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sliced smoky brown sugar pork tenderloin on a white cutting board
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Smoky Brown Sugar Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Rubbed with a smoky, chipotle brown sugar rub, this Smokey Brown Sugar Crusted Pork Tenderloin is grilled to juicy perfection. A squeeze of fresh lime juice perfectly compliments this crusty and perfectly moist and tender bite of lean pork.

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Smoky Brown Sugar Crusted Pork Tenderloin
Servings: 6
Calories: 215kcal


  • 1.5 pounds pork tenderloin
  • 2 limes - cut into wedges

Brown Sugar Chipotle Spice Rub

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt - course
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin


  • Preheat barbecue grill to a medium-high heat and then oil grill grates.
  • Combine Brown Sugar Chipotle Spice Rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
  • Rub pork tenderloin(s) with spice rub.
  • Place pork tenderloins directly over barbecue grill flame and cook 2-3 minutes per side, rotating tenderloins to caramelize the outside of the pork, but not to the point of burning.
  • Move pork tenderloins to in-direct heat and continue to cook for 8-10 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Let the meat rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  • Serve with lime wedges for squeezing if desired.



Oven Directions: Roast in a 400 degree oven in a lightly greased baking dish for 20-35 minutes depending on the size of the pork tenderloin(s) until the center reaches 140 degrees and the outside is golden and caramelized. Let the pork rest for 10 minutes before slicing.


Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 74mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 493mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 145IU | Vitamin C: 6.5mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.5mg