Pork tenderloins are a great option for dinner because of their quick cook time, but are you wondering how to cook a pork tenderloin? Let’s go over a few methods, plus I’m sharing one of my favorite Grilled Pork Tenderloin Recipes too!
You’ll almost always find a marinated pork tenderloin in my refrigerator and freezer. Why? Because they cook so quickly in a variety of methods, are tasty, and are the perfect portion size for our family of six.
In fact, Smithfield marinated pork tenderloins can cook in just about any method you can think of – and in 30 minutes!
How to Cook a Pork Tenderloin:
You can cook a pork tenderloin in the oven.
Roasting or baking a pork loin is usually my preferred way to cook them because I can throw a few sides in the same pan and have a one pot meal with veggies and meat in just 30 minutes!
This is one of my family’s favorite marinated pork loin recipes featuring the Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Pork Loin.
You can cook a pork loin in a pressure cooker like the Instant Pot.
You can cook marinated pork tenderloins in a slow cooker.
You can even cook a pork tenderloin in an air fryer.
Granted, you have to have a rather large air fryer or cut up your loin in pieces. I love cooking in my air fryer because it keeps everything so tender and juicy.
While I tend to keep marinated pork loins in the original larger size, it’s definitely possibly and delicious to cut the pork into smaller pieces for a different type of recipe. Some ideas would even be kebobs on the grill or tossed into a pasta dish.
How to cook pork tenderloin on the grill.
Now, we come to one of my newest favorite ways to cook pork tenderloin – on the grill!
While you could definitely prepare this recipe in the oven, I love grilling when the weather is nice. It keeps the house from heating up and it definitely makes your neighbors jealous when they smell that rosemary and peach combination wafting into their yard.
While you could easily just grill the pork tenderloin it on its own, I decided to go with another trend that we’ve been doing a lot this summer – foil packets.
Have you done these yet?! Such easy clean-up and the flavors of everything you’re cooking inside blend together perfectly.
On my most recent shopping trip I spotted one of our favorite flavors, the Smithfield Marinated Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Tenderloin.
The fresh pork is marinated already and it’s delicious on its own, but I love easy and fast and I definitely love a good one pan meal – so that’s usually how I prepare these. It makes everything super easy to cook as well as clean up.
While eating out recently, I saw a drink on a restaurant menu that totally inspired this combination. It was a Rosemary Peach Lemonade and I couldn’t get it out of my head when I started thinking about a foil packet dinner!
So that’s exactly what you’ll find surrounding my tenderloin – peaches and rosemary. I added a few sliced gold potatoes because… we Southerners need our potatoes, y’all!
Prepping this dish was as easy as it looks. The Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork Tenderloin is already marinated perfectly so there’s no prep needed there. Just open up the package and get ready to cook.
I sliced my potatoes and peaches in a few moments then laid them around the tenderloin. I did mix together a bit of olive oil, honey, and ginger to glaze the peaches and potatoes and laid the rosemary right on top of it all.
Tip: Be sure to really wrap your foil packets tightly. Mine ripped as I was trying to turn this over [it’s a big foil packet!] and I lost some of that yummy juice.
- Smithfield Marinated Roasted Garlic & Herb Fresh Pork Tenderloin
- 4 Peaches, sliced
- 4 small potatoes, sliced thinly
- Rosemary Sprigs
- To make glaze, combine:
- Small pieces of ginger, chopped finely
- 2 cloves Garlic chopped finely
- 2 tbsp cooking vinegar
- 1/2 cup honey
- Preheat your grill.
- Place tenderloin on top of aluminum foil sheet.
- Place sliced peaches and potatoes around tenderloin.
- Drizzle prepared glaze over the top of tenderloin, peaches and potatoes. Place rosemary sprigs on top.
- Tightly wrap tenderloin and ingredients with more aluminum foil.
- Grill for about 25-30 minutes, turning over once.
If you are still wondering how to cook a pork tenderloin, I know it’s because all the ways I shared look so delicious so you can’t decide what to try first! Be sure to let me know what you decide by leaving a comment below!