Give grilled pork tenderloin a smoky-sweet kick of barbecue flavor with a quick marinade and an easy BBQ dry rub (190 calories or 3 WW points).
Grilled pork tenderloin is hard to mess up, especially because it’s naturally tender. But the leanness of this cut of pork means it has a milder flavor, too—which isn’t a bad thing!—since it can serve as a blank canvas on which you can add lots and lots of flavor. Here, I do just that, with an easy BBQ dry rub.
The ingredients for my BBQ dry rub are ones you probably already have in your spice cabinet: paprika, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and a pinch of cayenne. Combined, they form a flavorful smoky-savory crust on the pork, with a little bit of a kick, and the sugar rounds out those savory flavors and aids in browning.
Before applying the dry rub, I like to marinate the tenderloin in a quick bath of soy sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard to help seal in moisture and ensure we’ll end up with juicy grilled pork.
I love the way the smoky BBQ flavors in this grilled pork tenderloin pair with sweet summer corn and tomatoes, fresh cilantro…even lime. Enjoy!