Grilled Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

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Lean and tender pork that's bursting with bold flavor.

This tasty grilled bourbon pork tenderloin is the perfect main course for you warm weather meal.

The weather is getting warmer which means it’s time to plan a barbecue! And this grilled bourbon pork tenderloin is an excellent way to kick off the grilling season. It’s simple to make but packs such rich and bold flavors that it will impress any guest! You’re just two simple steps away from a delicious grilled tenderloin, so let’s get started!

Grilling Season

Even picky eaters will enjoy this yummy recipe.

Warmer weather calls for dusting off the old barbecue and eating some freshly grilled foods! Grilling foods is a traditional method of cooking and is used all around the world for many different cuisines. Cooking on the grill can also be a healthier alternative to other ways of cooking because it requires less added fat to cook and it can help food keep more of their vitamins and minerals.

Why Bourbon?

Enjoy tender grilled pork any time of year!

We used bourbon as the key ingredient in this marinade because it both flavors and tenderizes the meat. Bourbon adds rich, bold flavors– but keep in mind that if the pork is soaked for too long in this marinade, it can take on too much alcoholic flavor. While alcohol cooks off during grilling, the flavor may still remain so try to keep your marinade time to a few hours at the most. Bourbon also works as a tenderizer by breaking down enzymes in the meat, which really adds to the flavor and texture of this dish.

Benefits of Pork

The texture of this pork is so tender!

Pork is a high protein meat. It is also high in iron, zinc, and B vitamins. It is one of the richest sources of thiamin, a B vitamin that is responsible for energy generation and cell development. Pork can contain different amounts of fat depending on the cut and trimmings. Try to go for leaner cuts that are lower in saturated fat, including the tenderloin or sirloin, if you are looking to reduce your fat and calorie intake.

Make This Grilled Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

This lean protein is bursting with flavor.

Grill this pork tenderloin in just two simple steps. First, combine the bourbon, brown sugar, honey, low sodium soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper in a large ziploc bag. Then, add the pork and toss to make sure the tenderloin is fully covered. Let it marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours. Once marinated, heat your grill to medium-high heat. Then, cook the pork to your desired doneness. Let it rest for several minutes before cutting, and enjoy!

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Grilled Bourbon Pork Tenderloin

A dinner that's simple to make but packs impressively rich and bold flavors.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Marinate 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 8 people
Serving Size 1 pork chop
Course Main Course
Cuisine Universal


  • 2 pounds pork tenderloins 8 chops or 2 tenderloins
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice fresh
  • 2 teaspoons garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper


  • Combine the bourbon, brown sugar, honey, low sodium soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper in a large ziploc bag.
  • Then, add the pork and toss to make sure they are fully covered. Let marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours.
  • Heat the grill to medium-high heat and cook pork to desired doness.
  • Let rest for 5-10 minutes before cutting.

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1pork chop | Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 801mg | Potassium: 565mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 9IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 2mg |
SmartPoints (Freestyle): 6
Keywords High Protein

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Kelsey Butler, MS, RDN

Kelsey Butler is a Registered Dietitian and recipe developer. From a young age, Kelsey found a love for creating delicious recipes. Now, with a Master's in Nutritional Sciences, Kelsey uses her culinary skills to create healthy and unique recipes for many different diets. She is passionate about creating a healthy relationship with all foods and recipes that everyone can enjoy. Kelsey has a passion for cooking, but she also enjoys the outdoors, staying active, and traveling. She is currently living with her partner in New Zealand.

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