Patricks BBQ Pork Recipes

Deep Fried Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Frying BBQ pork tenderloins Patrick's way.

How to cook pork tenderloin in a deep fryer.


Can you can you deep fry a pork tenderloin? Absolutely! I deep fry a turkey every Thanksgiving, so I'm always trying to maximize the use of my fryer and peanut oil, before I clean it up and put away. As it turns out, pork tenderloins are great when cooked in the deep fryer and are quick and easy to prepare.

What's unique about my fried tenderloin recipe?

It's all in the preparation... specifically the slicing or cutting step BEFORE frying. You want to make shallow cuts along each side of the raw pork. This forms V-shaped pockets allowing the fryer oil to reach more of the meat while cooking. This extra surface area adds more "crispy goodness" to the outside of the tenderloin!

Deep fried tenderloin on cutting board


  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • NC-style marinade
    • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
    • 2 tbsp. hot sauce (for heat)
    • 2 tbsp. yellow mustard
    • 2 tbsp. brown sugar (for sweetness)
    • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce (for savory flavor)
    • 1 1/2 tbsp. garlic
    • 1 1/2 tbsp. onion powder
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • Seasoned cracker meal or breadcrumbs


How to deep fry pork tenderloins:

  • Make cuts along the pork tenderloin, about 1/3 through and spaced 2-inches apart (do not slice though entirely).
  • Flip, and repeat the step above, staggering the cuts in between the slices on the other side.
  • Marinate the pork tenderloins in your chosen marinade for at least 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the deep fryer to 350°F.
  • Remove the tenderloins from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off, and coat them with cracker meal or breadcrumbs.
  • Place the tenderloins in the fryer basket and cook for approximately 5 minutes per pound or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F.
  • Once done, remove from the deep fryer and let them rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve with your favorite sides for a crispy and juicy, pork meal.
Deep Fried Pork Preparation
Coat the pork tenderloins with cracker meal or breadcrumbs

Deep Fried Pork in Fryer Basket
Fry the tenderloins for 5 minutes per pound (internal temperature of 145°F).

Deep Fried Pork on Cutting Board
Let the pork rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

Patrick's deep fried pork tips:

Before frying, try coating the pork with a mix of flour and cracker-based breading. This blend will crisp to a golden brown crust to seal in the natural moisture of the pork tenderloin.

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