7 Way to Make Pork on the Grill

7 Way to Make Pork on the Grill

Kelli Foster
Jun 29, 2017
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As summer heats up, take this opportunity to leave the oven off and bring your favorite cuts of lean, juicy pork out to the grill. Because the only thing better than a roasted pork tenderloin is one painted with grill marks and flavored with an irresistibly smoky char. From tenderloins to roasts to Thai-spiced burgers, here are seven ways to cook pork on the grill this summer.

1. How To Grill Pork Tenderloin

Lean pork tenderloin is an easy and quick-cooking cut to prepare on the grill. This version starts with a basic spice rub (once you have it down, go ahead and swap in one of your favorites) and develops a charred, crusted outside when cooked over high heat. It's finished over indirect heat so all the juicy goodness remains in inside. Best of all, it's finished cooking in about 20 minutes.

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2. Southwestern-Spiced Pork Tenderloin

While the grill heats up, rub the tenderloin with this Southwestern blend for an extra smoky, spiced flavor, then follow our basic tutorial for cooking pork tenderloin on the grill for an easy weeknight dinner.

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3. Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin

This is one recipe that's worth planning ahead for. You'll be rewarded with an even bigger salty, savory, umami flavor when you get a head start and marinate it overnight. Not to worry if that doesn't work for you, though, because the tenderloin gets brushed with a thick layer of sauce at the end of cooking that still makes the flavor pop.

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4. Ina Garten's Cider-Roasted Pork Tenderloins with Roasted Plum Chutney

This classic recipe is cooked in the oven, but easily adapts to any grill for a quick weeknight dinner. Even the chutney can be made in a cast iron skillet on the grill; you'll just need to add on about five to 10 minutes of cook time.

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5. Grilled Pork Loin

A boneless pork loin roast is typically about two to three times the size of a tenderloin, but brings a very mild, tender flavor to the dinner table. This recipe keeps it simple with a mix of salt and pepper. The cook time is about an hour, although it's a mostly hands-off affair that requires turning the meat just a couple times during cooking.

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6. Roasted Rosemary and Garlic Pork Loin and Potatoes

Before tossing the loin roast on the grill, give it an extra punch of flavor with a paste made from fragrant fresh rosemary, garlic, and olive oil. Cook the meat over indirect heat, following our basic recipe for grilled pork loin. The potatoes can also be cooked on the grill in a small baking pan or cast iron skillet over high heat.

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7. Mini Thai Pork Pitas

A fun play on traditional hamburgers, these mini pork burgers get an Asian twist with fresh herbs, fish sauce and lime juice. You can skip the buns because these patties are stuffed into small pitas and cooked right on the grill.

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