Monday, June 18, 2012

Grilled Thai Pork Tenderloin with Peanut Sauce

Our favorite recipe of the weekend was a "Thai-ish" grilled pork tenderloin with a fantastic peanut sauce.

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But first, a big shout out to our friends on the Uncultured Swine BBQ team for taking second in ribs at this past weekend's Big BBQ Bash in Blount County.

I met them at last year's Bloomin' Barbecue, and Bluegrass in Sevierville.  Great bunch of people and they use Big Green Eggs in competition (from Wayne Blalock Home Center).  They also use a Lang 84 using Kingsford with a blend of cherry, hickory and apple.   I'm guessing that they won 2nd by submitting baby backs like they did last year at BB&B.  

Anyway, back to my Thai pork tenderloin.  I like grilling pork tenderloins for several reasons.
  1. Twice the fun - they usually come in two packs, so you can cook two different recipes at the same time if you like.
  2. Perfect for 4 - one tenderloin feeds a family of 4.  That is until the two kids hit teenage years.  Then TWO tenderloins feed 4 with a little leftover.
  3. Quick cooking - 20 minutes on the grill is about all they need, perfect for weeknight dinners.
Our "live at home son" had a friend over so we had 5 for dinner and two pork tenderloins disappeared.  In fact, I was only cooking one tenderloin that night.  But I had extra sauce and they were dying for more so I quickly cooked the other one too.  It was gone in a flash.  Oh well, at least I had some curry and rice leftover for lunch today!  

Grilled Thai Pork Tenderloin with Peanut Sauce

  • 2 pork tenderloins, silver skin trimmed 
For the marinade
  • 1/3 cup peanut oil
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tsp fish sauce
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp sriracha sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1/2 tsp palm sugar (sub brown sugar if you like)
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
For the peanut sauce
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce*
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 1 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp red pepper flake*
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  1. Marinate - Put the marinade ingredients in a processor and blend for 30 seconds.  Place the tenderloins in a Glad zip top bag, pour the marinade over them, seal and marinated for 4-6 hours in the fridge*.  
  2. Make Ahead - Place the peanut sauce ingredients into a processor and blend for 30 seconds until well blended.  Refrigerate until needed.  When ready to use (if made ahead), heat for 3-5 minutes in a pan over medium low heat while the pork rests (see below).
  3. Grill it - Preheat a charcoal grill to 375f for direct heat.  Remove tenderloins from marinade.  Grill, rotating about every 5 minutes, until they reach an internal temperature of 137-140f in the MIDDLE*. This will take about 20 minutes but go by temp.  Remove and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. Slice the pork tenderloins into medallions about 1/4" thick.  Drizzle with the peanut sauce and serve with more on the side for dipping.
  • Teriyaki sauce - Our family are big fans of Yoshida's Gourmet Sauce for teriyaki.  I learned about this stuff from Paul at No Excuses BBQ and am glad I did.  
  • Heat level - as written, this was a mild heat level peanut sauce.  If you want medium or hot, increase. 
  • Marinating time - I haven't tried it, but with the slight amount of acid, you could probably let it sit in the marinade all day while you're at work and grill it when you get home.
  • Pork Tenderloins are tapered from one in to the other.  Tip 1:  Keep the thicker end towards your grill's hot spots.  Tip 2:  Measure the internal temp in the middle of the tenderloin. 
  • Serving Suggestions - We served ours with grilled peppers and onions, jasmine rice, and red curry sauce. 
The nice thing about a gas/coal grill combo?  The gas grill (left) makes for nice counter space.

Multi-purpose grilling - veggies in wok, pork grilling, and curry sauce simmering.

grilled thai pork tenderloin with peanut sauce
Pork and peanut sauce?  To die for!

[Standard Disclaimer] I received no compensation for this post.


  1. I love pork and the sauce looks amazing!You always have delicious food on your table. It’s a shame we are not neighbors. :-)

  2. Wow! Looking so yummy!! I'm more interested to taste the 'Peanut Sauce'. It's very new to me. Hope with the pork dish it'll be cool to taste. Thanks for sharing an exclusive recipe.

  3. The appetites of teenage boys never fails to amaze me...although that peanut sauce alone would have had me going back for seconds!

  4. Mmmmmmmm... peanut sauce! That's definitely "spoon right into your mouth" worthy!! Oh, and the pork looks pretty good too :)

  5. Now you're talking my language...pork, curry and peanut sauce...I would have stuck a straw in that sauce! This looks amazing and I'm sure it's on the docket for Saturday!

  6. That looks great! The more peanut sauce the better. DO you have a recipe for the curry sauce by chance?

  7. And for the record, I received no compensation for the Yoshida's Gourmet sauce tip. I pay full price at the warehouse store, same as you… ;)

  8. Yummm. I have a pork tenderloin in the freezer and just may pull it out and try this. Definite eye candy!

    1. This is a real winner may find this one posted on my blog this weekend (of course not with the same quality photography). I've got two nice pork tenderloin in the freezer calling out my name.

  9. Man your food styling is beautiful. I love how you display the pork and rice. And it looks pretty dern good too :)

  10. I've been buying more pork tenderloins lately and have found that by themselves they are pretty boring. A nice peanut sauce sounds great to give the tenderloin some flavor!

    And I won tickets to watch my first ever BBQ cook-off in Oakland in a few weeks. Should be fun! (and I won ten tasting tickets so I hope to be full of some awesome BBQ by the end of the day).

  11. Um, hello. You are on a roll with all of these pork recipes. I have bookmarked all three... nicely done my friend.

  12. Wow, another amazing combo of flavors! You never cease to amaze me Chris!

  13. Yes, your grilled pork tenderloin does look like mine. Although I'm gonna have to make your peanut sauce. I'm a sucker for any nuttty sauce! Thanks for visiting Pork, Knife & Spoon. Talk soon!


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