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Smoking a Pork Tenderloin


Joined Apr 2, 2011
Hey all!  Love your site!  First time poster here.  I've smoked ribs, pork shoulders, and a turkey breast before....but I picked up a new smoker tonight (a Master Forge Charcoal model) from Lowes.  And a bag of lump charcoal (on sale for $5 if anyone is interested). 
Anyways.....I got a whole chicken to roast and a 1.5 pound pork tenderloin.  I've got a brine going for the chicken to soak in overnight (cooking tomorrow).  I think I'm good on the chicken, but I unsure of how to go about the tenderloin.  I know it has little to no fat, so it drying out is a concern.  Should I let it get some good smokey flavor and then wrap it in foil until it finishes?  Or something else?


Joined Apr 2, 2011
Hmm...I meant to say I was going to smoke the chicken, not roast it.


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First off welcome Nathan to SMF. You'll like it here cause there are alot of really good folks that would just love to help you with anything to do with smoking. Now we like having new folks here to give a new prospective on some of the ways we do things around here. Now if you are really new then I would suggest that you sign up fir the 5-day E-course it free and it will give you the basics on smoking and a few recipes too. Here's a link to it:


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Smoke till 140* wrap in foil with some liquid and take till 200* and pull it. Yup, smoked tenderloin and loins are awesome pulled.

i is a moose

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Joined Feb 14, 2011
For the tenderloin, I like to slowly raise their internal temps to 100 degrees in a 225 degree smoker, the let them rest for 30 minutes, and then sear on highly stoked coals to get a nice flavor. I'll putt it off the grill at 135, and let it rest for another 30 minutes, during this time carry-over will bring it to 140-145, then slice and serve with apple sauce.

Welcome aboard, and happy smoking!
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If you want to keep it from drying out, a good idea is to wrap it in bacon. They are done when the IT is 140-145, so if you do like Moose say's & take it off at 135 and let it rest the IT will rise another few degrees. Here's a photo of a bacon wrapped loin I did not too long ago. It's a stuffed loin, not a tenderloin, but the same principles apply.



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Tenderloin=Grill, Loin=smoker. A tenderloin being so small will benefit little from smoke because of limited time in smoker. Marinade them, roll them around on a hot grill, wrap and let rest. No more than 140º internal.

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