The warm spring-like weather makes it the perfect time for grilling.  This is a simple recipe that doesn’t take much time, just a little planning ahead.  The wood grilling plank was something I had heard about, but never tried until now.  It is an excellent way to add great flavor and the moisture in the plank keeps the tenderloin moist and tender.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy this as much as Meagan and I did!
Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin

1-1.5lb Pork Tenderloin
Chili-Lime Rub with Sea Salt (from Williams-Sonoma)
3 Tablespoons of Melted Butter
1 Tablespoon Sea Salt
Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Other Items:
1 Hickory Grilling Plank
Meat Thermometer
Basting Brush
Spray Bottle with Water (only if plank seems to be drying out while cooking)

Preparation:Submerge Plank in water for a minimum of 1 hour prior to grilling, however 5-8 hours is ideal
Add Sea Salt to water for additional flavor
Drizzle olive oil over tenderloins and spread evenly
Generously coat pork tenderloin on all sides with chili rub
Let rub rest on pork loin for at least 30 mins
Preheat grill to 450-500 Degrees
Melt butter right before grilling to brush over pork loin as you flip the meat to keep it moist
Remove Plank from water and dry; Then rub olive oil over one side of plank to keep meat from sticking
Place plank on preheated grill and let warm up for 5-8 minutes until it looks hot
While plank is warming, place tenderloin on grill to sear each side prior to cooking on plank
Once searing is complete, place tenderloin on plank; Keep temperature at 500 degrees
Brush butter over tenderloin occasionally as you see fit
Do not turn meat very often; Let it rest and slow cook on the plank
Once meat reaches 160 degrees in the center at the thickest point it is ready

Let rest for a few minutes than slice into 1/2″ thick slices

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9 comments on “Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin”

  1. QUOTE: (the moment I saw your title and the first picture)… “Ooooh, that sounds G-O-O-O-OD!!!” Thanks for kicking off grilling season with a kickin’ recipe!

  2. We’ve never used the grilling planks but I’m very intrigued by them. You definitely have me craving pork now. Love the color of the meat in that first shot!

  3. OH I have pork tenderloin in the fridge that I was trying to decided what to with. Now I know. Thanks!

  4. mmm, this looks lovely! I’ll be buying a pork tenderloin this weekend!! 🙂

  5. This sounds so delicious, I love the flavors:)

  6. Looks like a great recipe. I’ll give it a try with my next pork tenderloin. Thanks.

  7. Wow this looks so tasty! Love the rub too.

  8. I have never tried the wood plank before….what a neat way to cook this. Delicious flavor combination.

  9. I’ve used the wood planks once or twice, but I just never think of it or I’d use it more often. Thanks for the reminder as well as that wonderful recipe. The pork looks perfect.

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