinade and take on flavour.
Traeger Pork Tenderloin Dusted with BBQ Rub
3 Smoke the Pork at 225F Until Internal Temp 145F
Put your tenderloin on the grills and close the lid. The pork will take around 2.5-3 hours to come up to an internal temperature of 145F.
Optional – Use a Wireless Meat Probe Thermometer For Ease and Accuracy.
4 Rest Slice and Serve the Pork Tenderloin
Rest your meat for 5-10 minutes, cut into thin slices and serve.
5 Make the Honey Garlic Mustard Sauce
While the pork is resting make your sauce in the pan.
- 1 large clove of finely chopped garlic
- A small bunch of finely chopped rosemary
- A small bunch of finely chopped thyme
- A small bunch of finely chopped parsley
- A little butter or olive oil
- A tablespoon of good quality honey
- A tablespoon of good quality Dijon mustard
- A tablespoon of Double Cream or Creme Fraiche
- Optional – a small glass of white wine
Fry the garlic in a little oil or butter in a medium hot pan for around a minute or 2 until lightly golden. Add all the other ingredients (except the cream and white wine if using) to the pan and stir to combine.
Heat for 2-3 minutes.
Add in the wine if using, and give it a few minutes to evaporate off.
Add the cream in at the very end of cooking to let it heat just through.
If you want to make your own BBQ Pork Rub at home, try this one.
- 1 Tablespoon of Coarse Salt
- 2 Teaspoons of Black Pepper
- 2 Tablespoons of Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 Teaspoon of Chilli Powder
- 3 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
- 1 Teaspoon of Onion Powder
- 1 Teaspoon of Garlic Powder
- 1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Grilling Vs Smoking Pork Tenderloin
If you want to grill your pork tenderloin hot and fast on the grills you’ll need a high heat – 400F (C) to cook it for around 12-15 minutes on your pellet grill.
Pork tenderloin lends itself well to grilling as well as smoking because it is a lean, narrow cut, unlike pork loin which is bigger and fattier and needs a longer cook time to break down its connective tissues.
It’s always better to smoke it slow and low if you have the time because this is the best way to infuse flavour into your meat.
Pork Loin Vs Pork Tenderloin
Despite having a similar name these are 2 very different cuts of meat. Pork tenderloin is a smaller, leaner cut than pork loin which is thicker, larger and contains more fat.
Sides for Pork Tenderloin
- Mashed Potatoes
- Roast Potatoes
- Fresh Green Salad
- Roasted Vegetables – Carrot, Parsnip, Cauliflower, Broccoli etc
- Steamed Rice
For more ideas try below.