Patricks BBQ Pork Recipes

Smoked Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Smoking BBQ pork tenderloins Patrick's way.

How to cook smoked pork tenderloin.

What's unique about my smoked tenderloins recipe?

It's all in the marinade! I live in North Carolina, so I prefer to use Southern style sauces and rubs. I like Carolina Treet from Legacy Foods. It's a thick sauce made with a blend of vinegar and spices. It's also low in sugar and contains no tomato products. I discovered it a few years ago and it's become my "go-to" for chicken and pork smoking. You can also make your own marinade with the ingredients listed below.

Smoked pork loin

Here's Patrick's tried and true recipe for making perfect smoked pork loins using my simple recipe.


  • 2 pork tenderloins
  • NC-style marinade (I like Carolina Treet from Legacy Foods)
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper


How to smoke pork tenderloins:

  • Marinate the pork tenderloins in your chosen marinade for at least 2 hours or overnight in the refrigerator.
  • Preheat the smoker to 250°F (121°C) and add pecan wood for a mild flavor.
  • Remove the tenderloins from the marinade, allowing any excess to drip off, and lightly coat them with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place the tenderloins on the smoker grate and smoke for approximately 1.5-2 hours or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C).
  • Once done, remove from the smoker and let them rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve with your favorite sides for a smoky and tender pork feast.

Pork Tenderloin Versus Pork Loin

  • Pork Tenderloin: A long, narrow, and cylindrical cut of meat that runs along the pig's backbone. It is one of the most tender cuts of pork and is known for its lean and delicate texture. Pork tenderloins are typically smaller in size compared to pork loins. They are often sold as whole pieces or in packs of two.
  • Pork Loin: A larger and broader section of the pig between the shoulder and the back leg. It is a versatile cut with both lean and well-marbled portions. Pork loins are much larger than tenderloins. They weigh several pounds and can be prepared as roasts or boneless chops.

Patrick's BBQ tips:

Try Different Types of Wood!

Experiment with various wood to find the smoky flavors that you like best.

Patrick's Pork Recipes

Homage to North Carolina

Carolina Treet BBQ sauce
Carolina Treet BBQ Sauce.

Here are some regional styles of pork barbecue, including Carolina, Kansas City, Memphis, and Texas BBQ.

Patrick's Pork recipes feature a simple "smoker to oven" BBQ cooking method.

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