This perfectly balanced Easy Pork Tenderloin Marinade is a simple way to infuse delicious flavor into your grilled pork!

Marinades are liquids with an acid and seasonings that will tenderize as well as create a moist, tasty dish! 

 

Why You’ll Love this Pork Marinade

  • It complements the pork perfectly with a combination of sweet and savory flavors.
  • Grilling adds a bonus of smoky nuances.
  • The pork is fork-tender since the lemon juice in the marinade acts as a tenderizer.                               

Frequently Asked Questions

 What Flavors Complement Pork?

When seasoning pork or putting together a marinade, the flavors from garlic, mustard, and ginger go great with pork. Also, consider herbs like thyme, oregano, rosemary, and sage along with celery seed which also pair well with pork.

What Side Dishes Can You Serve with Grilled Pork?

A classic pairing is pork and apples, so saute some apples in butter with just a light sprinkle of sugar or make homemade applesauce to serve with your pork dish. Roasted potatoes, twice-baked potatoes, a green salad, and roasted vegetables are excellent options to round out your meal.

How Long Should You Marinate Pork?

To get the most flavor from your marinade, pork should marinate 3-12 hours. Check out all my post with loads of marinade recipes and tips for more details.

Sliced pork tenderloin on a white tray grilled with an easy pork marinade

Tips for Marinating Pork

  • PRO-Tip: Marinate in either a gallon Ziploc bag or a non-reactive dish (glass, Pyrex, or ceramic). The acid in the marinade can react with metal so avoid using a metal pan to marinate.
  • Pork can be marinated for up to 12 hours. Marinating for 24+ hours could possibly break down the muscle fibers and make the meat mushy, dry or tough.
  • PRO-Tip: Marinate in the refrigerator, but the pork should be brought out and kept at room temperature for 30-60 minutes before grilling. This will help for more even cooking.
  • Grill to at least 135°, then cover with foil to rest for 10 minutes to allow the juices to redistribute and the internal temperature to rise another 10° to 145°, the FDA’s recommendation for safety.
  • The brown sugar and oil in the marinade may flare up during grilling, so having a water bottle nearby helps to minimize unwanted charring.
  • If you can’t grill this pork, you can roast it in the oven. Just check the temperature with a meat thermometer for doneness.

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Tenderloin slices on a white plate with salad

Easy Pork Tenderloin Marinade

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Additional Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 25 minutes
Yield 6 servings

A well balanced sweet and savory marinade adds delicious flavor to pork tenderloin.

Ingredients

  • 2 pork tenderloins, should total 2-2½ pounds, trimmed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

Instructions

  1. In a large Pyrex measuring up or mixing bowl, whisk together all the marinade ingredients.
  2. Place the pork in a large Ziploc bag or a Pyrex casserole dish.
  3. Add the marinade to the bag or dish, turning the pork so that all sides are coated with marinade.
  4. If using a dish, cover with plastic wrap. Place in the refigerator and marinate for up to 12 hours, turning 2 or 3 times.
  5. Grill until the internal temperature reaches 135°. Place the pork on a platter, cover with foil, and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
  6. Toss marinade.

Notes

This recipe is adapted from Dinner at the Zoo.

Covering the pork with foil and letting it rest will allow the internal temperature to rise to 145°, the FDA's recommended serving temperature.

Never reuse the marinade as it's contaminated with raw meat juices.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

6

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 151Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 711mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 0gSugar: 6gProtein: 8g

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