BBQ Sauce for Pork Recipe

BBQ Pork Tenderloin is an Inspiration of Asian Cooking and American Cuisine

This BBQ sauce for pork recipe is an East-Meets-West dish. But it is super easy to make. The meat is very tender and juicy.

BBQ Sauce for Pork Recipe | Baked BBQ Pork Tenderloin

Total Time:
90 Minutes
Prep Time
: 10 Minutes  

Inactive Cook Time: 80 Minutes  
Serving: 2-4

It is the combination of 2 of my husband's favorite dishes. One is the Chinese traditional roast pork and the Recovery Room fall-off-the-bone spare ribs.  (Believe it or not, I nailed this recipe and it is one of the most popular recipes on my website. Make sure you check it out.)


You can double the quantity of this recipe. If so, make sure that there is about 1" (2.5cm) space around each tenderloin. Don't put them tightly next to each other. The space will allow the heat going through the meat to get it cooked. The marinade and the glaze ingredients will need to double. But for cook time, it will be the same. No need to increase the cook time.

What about using the same method you learned from above to cook 2 pork tenderloins at the same time, but different flavors? Sounds too crazy? Oh yes, I have done that many times. All you need to do is to use the aluminum foil to help you to separate them out. Use your baking dish as a measuring unit. Then, have the aluminum foil to mold half of the size of that pan. In the end, you will make 2 individuals "containers" for each pork tenderloin. It will ensure that the juices are not going to mix up in the middle of the baking process. Of course, if you want to have more convenience, use 2 baking dishes.

Using foil to separate 2 tenderloins of different flavorsUse aluminum foil to make "individual" disposable containers to separate 2 tenderloins of different flavors. Pop the entire baking dish into the oven and cook both at the same time.

While the meat is in the oven, there is plenty of time for you to prepare any side dishes that you can serve with this BBQ sauce for pork recipe. My family loves steamed white rice mixed with a lot of BBQ sauce. Sometimes, we serve it with the warm cinnamon apples. I, myself, like to have a light toss salad or steamed/blanched vegetables. The options are endless.

Slow cooker fans, you may want to ask if making this BBQ sauce for pork recipe in the crock pot is possible. I highly recommend you staying away from going that route. Tenderloin is a very lean meat. It is very similar to chicken breasts. Cooking in a slow cooker will only get all the juice out and leave you with sand-paper liked meat. If you insist, you must sear the meat in high heat on the stove top first before transferring into a crock pot. But why would you do that? It gives you more dishes to do. So, stick with your oven.

How to Cook Pork Tenderloin Evenly, Instead of Burning One End

When it comes to tenderloin, the tip is always thinner than the rest of the part. So, you can easily burn that end. Here is an easy fix. Get ready 2 toothpicks. Fold up the tip to make the entire piece of meat have about the same thickness. Then, secure it with toothpicks. You only need to remember to pull the toothpicks out before serving.

bbq_pork_tenderloin_03Using 2 toothpicks to secure the folded tip to make the entire tenderloin thickness about the same. This will guarantee the meat is cooked evenly instead of burning one end.

What To Do With BBQ Pork Tenderloin Leftover?

If you happen to have leftover which I doubt it, it is perfect to make Roast Pork Fried Rice.

BBQ Sauce for Pork Recipe and Instructions

1 (about 1.5 lb / 680g) Pork Tenderloin
No-Stick Cooking Spray
Salt and pepper to taste

For marinade
1/3 cup (79g) BBQ Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's Hickory and Brown Sugar Barbecue Sauce)
1 tsp Honey
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper

For glazing
2 cups (473g) BBQ Sauce
1/2 cup (118g) Water
2-3 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 pinch of salt and black pepper

  1. Trim fat from the meat if you want to (in my opinion, it is lean enough that a little fat on the meat actually helps to keep it moist).
  2. Combine all the ingredients of marinade in a mixing bowl.
  3. Massage the tenderloin about 5 mins with marinade mixture.
  4. Chill in fridge overnight.
  5. Take meat out to sit in room temperature about 15 mins before baking.
  6. Preheat oven at 400F (204C).
  7. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil for easy clean up later.
  8. Coat foil-lined pan with no-stick cooking spray and transfer meat over. Save the marinade to mix into the mixing of glaze.
  9. Bake tenderloin in the pan for 30 mins.
  10. Turn it over and cook another 30 minutes.
  11. While waiting, combine the glazing ingredients and the marinade leftover in a small sauce pan.
  12. Warm up the glaze at medium low heat until sugar dissolved. Taste to adjust seasonings.
  13. Brush glaze on top of the meat and bake for another 10 minutes.
  14. Turn it over and brush glaze on another size of tenderloin and bake for the last 10 minutes.
  15. Use a meat thermometer to test if it is cooked through. The instant temperature should be around 170F (77C). If not put it back into the oven for another 10 minutes or until it reaches the right temperature.
  16. Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing the meat.
  17. Serve with dipping sauce and rice on the side.

BBQ Sauce for Pork Recipe Steps with Photos

Marinade ingredients in mixing bowlTransfer marinade ingredients into a mixing bowl.
Meat is marinatedMessage and coat pork tenderloin with marinade and chill overnight.
Pork tenderloin on baking dishFold up the tip of the meat to make it about the same thickness as the rest of the tenderloin and secure it with 2 toothpicks. Then, bake in the preheated oven.
Getting BBQ sauce readyMix glaze/dipping sauce in a medium sauce pan and warm it up.
Meat covered with glazeCoat glaze on top of meat.
Sliced up tenderloinSlice up pork tenderloin and serve with more dipping sauce.
Tenderloin served with rice and veggiesEnjoy BBQ Pork Tenderloin with steamed white rice and broccoli.

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