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Pork tenderloin

TomTom Posts: 189
edited 2:47PM in EggHead Forum
Hi Guys,
Every year for Christmas I have smoked a pork tenderloin in a Brinkman water smoker. It ususally take about four hours. The first hour I smoke it with season salt then for the next three hours I baste it in a special sause every twenty minutes. Then for the last hour I baste it with honey and brown sugar.
Now that I have an Egg all that I read says I need to cook it at 300 degrees for 30 or 40 minutes. Any suggestions as to how I can get all my steps in that short of time? Should I just cook it at a lower temperature for a longer period? I would really appreciate your advice. Merry Christmas, Tom


  • RhumAndJerkRhumAndJerk Posts: 1,506
    You can cook your pork the same way that you have in the past. I would cook it with indirect heat however.[p]Just a quick question, when you say Pork Tenderloin do you mean Pork Loin? True Pork Tenderloins are small very lean strips of meat that should be cooked over high heat for short periods of time. Even Pork loins are rather lean and benefit from a hotter direct cook.[p]That being said, if I were to slow smoke a whole Pork loin, I would choose one that still has the ribs attached such as 3100 Loin, Center Cut, Bone-In in the attached link. That way there should be enough fat to keep the meat moist during an extended cook.[p]Hope this Helps,

    [ul][li]Pork Cuts[/ul]
  • TomTom Posts: 189
    Know, it is a tenderloin. Is there a problem cooking it slow? Tom

  • RhumAndJerkRhumAndJerk Posts: 1,506
    The only issue that I can see is that pork tenderloin may dry out during a long cook. However, you counter this by basting with a special sauce. I would still cook over indirect heat and follow the your recipe the way that you always have.[p]Please, post your recipe, as I would like to give it a try. Honey and Pork are great combination.[p]It must be lunchtime because my mouth is watering thinking about some grilled pork.[p]Hope this Helps,

  • ShelbyShelby Posts: 803
    Pork tenderloin is one of my favorite cooks and I agree, it is best done at 350* for 30-40 minutes. Since the goal of the basting is to keep it moist and you don't really need that in the egg, you might try reducing the temp just a bit, go with a shorter cook time, turning once and basting then; add a dwell period where you can finish it with the sauce.
    And, I might give one a whirl this week before Christmas dinner. If you're like most of us, a little extra pork is not a bad thing! Please let us know what method you try and results.

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