Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin

Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin - afarmgirlsdabbles.comDo you have any idea how thrilled I’ve been to enjoy grilling again?! With the constant snowfall and brutal cold temps we had this winter, the snow removal was hard to keep up with and we simply lost the battle in the backyard. Our grills had been buried for the past couple months, until Blake recently cleared them away. Now we just need some warmer weather so we can open up our windows. I canNOT wait!!

Our first grilled meal of 2014 consisted of this gorgeous Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin. It’s a recipe we’ve been playing with the past couple years. So easy to make and super tasty, too, it’s one of our go-to grilling recipes when we entertain. I often like to serve it alongside a fresh salad with a Mexican twist, plus a bowl of chips with a fresh batch of salsa. But this time I simply popped a pan of broccoli into the hot oven as Blake set the pork on the grill grates outside. Roasted broccoli, all charred and tender and incredibly wonderful, is the perfect simple side to accompany this flavorful pork.

Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin - afarmgirlsdabbles.comMy family loves to eat grilled pork tenderloin. And my husband loves to grill it. He always tells people that it’s one of the easiest meats to grill, that it’s almost impossible to mess it up. Blake aims for that pretty “blush of pink” in pork, cooking it to 145° and then letting it rest for 3 minutes. That method ensures juicy, tender, and flavorful medium rare pork, and we won’t have it any other way!

I’m so happy to finally get this grilled chili lime pork tenderloin into our recipe archives. Be sure to check out more of our pork recipe favorites, too!

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Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin -

Grilled Chili Lime Pork Tenderloin

Yield: 6 servings


  • 1-1/2 lbs. pork tenderloin
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 T. freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 tsp. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. dried cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1/16 tsp. cinnamon
  • smoked salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh lime wedges


Pat pork dry and set in a pan or dish with sides.

In a small bowl, combine oil, lime juice, soy sauce, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Pour chili mixture over pork and use your hands to rub it over the entire surface of the pork. Let sit for 30 minutes while you prepare the grill. Or for a deeper flavor, place seasoned pork in refrigerator for a couple hours or overnight before grilling (highly's so good!), just remove from refrigerator 30 minutes prior to grilling.

Heat grill to hot, or 550°. Place tenderloin on grill grates and sear, without moving, for 4 minutes. Then flip tenderloin over and sear opposite side for another 4 minutes, without moving. Reduce grill heat to medium-high, between 475° and 500°. Flip tenderloin back to first side and cook for 6 minutes. Then flip over once more and cook for another 6 minutes. Check internal temperature of pork with a meat thermometer, placing it into the thickest part of the tenderloin. When temperature just reaches 145°, remove tenderloin to a plate. Let rest for 3 minutes. The pork will continue to cook while resting, even after being removed from the grill. This will give you a brighter "blush of pink", medium rare pork. If you like your pork cooked a bit more, closer to the 160° "blush of pink", simply leave the tenderloin on the grill a bit longer.

To serve, cut into 1/2" to 3/4" slices. Offer fresh lime wedges for an extra spritz of lime right before eating.

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Disclosure:  Thank you to the Ohio Pork Council and the Ohio Soybean Council for sponsoring this post. My family loves #PinkPork and I’m happy to share its goodness with you. All opinions are my own.