Grilled Dr. Pepper Pork Tenderloin

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Now, I’m always a sucker for cooking meat with soda. It’s a super classy thing to be a sucker for–I’m pretty sure food snobs around the world are aghast at the idea of marinating a pork tenderloin in Dr. Pepper, and yet I’m pretty sure if they tried it, they would think it’s pretty fantastic.

Variations of this recipe have been floating around for as long as I can remember (7Up, anyone??) and it’s of my favorite ways to prepare one of my favorite cuts of meat. If you’ve had a hard time getting into pork tenderloin, here are a few reasons why you should, there are so many reasons why you should. Just like it’s name, when it’s cooked correctly, it’s incredibly moist (sorry, Sara) and tender. It’s fancy enough for guests, but it cooks quickly and easily enough for a weeknight. It’s super lean, so if you’re watching your calories, pork tenderloin is a must-have. Plus, it’s just flat-out delicious.

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To make this, you’ll need a can of Dr. Pepper (caffeine free is fine, but you’re going to want the sugar–it will help create a flavorful, crispy crust), soy sauce, vegetable or olive oil, Sriracha sauce, garlic, and green onions.

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Rinse and pat dry 2 pork tenderloins (1 package).

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Pierce pork tenderloins several times with a fork and place in a Ziploc bag. Set aside.

Whisk together remaining ingredients

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and add Dr. Pepper.

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and pour over the pork.

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Marinate for at least four hours, not longer than 24 hours.

When ready to cook, preheat grill over medium high heat. Set one side of the grill to high and the other to low. Lightly oil grates. Place the tenderloins on the side set to medium-low and cook for 7 minutes. Flip and cook for 6 minutes. Leave the lid closed, turn off heat, and allow to stand for 5 more minutes (an internal temperature should read at least 145 degrees F.) Slice into 1/2″ slices and serve with veggies and rice if desired.
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Grilled Dr. Pepper Pork Tenderloin


Description

Sweet, smoky, flavorful, and moist, this may be your new favorite way to serve pork tenderloin!


Ingredients

1 12-ounce can Dr. Pepper

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup soy sauce

4 tablespoons fresh lime juice

56 cloves garlic, smashed or roughly chopped

2 green onions, chopped (plus green ends for garnish, if desired)

1 1/2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce

23 lb. pork tenderloin


Instructions

Pierce pork tenderloins several times with a fork and place in a Ziploc bag. Set aside.

Whisk together remaining ingredients and pour over the pork. Marinate for at least four hours, not longer than overnight.

When ready to cook, preheat grill over medium high heat. Set one side of the grill to high and the other to low. Lightly oil grates. Place the tenderloins on the side set to medium-low and cook for 7 minutes. Flip and cook for 6 minutes. Leave the lid closed, turn off heat, and allow to stand for 5 more minutes (an internal temperature should read at least 145 degrees F.) Slice into 1/2″ slices and serve with veggies and rice if desired.


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29 comments

  1. I made this for dinner for company last night. The flavor was incredibly delicious and I received many compliments! Thanks for making me look good! I also made the lemon cake with glaze using the pudding (as opposed to the Jell-O) option. Yay on that one too! You know how much I love you girls!

  2. Kate,
    I made the pork tonight. It was the best tenderloin I have ever made. It was delicious. I made a minor tweek, I added the lime zest too, as my family loves the lime flavor. It will be in my regular dinner rotation.
    Thank you SO much for this delicious recipe!

  3. That looks amazing! Does the siracha in the marinade make the pork very spicy? I’m sensitive /wimpy when it comes to spice. Thanks!

  4. I noticed the instructions say no longer than 24 hours for the marinade. What happens if you put it in for dinner but forget your husband’s family is going out to dinner and don’t cook it until the next day? Should I try cooking it for dinner tonight? Or will it be ruined? Thanks for all your recipes btw!!!

    1. The acids in the soda will eventually saturate the meat and slowly change its texture. It can be a little off putting.

  5. Thanks for the tip on the good by on an Instant Pot at Amazon Prime Day! I’ve been thinking about getting one, and today was my lucky day at $69!

  6. This looks incredibly yummy! Any cooking suggestions for those who can’t use and/or don’t have a grill? Grill pan on the stove with a disposable aluminum pan to cover? Roasting? Thanks!

  7. This looks so delicious, my family loves pork tenderloin! Two questions: where did you get that pan? Love it. Second, they don’t sell Dr Pepper ( I know, I know…) Can I use regular cola instead?

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