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Marinated Pork Tenderloin Recipe
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Marinated Pork Tenderloin
See how to make a slightly sweet marinade for moist and tender grilled pork. See more
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Marinated Pork Tenderloin

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"A slightly sweet marinade that makes for the best tasting pork you will ever have."

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Original recipe makes 4 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    20 mins

    6 hrs 30 mins


  1. Place soy sauce, brown sugar, sherry, dried onion, cinnamon, olive oil, and a touch of garlic powder in a large resealable plastic bag. Seal, and shake to mix. Place pork in bag with marinade, seal, and refrigerate for 6 to 12 hours.
  2. Preheat grill for high heat.
  3. Lightly oil grate. Place tenderloins on grill, and discard marinade. Cook 20 minutes, or to desired doneness. Slice into medallions, and serve.
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  • Note
  • The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.
  • Tip
  • Aluminum foil can be used to keep food moist, cook it evenly, and make clean-up easier.

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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 11, 2007

Found this fantastic recipe a year ago, have made it several times since for both company and just the family. It is absolutely delicious and it consistently gets rave reviews. Here's what I do: double the marinade, except for the cinnamon. Mince 2 Tbsp. fresh onion in place of dried. I try to marinade all day, but I have found that even a few hours is sufficient. I bake the tenderloins in a 400 oven for about 40 min. And the biggest tip: take the leftover marinade, boil, and add cornstarch or a flour roux to thicken and make a delicious sauce/gravy. Other Tips - #1) don't leave out the sherry. It really makes the recipe. You can buy cream sherry at your local spirits store for around $7 a bottle and you can utlitize it in many recipes. #2) if you are looking for a good side dish to match this pork, try Baked Pineapple Casserole off of this site. It is excellent!!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 14, 2013

My family thought this recipe was okay, but nothing outstanding. We will not likely make it again.

Sep 06, 2006

Didn't change a thing and it was awesome! Marinated it for 12 hours. I don't have an outdoor grill, so I used my cast iron grill pan on the stove. The best part was the chargrilled outer part -- mmmmmmmm! Next time I'll probably sear it on the stovetop and finish it off in the oven. I'll probably also boil and reduce down some of the left over marinade to make a yummy sauce. This is now officially the only pork tenderloin recipe I'll ever need. My husband thought it was amazing, as did my very picky ten year old. Edited to Add -- Made this a week later (couldn't wait any longer, it was that good) and did just that -- I seared it on the grill pan, stuck in a meat thermometer, and finished it off in a 350 oven until it reached 160, about 25-30 minutes. I boiled the marinade to reduce it to a nice gravy. Mmmmmmm! It was moist throughout and so good. My husband had thirds!

May 24, 2007

I'd give more stars if I could! Like other reviewers, the only change I'd make is to increase the number of servings you prepare, because people will ask for seconds. Also, double or triple the marinade, and reserve some to be made into gravy by boiling it down with a bit of cornstarch or flour roux. This gravy is always a hit and is well worth the few minutes it takes to prepare. By the way, take the time to make sure that you have all of the marinade/gravy ingredients. Several people who gave this recipe a poor review commented that they replaced the sherry and/or certain spices. These ingredients are the essence of the dish, and really are essential. I'm always happy to use shortcuts and make substitutions, but this recipe really should be followed precisely. It's worth an extra trip to the grocery store!!!!

Jan 25, 2004

I tried this recipe and loved it, we baked it and substituted balsamic vinegar for the sherry. It was fabulous!! Not one leftover! Thanks!!

Dec 14, 2008

Loved the ease & amazingly tasty results of this recipe - lots of bang for little buck. Followed other comments & used 1/2 onion + 4 garlic cloves as substitute for powders. Marinated only 4 hours b/c that's all I had time for. Cooked at 350 for 1 hour, wrapped in foil. Broiled last minute or two (flipping once) to give outside a slightly browner 'crust.' Boiled remaining marinade for 5 minutes or so to reduce, then added 1 TBL of cornstarch and moved off heat while stirring. Great as gravy. Only mistake I made was making 1 loin vs. 2 so I could save one for later. Entire family devoured the 1st one so there is nothing left for weekday lunches.

Dec 16, 2006

I am about to make this recipe for the third time. I roast it for 1 hr at 350. I am going to try boiling the marinade and basting the meat this time. This is a great recipe when you have company. I am bringing it to a Christmas party tonight. Wonderful flavors and juicy. Thank you for the great recipe!

Jul 23, 2003

Terrific recipe Lisa. I took the suggestion of another reviewer and used raspberry vinegar in place of the sherry and let this marinate for 2 days. We grilled the tenderloins half way through and then split the down the center (butter-flied them) and finished grilling them. My husband poured sake on them while they were grilling. This was the BEST pork tenderloin we've had so far. Every bite was eaten and I'm making it again this weekend for company. My husband..(who really dislikes cinnamon) gave this 2 thumbs up. Thanks for sharing this! Highly recommended.


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  • Calories
  • 278 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 16.9 g
  • 5%
  • Cholesterol
  • 73 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 10.7 g
  • 16%
  • Fiber
  • 0.5 g
  • 2%
  • Protein
  • 27 g
  • 54%
  • Sodium
  • 1008 mg
  • 40%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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