Chili-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Chili-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
It’s all about heat and the thrill of the grill around here in July!
Can you believe we’ll be celebrating our country’s birthday next Monday?  Along with throwing traditional hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill Chili-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin will heat up your 4th of July barbeque.  It pairs well with all of your favorite side salads and yummy desserts, a fiery sparkler, that will add a new star to your holiday party.

Mix up the spicy chili-rub…
Trim visible fat from tenderloin and cover with chili rub…
Prepare a batch of Kansas City Barbecue Sauce, (I like to double the recipe) and preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
Grill for about 15 minutes per side and add BBQ sauce in the last couple of minutes.  Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes before slicing.
Slice, and plate tenderloins, adding your favorite garnish.
I’m sending best wishes for your happiest holiday ever.  Isn’t the 4th just the best?  We are looking forward to time with our family and friends, starting the day at a pancake breakfast and bike parade, time out on the lake, and firing up the grill before fireworks and smores.  I can hardly wait!  Oh, before I forget, serve with lots of extra sauce and enjoy a fabulous time with your loved ones too.
5 from 1 reviews
Chili-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Serves: 2 cups Rib Sauce
Chili-Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin
  • 2 pieces whole pork tenderloin (cleaned with silver skin removed)
  • 2 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 cups Kansas City Rib Sauce
Kansas City Rib Sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup vinegar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne
  1. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. In a bowl combine above ingredients with the exception of the BBQ sauce.
  3. Rub pork tenderloins liberally with the rub mixture.
  4. Place tenderloins on grill for 15 minutes turning frequently or until it reaches an internal temperature of 140 degrees in the thickest part of the tenderloin. Baste tenderloin liberally with the BBQ sauce in the last minute of the cooking process. Be careful to do so before, or the sauce will caramelize and burn on the grill.
  5. Remove from heat and let rest for five minutes.
  6. Slice tenderloins into ½ inch thick slices.
  7. Serve with extra sauce.
Kansas City Rib Sauce
  1. Heat oil in a saucepan.
  2. Add garlic and sauté until brown.
  3. Add remaining ingredients and reduce heat.
  4. Simmer for 15 minutes until thickened.
Kansas City Rib Sauce is a rich, thick, tomato based barbecue sauce recipe often associated these days as Kansas City Style. You get that traditional combination of sweet with a touch of heat in a dark and thick tomato sauce. Adjust the heat by changing the amount of cayenne.
Make it a hot one!

About The Author


Renée is passionate about making and sharing ALL things delicious! Her happy place really is her kitchen where she loves whipping up memories with her family and friends. Raised in sunny Southern California she's spent her adulthood in Idaho, both sides of her great state. She's married to an amazing man, and together they have 5 children, who gave them five more, and now they have 28 grandchildren. So there’s always a reason to cook and celebrate around their place!


  1. Pondside

    That looks delicious! We always do pork tenderloin for our annual Dinner in the Garden – I’ll do a trial run on the sauce – it would make a nice change.

  2. Debbie

    Oh yes! This looks delicious and makes me anxious for a family cookout. Pork tenderloin is a family favorite. I’ll show that Kansas City sauce to him.

  3. LDH

    Oh, yes, yes yes! This is the kind of food that completely satisfies my hunger. Just look at the perfect grilling and savory bbq sauce. Gonna be a happy 4th at your house 🙂 Wish I could join you all.

  4. Happier Than a Pig in Mud

    This looks great Gnee! I like the B-B-Q sauce too! Sounds like you’re all ready for the 4th:@)

  5. Red Couch Recipes

    Gnee, first of all, when are you going to give some photo lessons — your photos are so great! Second of all, the pork looks sooooo good and would brighten up anyones 4th. Joni

  6. GardenofDaisies (Gayle)

    The 4th celebration with your family sounds like it will be just perfect!! The BBq tenderloin looks delicious!! I’m glad you’re using a KC style sauce, cuz we think we have the best BBQ in the country.

  7. Julie

    This looks so delicious! KC is my home town and KC BBQ is the best!!! Wishing we were closer to share a BBQ! Hope hubby continues to be on the mend!


  8. Natalia Lynn

    These look incredible, love it! I am bookmarking this, I definitely have to try them!

  9. Garden of Egan

    I have been chicken to try and make a tenderloin and never have.
    Your post might have made me brave.

    I do have a request….could you teach me how to cut a pineapple?
    You are my guru.

  10. Baye

    Sounds great! Can’t wait to try it.


    This looks so good. Would come over and share some of your recipes at my link party Cast Party Wednesday tomorrow?
    I hope to see you there!

  12. 07377b24-3a89-11e4-ae8a-dbbf674462f3

    I know, I’m a little tardy to the party, but I made this the other day and was the HERO of the party!

    Thanks for the great recipe!


Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

Welcome to CK!

We're Alison and Renée, and we're so glad you've joined us! Our kitchens are our happy place, where we're whipping up memories. Get comfy and check things out. We hope you find inspiring dishes and ways to better your life. Feeling optimistic, trying new things and sharing with those we love brings joy in all we do. It's time to cook, create and celebrate. CHEERS! Read More…


Sign-up Now - Don't Miss the Fun! Subscribe

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest and greatest from Cheery Kitchen. 

Thank you! You're all set.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This