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Thoughts on pork tenderloin…

rdsbucksrdsbucks Posts: 12
Direct or indirect? I like a little smoke on my pork tenderloin so I was thinking indirect. But charring the tenderloin using direct sounds appealing too. It’s my first tenderloin on an egg so I welcome your thoughts.
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  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 4,423
    Direct and somewhere between 145 to 150 internal temp IMO.
  • LitLit Posts: 8,866
    Indirect till like 130-135 internal then direct to 140. 
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,190
    I will second the direct approach (rotate around 10-15 minutes into the cook) and high in the dome if you can get there.  I am a fan of pulling any non pork butt in the high 130's-low 140's *F cook temp.  Level of pink driven by your target audience.  FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • GulfcoastguyGulfcoastguy Posts: 4,423
    Temp depend on if your guests can tolerate a pink center. All of my relatives are of the "incinerator pork" party, I did make some truly excellent ones that we pulled at 145. I had marinated them 24 hours before hand. Unfortunately on a gasser (not at home) but still great.
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 15,596
    danhoo said:
    I"ve been cooking indirect at 250F (grate) 275 dome until internal reaches 130F.

    when it hits 130F, I pull it off, remove the platesetter and finish (briefly) direct.  maybe 5 to 10 mins total with glaze on it. Internal is about 140 when I pull it and let it rest before carving.
    ...


    i was going to say, that's a bit of work for a pork tenderloin, but damn if yours doesn't look farkin' good.

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  • PigBeanUsPigBeanUs Posts: 832
    rdsbucks said:
    Direct or indirect? 
    Either way. 

    You can have smoke whether direct or indirect. Depends on whether you want grill marks and some char or to be overall dry roasted 


  • BarBar Posts: 166
    edited September 10
    Another vote for raised direct at 400 deg, but I usually cook bacon wrapped pork tenderloins.
  • MasterCMasterC Posts: 528
    And stuffed with cheese
    Fort Wayne Indiana 
  • danhoodanhoo Posts: 144
    caliking said:
    i was going to say, that's a bit of work for a pork tenderloin, but damn if yours doesn't look farkin' good.
    The only "work"is to pull it and remove the platesetter.  I've also left the platesetter in, raised temp to about 350 to finish off the glaze . I'm not sure it's worth it to do the last step direct, but if nothing else, it helps clean the grill grate.
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  • caliking said:
    danhoo said:
    I"ve been cooking indirect at 250F (grate) 275 dome until internal reaches 130F.

    when it hits 130F, I pull it off, remove the platesetter and finish (briefly) direct.  maybe 5 to 10 mins total with glaze on it. Internal is about 140 when I pull it and let it rest before carving.
    ...


    i was going to say, that's a bit of work for a pork tenderloin, but damn if yours doesn't look farkin' good.
    It does look great, but I think that’s a pork loin, not a tenderloin.  
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  • You all are beautiful people! This is awesome info. However, I am not sure I have any better idea because both look great. I guess what I am hearing is either one or both will work. Thanks so much!
    BBQ addict...recovering pellet smoker.
  • MasterC said:
    Raised direct 

    Or raised direct 

    Or maybe raised direct 


    Sometimes I prefer raised direct.

    But that's just me.


    How did you season it? Looks amazing!
    BBQ addict...recovering pellet smoker.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,190
    rdsbucks said:
    You all are beautiful people! This is awesome info. However, I am not sure I have any better idea because both look great. I guess what I am hearing is either one or both will work. Thanks so much!
    As has been said, there are many ways to get there and most likely all will work.  Just pick one and go.  Change it up the next time and see where you land.
    The key is the instant read finish temp in any hot and fast cook.  FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 27,932
    i prefer direct for the charring, if its over charring slip some foil under it. 135 internal for me and be ready to pull it quick, they over cook within 30 seconds of done. usually cook loins over tenderloin, with the tenderloin i cut them up for skewers mostly, sizing the pieces to each skewer
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  • Guys, it turned out great! These were not big tenderloins so they got to temp quickly. I glazed them with a maple/bourbon/chipotle glaze from Bass Pro. I also injected them with Cajun Butter. I am thrilled with how the food I have cooked over the years on pellet smokers has tasted on the egg. Better smoke with the addition of some charcoal flavoring. 
    BBQ addict...recovering pellet smoker.
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 24,190
    @rdsbucks - Thanks for the feedback as the forum doesn't often get that assessment.  Glad it was a success.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • lousubcap said:
    @rdsbucks - Thanks for the feedback as the forum doesn't often get that assessment.  Glad it was a success.  
    Lou I do not believe there is any comparison between the two. I will take the Egg all day. Though the pellet smoker is very convenient, the egg is more convenient than I realized.
    BBQ addict...recovering pellet smoker.
  • Temp depend on if your guests can tolerate a pink center. All of my relatives are of the "incinerator pork" party, I did make some truly excellent ones that we pulled at 145. I had marinated them 24 hours before hand. Unfortunately on a gasser (not at home) but still great.
    Same here.  My wife won't touch them if there's a bit of pink on the inside for the irrational fear of trichinosis.  :s  
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  • Indirect, 275F dome. Hit 140 to 145F ... let rest for only a few minutes ... and you should be good to go. That's how I do it.
    Napoleon Prestige Pro 665, XL BGE, Lots of time for BBQ!
  • Temp depend on if your guests can tolerate a pink center. All of my relatives are of the "incinerator pork" party, I did make some truly excellent ones that we pulled at 145. I had marinated them 24 hours before hand. Unfortunately on a gasser (not at home) but still great.
    Same here.  My wife won't touch them if there's a bit of pink on the inside for the irrational fear of trichinosis.  :s  
    Depending on the cut ... I'd think even at 145F it might still be a bit pink, especially if there's any fat there ... have you found 145F is sufficiently de-pinked? LOL.
    Napoleon Prestige Pro 665, XL BGE, Lots of time for BBQ!
  • MasterCMasterC Posts: 528
    edited September 15
    rdsbucks said:
    MasterC said:
    Raised direct 

    Or raised direct 

    Or maybe raised direct 


    Sometimes I prefer raised direct.

    But that's just me.


    How did you season it? Looks amazing!
    First was Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt and pepper 

    Second was Dizzy Pig Peruvianish and Shigs in Pit bbq sauce 

    Third was dried mustard,garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, sage and bay leaf. Salt and pepper 
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  • @Mark_B_Good - I'm finding that they need to be at least 160F to be pinkless. She does serve a nice creamy horseradish sauce to make them less dry which is something.

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  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,803
    My brother used to buy a beef tenderloin and cook it to a beautiful med rare. Mom wouldn't eat it if it was "bloody". Solution... cut off Mom's serving and nuke it briefly. Worked like a charm.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • @Mark_B_Good - I'm finding that they need to be at least 160F to be pinkless. She does serve a nice creamy horseradish sauce to make them less dry which is something.

    Pork is a pain, especially when you want to see nothing but grey/brown ... there's too little of a temperature window getting it right, often time they end up going dry for me .... honestly I think the difference between being juicy enough and dry is like a 30 second to 45 second difference in time on the grill.
    Napoleon Prestige Pro 665, XL BGE, Lots of time for BBQ!
  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 14,803
    @Mark_B_Good - I'm finding that they need to be at least 160F to be pinkless. She does serve a nice creamy horseradish sauce to make them less dry which is something.

    Pork is a pain, especially when you want to see nothing but grey/brown ... there's too little of a temperature window getting it right, often time they end up going dry for me .... honestly I think the difference between being juicy enough and dry is like a 30 second to 45 second difference in time on the grill.
    Cook it the way you want it and briefly nuke the servings for the ones who want it overcooked. See my post above.

    I hate it when I go to the kitchen for food and all I find are ingredients!                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

    Michael 
    Central Connecticut 

  • MasterCMasterC Posts: 528
    @Mark_B_Good - I'm finding that they need to be at least 160F to be pinkless. She does serve a nice creamy horseradish sauce to make them less dry which is something.

    Pork is a pain, especially when you want to see nothing but grey/brown ... there's too little of a temperature window getting it right, often time they end up going dry for me .... honestly I think the difference between being juicy enough and dry is like a 30 second to 45 second difference in time on the grill.
    Cook it the way you want it and briefly nuke the servings for the ones who want it overcooked. See my post above.
    They get the end slice.
    Fort Wayne Indiana 
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