Mexican Inspired Grilled Pork Tenderloin

For a simply sizzling meal, try this Mexican Inspired Grilled Pork Tenderloin for your next outdoor grilling adventure. It has a wonderful blend of Mexican spices such as cumin, oregano, and garlic, balanced by a blend of smoked paprika and brown sugar. It is delicious as is on my grilled pork tenderlion but can be amazing on pork ribs, pork butt an even pork chops.

Now if your like myself, whenever I see a picture in a magazine of the “perfect” pork tenderloin, rack of lamb, or roast along with a trillion different ingredients, I am immediately skeptical as to how it can actually look that “perfect” and yet taste even better. As if you aren’t already confused enough, then here I come along telling you that my pork recipe by far puts out the best pork you have ever had and it is so easy. This all leaves your scracthing your head wondering who is actually right?

Well, for one- I am right and they are wrong. I am never seldom wrong:) only kidding. We all know that is not the truth. But in all honesty,  I really am right on this one- or at least in the opinon of my friends and family. This pork is dry rubbed then refrigerated for 4 hours (hence do it in the morning) then wet rubbed or loaded down with a wet marinade  for another 4 hours (hence do this after lunch) then grilled to culinary perfection for 15-20 minutes (hence its the husband’s turn to cook). The end result, a gorgeous, gorgeous piece of meat that you won’t be able to take your eyes off of.

There are tantelzing flavors of sweet and salty in every bite of this grilled pork tenderloin. Serve with a side of grilled corn or creamy jalapeno coleslaw and you have yourself a refreshing and tasty dinner in a snap. If you can help not devouring the whole tenderloin in one sitting then I am happy to say that this pork makes one fantastic pork burger.


Mexican Inspired Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Dry Ingredients:

4 TBSP softened unsalted butter

2 TBSP chili powder

1 TBSP garlic powder

2 TBSP sugar

1 tsp cumin

1 tsp Mexican oregano

1 tsp salt and pepper each

1 tsp smoked paprika

Marinade Ingredients:

1/2 cup barbecue sauce

1/4 cup apricot preserves

1/2 tsp hot sauce

1/4 Olive Oil

3 Cloves Garlic, Minced

2 tsp Coriander

2 Lime, Juiced

1 tsp Salt


Mix together all the dry ingredients along with the softened butter and set aside. Mix together all the marinade ingredients in a large ziploc bag and place in the refrigerator until ready to use. Rub down the pork ( and I do mean RUB) with the softened seasoned butter and place in a large baking dish. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

Remove the pork from the baking dish and add the pork to the bag of marinade, seal and let marinate in the fridge for at least 2-4 hours.

When you’re ready to cook up the pork, fire up the grill on medium-high heat (around 425 degrees).Place the pork loin on the grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes, flipping once. The pork will be done when the temperature in the thickest part of the loin reaches 145 degrees.

Remove the loin from the grill and cover with aluminum foil. Let sit for 5 minutes. Cut and serve!



  1. Ashley

    Wow, I need to show this to my husband! Yum! P.S. Love the new look!

  2. Cool Gal

    I love grilled tenderloin! This recipe sounds wonderful. I will have to put it on my list for next week. 🙂 Thanks for sharing.

    Say, how did your mister like his Father’s Day gift – Big Green Egg?

    1. kbelleicious

      Oh he loved it! He was so surprised and was like this is the best father;s day ever! Since then all he does is research cooking methods for his egg. It is so cute!

  3. Erica

    I have never made a pork tenderloin. This does look totally picture perfect and I love anything Mexican-ish. nom nom

  4. Joanne

    That looks like one fantastic piece of meat! Both the sauce and the rub sound like they’re bursting with flavor..I’ll definitely be passing this recipe along to my parents who would love it!

  5. Greg

    That looks just amazing. Gotta love pork. Oh, I think it’s on sale this week too. Score.

  6. Kristy

    I love pork tenderloin. I’ve never tried making my own though. Your looks and sounds delicious!

  7. Maureen

    I love pork tenderloin. It’s wonderful when it’s not overcooked — it’s really moist and flavorful. This is a great way to cook it. I am doing one on Sunday for friends but with a cream and wattleseed sauce. (it’s winter here)

    Wonderful photos.

    1. kbelleicious

      Wattleseed- how very interesting. I can’t wait to see the finished product. Are you going to post about it?

  8. Bonnie

    I believe you! Now, if it would just get warm enough (60 degrees right now) to grill without wearing a coat!!!!


  9. Mary Loyal

    That looks amazing!! Putting it on my “to cook” list asap!

  10. Anna and Liz Recipes

    Wow ! I just found your blog and we love Ribs! We travel to the South alot and love their cooking , Thanks, 🙂

  11. Cooking Creation

    That really is a perfect looking tenderloin… looks so moist and flavorful! I’ve only ever done tenderloin in the oven, so I definitely look forward to giving this a try!!!!

  12. Three-Cookies

    Looks really really delicious, nice char on the meat

  13. Shawn

    Looks delicious! I’m loving that marinade and will be grilling this soon 🙂

  14. Nicole-Lynn

    Yum! This sounds so delicious!

  15. Linda

    I love pork tenderloins simply for the fact that they are sooo tender! I have one prepped to make tonight, a bit different than this but I’m definitely going to have to try your version out as it looks amazing!!

  16. Rachel @ The Avid Appetite

    That marinade sounds fantastic! My husband doesn’t eat pork unfortunately, but I’m thinking I can adapt this with chicken! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

  17. Kelli

    Oh u really got my message…Anything Mexican and I have to eat it! I’m loving these recipes. BTW the pictures makes me mad bc I want to taste right away, looks to darn good!

  18. yummychunklet

    I love grilled pork tenderloin but am excited to try it with your spice combo! Great post!

  19. Christina

    Yes please! This sounds soooo good, I have a feeling it will be on my menu next week!

  20. Shea

    Yum, this looks amazing! I really hope that pork tenderloins go on sale this week so I can make this for dinner!!

  21. Caroline

    No wonder this pork is so flavorful, with the 8 hour marinading process. That always makes a world of a difference. Sounds like my kind of meal!

  22. JANE

    Here we go again!!!
    How delicious must this one be?!
    Another print for me.
    Those southern women that cook…
    Thank you again.

    1. Kitchen Belleicious

      Just go to and sign up and you can place whatever icon or image you want next to your profile/name. Then when you leave a comment anywhere using that same address you signed up with then your gravtar will appear. Let me know if you need help

  23. Sabrina

    oh my this looks wonderful!!! love your flavors!

  24. Maris (In Good taste)

    This does look like the perfect grilled pork! Have a wonderful weekend!

  25. Veronica's Kitchen

    Your grilled pork looks amazing! Although it needs a long time to marinate it, it really worth the effort.

  26. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Just coming by to say hello (and of course get caught up on your posts :)). I’ve been extremely busy this week, and I’m finally catching up!! I hope you are doing well, and do you know what??

    I made the tart yet again to the book club ladies this past week (used less fruit than I normally used- I liked it this way better!), and they LOVED it!!

    I hope you’re feeling well, my friend!!! Love you!!

    1. kbelleicious

      Less fruit! That is a great idea! Never thought to do that. You are the master tart chef! I am feeling great- thanks for asking! Luv u!

  27. Mandy - The Complete Cook Book

    F A B U L O U S ! We love pork tenderloin and forget the side of anything – no only kidding but it would be tempting to enjoy this all by itself.
    🙂 Mandy

  28. Janis Sullivan

    Love the flavors going on and I bet the smell of your kitchen that night was just amazing. I love both types of marinades- the dry and wet. Going to try this soon!

  29. Kitchen Belleicious

    Thanks Janis! The pork was just delicious and I hope you get a chance to try it. Let me know how it goes

  30. Mary

    Great pork tenderloin recipe – fabulous flavors – thanks for this – i will be using it!
    Mary x

  31. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    I just came across your blog – love it! And 4 tbsp of butter…and pork…yes please!

  32. daphne

    with that kind of marination, this will be sooo flavourful!!!

  33. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    We’re not eating much meat these days, but that tenderloin is calling my name! It looks so flavorful and delicious! 🙂

  34. Ruth

    It looks wonderful!!! I still don’t cook pork very often

  35. Anabel

    Oh I love pork! This looks incredible. Your right about the mags. They make all meat dishes look so juicy and tender yet with hours and hours of prep work! This is spot on easy!

  36. Melissah

    I just discovered your lovely blog. I’m just new into blogging this year & have just finished off my own daily blog on fashion, food, travel & interior design.
    I had a lot of fun putting it together maybe you would like to check it out if you have a spare minute.

    1. kbelleicious

      Would love to check it out. Will be there soon!

  37. Mandy

    I love how you did the marinades and the dry rub sounds fantastic.

  38. Stacey

    i can’t keep up with you and all your amazing recipes. Now i have to write this one down too and try to remember to get the stuff for it, My husband would LOVE it

  39. Rachel

    So going to try this next weekend! Awesome recipe!

  40. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    Oh this sounds so delicious!! I will have to tell our daughter-in-law abort this because I know our son will like this also.

  41. Nami @ Just One Cookbook

    What a very delicious looking tenderloin! I have one tenderloin in the freezer and I might just give this a try with reducing spice level for the kids. I also needed a way to use up apricot jelly, so it’s a perfect combination & motivation! Looks great – too bad pork is still frozen to make it for tonight’s dinner.

  42. Kristy

    This pork looks so juicy and tender. I love the combination of spices as well. Definitely passing this one to hubby for his next grill night. 🙂

  43. The Harried Cook

    OH MY! That looks so good… I think I could eat that whole tenderloin by myself. I LOVE pork and this sounds like a fabulous way to cook it… Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  44. Kathleen

    I love pork tenderloin and I’m bookmarking this one. Thanks for sharing!

  45. kitchen flavours

    Looks delicious! I don’t think I will have any leftovers for this! You are making me drool!… 🙂

  46. nancy at good food matters

    I’ve owned the Big Green Egg for 5 years now and love cooking on it. your pork tenderloin recipe is perfect for it.

  47. SharleneT.

    You know I’m going to do this in the solar oven, don’t you? Oh, yeah. Scrumptuous. Thanks for the recipe.

  48. Candace

    I could eat that whole thing by myself. yum!

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