Best Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Written by Mike Futia | Updated October 18, 2023

This smoked pork tenderloin is tender, juicy, and an excellent choice for your next backyard BBQ adventure. 

In this smoker recipe, we're preparing a simple pork rub, and letting the smoker do all the heavy lifting.

Best of all, the pork tenderloin will finish cooking in just an hour and a half!

smoked pork tenderloin

How To Make Smoked Pork Tenderloin

To prepare the pork tenderloin, we're applying a little bit of mustard, and then hitting it with our homemade pork rub.

smoked pork tenderloin

Then we're firing up the Traeger at 225F degrees, and going low and slow until the pork hits 145F internal, which is about 90 minutes.

Serve with a green leaf salad, or as a pork sandwich, and you'll never cook pork tenderloin any other way!

pork tenderloin

The Ingredients

  • Pork tenderloin (2 tenderloins). We got the Swift brand from Costco.
  • Yellow mustard (1 tbsp). To act as a binder for our rub.
  • Rub (1/4 cup). We used our homemade pork rub for this recipe, but you can use whatever seasoning you like.

The Directions

pork tenderloin

1. Preheat your smoker to 225F degrees. We used cherry pellets for this smoke and our smoke tube. Meanwhile, trim any excess fat from the pork tenderloin.

pork tenderloin mustard rub

2. Apply the mustard liberally to all side of the tenderloin. 

smoked pork tenderloin with rub

3. Apply the pork rub to all sides of the tenderloin. Allow the rub to adhere to the pork for 10 minutes on the counter.

smoked pork tenderloin on traeger

4. Place the tenderloin directly on the grates of your smoker. Insert a meat thermometer to monitor the temperature, and close the grill.

smoked pork tenderloin on traeger

5. Cook your pork tenderloin to 145F internal, and then remove from your smoker and allow it to rest for a few minutes.

smoked pork tenderloin

6. Slice your pork tenderloin, serve, and ENJOY!

Storage Tips

  • To Store. You can store these smoked pork tenderloins in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3-4 days. 
  • To Reheat. You can reheat this pork tenderloin in a 325F degree oven for 10-15 minutes. Just make sure to cover the pork in foil to prevent it from drying out.

Sides Dishes & Serving Suggestions For Smoked Pork Tenderloin

smoked baked beans

A flavorful side dish that adds a hearty and savory element to the meal.

smoked mac and cheese

A classic comfort food that pairs nicely with the steak.

smoked corn on the cob with a pork chop

A summer classic that goes perfectly with pork.

Recommended Tools

  • Traeger Grill. I love my Traeger 780 for all things smoking!
  • Pellets. I've really been digging the pellets from BBQ'ers Delight.
  • Meat Thermometer. I use this MEATER to keep an eye on the internal temp during the cook, and then just to be sure, I also check it with this Thermapen One at the end of the cook just to be extra sure.

Things To Know

How Long Does It Take To Smoke A Pork Tenderloin?

It takes about 90 minutes to smoke a pork tenderloin on a smoker set to 225F degrees.

How Do You Smoke A Pork Tenderloin Without Drying It Out?

You can spritz the pork tenderloin with apple cider vinegar and apple juice every 30 minutes to prevent it from drying out. This will also help the smoke adhere to the meat.

Do You Wrap A Pork Tenderloin When Smoking It?

You shouldn't wrap a pork tenderloin when smoking it because this will prevent the smoke from flavoring the meat.

smoked pork tenderloin

The Best Smoked Pork Tenderloin (On The Traeger)

Delicious and juicy smoked pork tenderloin recipe | Enjoy tender and flavorful pork with a crispy crust. Perfectly smoked on the Traeger.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Servings 6 people
Calories 28 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pieces pork tenderloin
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/4 cup seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your smoker to 225F degrees. We used cherry pellets for this smoke. Meanwhile, trim any excess fat from the pork tenderloin.
  • Apply the mustard liberally to all side of the tenderloin.
  • Apply the pork rub to all sides of the tenderloin. Allow the rub to adhere to the pork for 10 minutes on the counter.
  • Place the tenderloin directly on the grates of your smoker. Insert a meat thermometer to monitor the temperature, and close the grill.
  • Cook your pork tenderloin to 145F internal, and then remove from your smoker and allow it to rest for a few minutes.
  • Slice your pork tenderloin, serve, and ENJOY!

Nutrition

Calories: 28kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0.2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 0.2mgSodium: 30mgPotassium: 129mgFiber: 4gSugar: 0.4gVitamin A: 169IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 159mgIron: 4mg
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Mike Futia

Hello, I'm Mike Futia, a passionate griller and BBQ enthusiast. I'm the creator of Grill Frenzy, and I'm committed to sharing my knowledge of grilling and smoking with you. I believe that BBQ and grilling should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting out, I'm here to guide you on your grilling journey. Welcome!


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