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Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce is a super-easy way to shake up your weekend grilling. A simple plum sauce based on a jar of plum preserves is delightful paired with pork!

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce

I was on holiday with some girlfriends up in Harbor Springs, Michigan. We spent an afternoon strolling and shopping the quaint downtown and popped into the American Spoon shop. One foodie friend insisted I buy the Dansom Plum Preserves…and pointed me to a recipe for an oven-roasted pork roast in our local Junior League cookbook which called for said jam. I switched the original recipe up a bit by using pork tenderloins and grilling versus roasting, but the plum sauce remained the same. It’s brushed on the meat at the end of the grilling time, plus it’s passed with the sliced meat to serve. The hubby loved this Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce…but didn’t take me up on the sauce on the side. Ketchup is more his style!

Sliced Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Plumb Sauce on a cutting board


Tips for Grilling Pork Tenderloin

We grill all year round. This is an extremely simple recipe plus the sauce makes it company-worthy without a lot of effort. 

Purchase trimmed pork tenderloins if possible. This is when the butcher has removed all of the tough silver skin.

Make sure to allow some time for the pork tenderloin to rest in the refrigerator after they’re coated with seasonings.

Be sure not to overcook the tenderloins or they will be dry. A little pink in the center is just fine.

It is now safe to eat pork cooked to 145º. The USDA updated the previous recommendation of 160º a few years ago. Also, let your meat rest under some aluminum foil for a few minutes before slicing for the best results.


Sliced Grillled Pork tenderloin on a white dinner plate


Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce

Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce

An easy grilled pork tenderloin paired with a simple plum sauce.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 8 servings


  • 3 pounds pork tenderloins
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Plum Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup plum jam or preserves (I use American Spoon Foods Plum Preserves)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Pinch of allspice (optional)


  1. Combine garlic, sage, pepper, salt and olive oil. Rub mixture over pork. Park in refrigerator for a couple hours or longer to let flavors penetrate meat.
  2. Grill to desired temperature…make sauce while meat is cooking.
  3. Combine all sauce ingredients and bring to boil. Reduce heat and cook for 2 minutes. Brush on pork during last few minutes of grilling . Serve remainder of sauce at the table. You may double sauce amounts if desired.


Adapted from Winners cookbook (Jr. League of Indpls)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 333Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 588mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 45g
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51 comments on “Pork Tenderloin with Plum Sauce”

  1. Looks delicious, love the plum sauce with the pork tenderloin!!

  2. Liz, please teach me the ways of cooking meat. Your tenderloin looks so perfectly cooked and juicy! I’m always so paranoid about uncooked meat and food poisoning that I ruin the meat by overcooking it. Dried pork is the worst and that’s how I always serve it to my husband (poor guy). Maybe I just need to make a vat of this plum sauce and slather it on!

  3. Once the FDA drops the recommended temperature for a safely cooked pork to 145, pork dishes got so much better! I’ve been eating dry, tough pork for years. Your pork looks absolutely perfect and I adore the plum sauce!

  4. I love everything about this dish, Liz. Delicious pork loin meet amazing plum sauce. Yum!

  5. This sounds like a perfect weekend family dinner. I love the addition of that plum sauce. This sounds just wonderful!

  6. Beautiful dinner. I love the plum sauce with the pork. Spectacular flavors. 🙂

  7. I thought I was the only one who loved plum sauce on pork! Yay!

  8. Lizzy,
    Oooo…. I would love to have some of this! For some reason though, my tenderloins usually get overcooked.

  9. In all of the years I’ve lived on this planet, can you believe I’ve NEVER tried plum sauce? This looks too good NOT to try!

  10. Now I really really want to try pork tenderloin with this sauce! I like ketchup too but I like sauces even more. 🙂 I love how you make a pork tenderloin look absolutely beautiful!

  11. The plum sauce is tailor made for this!

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