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Fresh Pork Tenderloin Sliders

Sometimes the simplest meals make the most sense. Case in point, I have a special place in my heart for fresh pork tenderloin. I never thought of it until our friends at Smithfield made the suggestion, but besides a great grilled dinner, fresh pork tenderloin also makes the best sliders.

Think about it for a minute. First, a fresh pork tenderloin is perfectly “slider sized.” Second, there is no faster way to grill up a dozen sliders than by grilling one fresh pork tenderloin.

Even better is that Smithfield fresh pork tenderloin is perfectly pre-marinated in delicious seasonings, thus reducing prep time. They’re perfect any night, as Smithfield has done the prep work for you! 

For this recipe, I used the Weber Q. It’s a great example of the Q’s versatility, as it involves both direct and indirect grilling.

Garlic & Herb Pork Sliders
by Mike Lang

1 Smithfield Garlic and Herb Seasoned Pork Tenderloin
12 slices gouda cheese
12 slider rolls
12 sweet gherkin pickles


1. Prepare the grill for direct grilling and allow to preheat for 10-15 minutes. 

2.  Over direct medium heat, grill the fresh tenderloin for 2 minutes a side, for a total of 8 minutes. 

3.  Move the tenderloin over indirect heat now. Or if using a Q, remove the tenderloin from the grill and place the roasting shield on the grates. Place the tenderloin on the roasting shield, lower the lid.

Grill for an additional 12-15 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the tenderloin reaches 145 F with an instant read thermometer.

4. Remove the tenderloin from the grill. Allow to rest a few minutes and then slice into 12 equal pieces. Place each slice on a bun and then top with a piece of gouda. Return the slices on to the roasting shield or over indirect heat. Lower the lid for several minutes allowing the cheese to melt.

Tip: For perfectly sized cheese slices, cut each slice with a cookie cutter to match the size of the sliders. 

5.  Remove from the grill, add your favorite condiment, and top with a pickle. To say these are fantastic is to sell them short. They are just that good.