Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Smoker Bliss: Tender, Smoky Pork Tenderloin with Adobo Rub

Calling all grill masters and smoke enthusiasts! Get ready to elevate your pork game with this recipe for Smoked Pork Tenderloin. Seasoned with my flavorful Adobo Dry Rub, this method utilizes the magic of indirect heat smoking. This creates a juicy and incredibly tender pork tenderloin with a deep, smoky flavor. Enjoy it sliced on its own or nestled inside a pulled pork sandwich dripping with BBQ sauce!

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The Power of Smoke

Smoking takes pork tenderloin far beyond the realm of ordinary grilling. This low and slow cooking method allows the smoke to gently penetrate the meat. This infuses it with a rich and complex flavor that traditional grilling simply can’t replicate. The result? Pork that’s incredibly moist, melt-in-your-mouth tender, and bursting with smoky goodness.

Spice Up Your Life (the Adobo Way)

The secret weapon in this recipe is my signature Adobo Dry Rub. This vibrant blend is inspired by classic Filipino adobo flavors. It combines New Mexico chiles, guajillo chiles, oregano, cumin, and other spices to create a warm, savory, and slightly smoky flavor profile that perfectly complements the pork.

Let’s Get Smoking!

Gather your ingredients and fire up your smoker because it’s time to create some smoky magic!


  • Pork Tenderloin: Choose a fresh, whole pork tenderloin for the best results.
  • Adobo Dry Rub: This recipe uses my signature blend. Feel free to experiment with your favorite store-bought rub or create your own.
  • Olive Oil: Helps the rub adhere to the meat.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar (Optional): A spritz of apple cider vinegar during the smoking process helps keep the meat moist.


  • Green Mountain Grills Smoker (or your preferred smoker)
  • Wood chips (hickory or applewood recommended)
  • Basting spray bottle (optional, for apple cider vinegar)
  • Instant-read thermometer

Making the Smoked Pork Tenderloin

  1. Prep the Pork Tenderloin: Pat the pork tenderloin dry with paper towels. If desired, you can trim off any excess silver skin from the exterior.
  2. Season Generously: Drizzle the pork tenderloin with olive oil to create a base for the rub. Liberally coat the entire surface of the pork tenderloin with your chosen Adobo Dry Rub. Ensure all sides are evenly seasoned.
  3. Preheat the Smoker: Get your Green Mountain Grills Smoker (or your preferred smoker) fired up and preheated to 225°F (110°C). Add your chosen wood chips for smoke flavor. Hickory or applewood work particularly well with pork.
  4. Smoke to Perfection: Place the seasoned pork tenderloin on the smoker grate. For an extra layer of moisture (optional), you can spritz the pork tenderloin with apple cider vinegar. Do this every 30 minutes or so during the smoking process.
  5. Smoke Until Tender: Smoke the pork tenderloin for a total of 1-2 hours. It’s done when the internal temperature of the thickest part of the meat reaches 145°F.
  6. Rest and Enjoy: Once the pork tenderloin reaches the desired internal temperature, remove it from the smoker. Let it rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in an even more flavorful and tender experience.
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Pro Tips:

  • Spatchcock the Pork Tenderloin (Optional): Slicing the pork tenderloin horizontally in half will reduce cooking time and ensure even cooking.
  • Internal Temperature Matters: Remember, the USDA recommends cooking pork to an internal temperature of 145°F (63°C) for safety. Some people prefer their pork slightly more pink. In this case, remove it from the smoker at 140°F (60°C) and let it rest to reach 145°F (63°C) internally.
  • Sauce it Up!: After resting, brush the pork tenderloin with my BBQ sauce for an extra layer of flavor.

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Smoked Pork Tenderloin Recipe

Smoked Pork Tenderloin

Recipe by Jason Hill –
This smoked pork recipe uses my favorite rub, an adobo mix made with dried chiles and spices. Although cooking time can vary by your smoker, I recommend 200-250 F for up to 2 hours, or until the internal temperature reads 145 F. After you remove it from the grill, allow the tenderloin to rest up to 15 minutes. It will carry over cook to about 150 F.
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Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Marinating Time 12 hours
Total Time 14 hours 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 1 pork tenderloin 2 1/2 pounds
  • Olive oil for searing meat

Adobo Dry Rub

  • 2 dried New Mexico chiles
  • 2 dried Guajillo chiles
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorn
  • 2 tablespoons whole cumin
  • 2 tablespoons dried fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons dried mustard seeds
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar  optional


Make the Dry Rub

  • Make the dry rub. Remove the stem and dump out the seeds from the dried chiles. Preheat pan on high. Toast the chiles breaking them up with your hands. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the salt and brown sugar (if using). Stir for a couple minutes with a wooden spoon to bring out the flavor.Remove from the heat. Add the salt. Transfer to a spice mill or coffee grinder and blend. You may have to work in batches.

Prepare the Pork

  • Trim pork of some fat and connective tissue (called “silver”).
  • Coat all sides of the pork with a layer of adobo rub.
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to marinate overnight.

Next Day

  • The next day, heat your pellet grill or smoker to 200 to 220 F.
  • Drizzle olive oil on a griddle and sear all sides of the tenderloin to lock in the juices.
  • Place tenderloin on the pellet grill. Remove when internal temperature reaches 145 F, about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
  • Let the meat rest for 15 minutes on a plate, and it will carry over cook to about 150 F.
  • Slice into medallions and serve with coleslaw and barbecue sauce for a sandwich, or inside warmed corn tortillas for a carnitas taco.
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Hi, I’m Jason Hill, host of YouTube’s “Chef Tips” series. I graduated from culinary school in 1998, and gained my experience working the lines in Southern California. I launched my cooking videos in 2007. I love sharing quick and easy recipes that get people back in the kitchen.

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