Barbecue Pork Tenderloin Recipe
With Fire Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

The secret to this barbecue pork tenderloin recipe is the combination of the pork cooked in a spicy rub and then a lovely tomato and fire roasted red pepper sauce to top it off.

Just look at how succulent and moist that meat is in the picture below:

Slicing the grilled barbecue pork tenderloin

Tenderloin is the equivalent pork cut to fillet steak. It's the muscle which sits close to the spine and doesn't get much activity whilst the pig is foraging for food. There's very little connective tissue and there's really not much fat on it at all. Consequently cooking a tenderloin to perfection does require you to watch it carefully because it's really easy to overcook and once overdone it is dry.

A top tip for the barbecue sauce is not to cook it too much, it should still have “substance” and “bite” and really blast out the fresh flavors.

The barbecue sauce will take about 30 mins to reduce and can be done while the peppers are roasting on the grill. Click here for my fire roasting red pepper recipe.

Fire Roasted Red Peppers

So while the pork is cooking there will be plenty of time to have a glass of wine. The barbecue sauce has a distinctly Italian influence to it so I like to compliment it with a good bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo.

There’s enough here to do two pork tenderloins each weighing about 450g or 1lb. Trim any fat off (if there is any) the tenderloins and then apply the rub.

So time to light the BBQ and get those peppers roasted in the fire.

You’ll also need a handful of chopped fresh basil to finish off.

Preparation Time:- 30 mins
Marinade Time:- 30 mins
Cooking Time:- 30 mins

Total Time:- 1 hr 30 mins


My barbecue pork tenderloin recipe contains only fresh ingredients so there are no allergens to worry about.

Ingredients For The Sauce:

  • 8 chopped fresh plum tomatoes (or 1 x 400g can peeled plum tomatoes)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red onion roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves of chopped garlic
  • Salt & Freshly ground black pepper
  • Fire roasted red peppers (chopped)
  • Basil leaves


Blitz the above ingredients excepting the peppers and the basil leaves in a food processor for a few seconds and then pour it in a pan and bring it to a simmer. I’ll leave it you how long you how long you want to reduce the sauce – it really depends on much bite you want. My vote goes for anything between 15 and 20 minutes on simmer and you'll have a great tasting sauce with a wonderfully viscous consistency.

To finish, add the chopped fire roasted red peppers and put to one side whilst you cook the tenderloin.

Now back to the serious part of the barbecue pork tenderloin recipe:

Prepare the rub below, brush some olive oil over the pork and rub all over.

For the dry rub:


  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon muscovado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chilli powder


Once you've applied the rub, give it a further 30 minutes to soak up into the meat.

Medium hot coals are required so there’s plenty of time to finish the Montepulciano. Slap the tenderloin on the grill, turn occasionally and 20 minutes later you'll have a beautifully cooked pork tenderloin.

This point is open to debate but I like my pork tenderloin to be just a little pink on the inside so I use a temperature probe and look for 60°C or 140°F core temperature. Food safety standards would tell you that I'm 10°C under where I should be but my view is if you took pork tenderloin to 70°C (160°F) then it will be dry.

Allow the tenderloin to rest for 5 minutes to seal in the juices and then you're ready to plate up. Slice the tenderloin at half inch intervals, serve it onto the plate and spoon on some of the sauce to accompany it.

Now is that the best barbecue pork tenderloin recipe you've ever tasted?.....Well, Bon Appetit!

Related Pages:-

Chinese Smoked Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Essential Tip How To Peel Garlic
Information about BBQ Grills
More Great Barbecue Pork Recipes

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