Recipe: Kamado Joe Jr Juicy Pork Tenderloin

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  • 2-3 lbs Pork Tenderloin
  • Kinder "The Blend" (or any Salt, Pepper, Garlic Seasoning)


  • Kamado Joe Jr.
  • Jealous Devil Chunx XL Lump Charcoal (or your favorite)
  • Meater WiFi Smart Probe
  • Instant Read Thermometer
  • BBQ Tongs
  • Boning Knife (or any sharp knife)
  • Cutting Boards

Steps to Make the Perfectly Juicy and Easy Pork Tenderloin

1. Prepare the Pork Tenderloin

First, select your pork tenderloin and remove it from the package. Do some light trimming by removing any pieces of fat or meat that might burn during the cooking process. To remove the silver skin, cut slightly under it and, using a paper towel, grab the loose end and pull. Try to get as much off as you can. If you don’t get it all, don’t worry—your pork tenderloin will still taste great.

2. Season and Preheat

While your pork tenderloin absorbs the seasoning, get your grill started. You can cook pork tenderloin with either direct or indirect heat. For this recipe, we’ll use direct heat to get a good crust on the tenderloin. Use Jealous Devil Chunx XL Lump Charcoal for its excellent burn and flavor, or use your favorite lump charcoal or briquettes.

3. Get the Grill Ready

Once the grill reaches about 375 to 400 degrees, it's ready for cooking. Insert the Meater probes into the thickest parts of the meat for accurate temperature monitoring. Place the pork tenderloin on the grill, ensuring it fits inside the Kamado Joe Jr. You might need to manipulate the meat a bit to fit it properly.

4. Sear the Tenderloin

Sear the first side of the tenderloin for about 6-7 minutes. After that, sear the other side for another 6-7 minutes.

5. Cook to Temperature

Once both sides have been seared and you see some color on the meat, continue flipping and cooking to reach the desired internal temperature. The USDA now recommends cooking pork to an internal temperature of 145 degrees. In our case, we had two pork tenderloins of different sizes. The smaller one finished first, while the larger one needed an additional 5 minutes.

6. Monitor the Temperature

Remember, we are cooking for temperature, not time. Aim for the meat to reach 145 degrees internally at the thickest part. Once done, the meat is ready.

7. Rest the Tenderloin

After removing the tenderloins from the heat, let them rest for 5-10 minutes. This allows the internal juices to settle and be reabsorbed into the meat.

8. Enjoy

Now it’s time to eat! Our pork tenderloin took about 25-30 minutes to cook, resulting in a good crust and juicy, flavorful meat.

Enjoy your perfectly cooked Kamado Joe Jr Juicy Pork Tenderloin!

Frequently Asked Questions About Cooking Pork Tenderloin on the Kamado Joe Jr.

Curious about the best techniques for grilling pork tenderloin on your Kamado Joe Jr.? Here are the most frequently asked questions and answers to help you achieve perfectly juicy and flavorful results every time.

The ideal cooking temperature for pork tenderloin on a Kamado Joe Jr. Grill is between 375 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

To remove the silver skin, make a slight cut under it, grab the loose end with a paper towel, and pull it off. Try to remove as much as possible for better results.

Jealous Devil Chunx XL Lump Charcoal is recommended for its excellent burn and flavor, but you can use any favorite lump charcoal or briquettes.

Yes, you can cook pork tenderloin with indirect heat, but using direct heat in this recipe helps achieve a good crust.

Use a Meater WiFi Smart Probe or an instant-read thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit at the thickest part.

Yes, let the pork tenderloin rest for 5-10 minutes after cooking to allow the juices to settle and be reabsorbed into the meat.

Cooking time is approximately 25-30 minutes, but it may vary based on the size of the tenderloin. Always cook to temperature, not time.

Kinder "The Blend" seasoning, which includes salt, pepper, and garlic, works great, but you can use any preferred seasoning blend.

Sear the pork tenderloin directly over the heat for about 6-7 minutes per side to develop a nice crust.

Yes, this method can be adapted for other meats like chicken or beef, adjusting cooking times and temperatures as needed.