Rating: 4.5 stars
29 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 25
  • 4 star values: 0
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 3
  • 29 Ratings

This pork is moist, tender, and well-seasoned through and through thanks to fresh thyme and cracked black peppercorns. Brining the pork in a vinegar mixture, which gently breaks down the proteins for tender meat, also imparts flavor and moisture to the tenderloin. (The same brine also works great with pork chops or poultry). Don’t be alarmed if the surface of the pork exposed to the brine turns gray in color and toughens a bit: you won’t notice it after grilling. Be sure to let the meat rest after removing it from the heat, then serve atop salad with charred snap peas drizzled with buttermilk dressing. Or, cut into smaller pieces and stir into fried rice.


Credit: Daniel Agee

Recipe Summary

25 mins
2 hrs 30 mins
4 (serving size: about 3 slices)


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk together water, rice vinegar, sugar, and salt until dissolved. Place pork in a large ziplock plastic freezer bag; pour in brining mixture. Chill 2 to 3 hours.

  • Preheat grill to medium-high (about 450°F). Remove pork from brining mixture; discard brining mixture. Pat pork dry with paper towels; rub with oil, thyme, and cracked peppercorns.

  • Place pork on grate; grill, uncovered, turning occasionally, until a meat thermometer inserted in thickest portion registers 140°F, 20 to 22 minutes. Remove from grill, and let stand until temperature registers 145°F, about 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

160 calories; fat 5.7g; saturated fat 1.2g; protein 22.7g; carbohydrates 3.2g; fiber 0.2g; sugars 2.5g; cholesterol 70mg; sodium 1224.4mg.