Pork tenderloins are a very popular item to put on the grill during the warmer months of the year, and are much healthier than the breaded, fried versions often found in bars, diners and restaurants. Also, pork tenderloins that are prepared on the grill have that great grill taste, just like steaks, ribs, hamburgers and other meats do when prepared on the grill. What is the process necessary to grill pork tenderloins to juicy perfection? Read on to find out!
To Marinate or Not to Marinate?
Right off the bat, we have a choice that should be made, much of which depends on your own personal preference. Many people prefer to have their pork tenderloins just as they are bought in the store or market, perhaps with the exception of some seasoning for a little added flavor. However, others prefer to marinate their pork tenderloins ahead of time, often with Italian dressing.
If you choose to marinate with Italian dressing, do so for about an hour. You can usually just choose to do so right before you grill up your tasty pork tenderloins to be enjoyed. The only real guideline with marinades is to avoid salty marinades, as they tend to soak up moisture (and juices). You obviously do not want to dry out your pork tenderloins, so those kinds of marinades will not be conducive to your goals when preparing them for the grill.
The Grilling Begins
Follow these guidelines to grill your pork tenderloins to maximum quality:
- Preheat your grill to a high heat. If you are using a charcoal grill, put more of the charcoals on one side, to heat one side up more than the other.
- Place your tenderloins on the grill (on the hotter side, if using a charcoal grill). Flip when needed, making sure to sear each side until grill marks are visible, but no longer.
- Then, lower your grill’s temperature to a low-medium setting, and move the tenderloins there to slowly cook on the inside. For a charcoal grill, simply move the tenderloins to the cooler side of the grill.
- Every few minutes, check the temperature of the meat to see if it is ready. You probably should go for a temperature of 160 to 170 degrees. Of course, once you are experienced and have knowledge of how long it takes your grill to cook your pork tenderloins, you can probably go off of experience and appearance of the tenderloins.
Then, you’re done and it’s time to eat! You may find that you need to let the grilled pork tenderloins sit for a few minutes before enjoying them, depending on how hot they are. Pork tenderloins are great with any types of sides, but if you are interested, you can always grill some fresh vegetables to complete the meal, or use other sides that are great for cookouts, such as potato salad, potato chips or fruit for a refreshing and sweet complement to the grilled pork tenderloins.
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