Smoking meat is one of the best ways to cook pork, especially the tougher cuts. These Pork Tenderloin Recipes on Masterbuilt Electric Smoker, however, is all about the tender cut from pork.
See, I love pork tenderloin because it is full of protein and meat but it is already tender. There are not many things that you need to do to cook it and have a tender finish.
Most people overdo it and make mistakes, especially when brining the meat.
You just need to brine it to loosen the muscles a little bit but some people leave it too long in the brine.
There are also other ways to cook a pork tenderloin without using brine. That way, you will only add flavors to the meat and you will not affect the texture of the pork tenderloin too much.
We will be looking at the recipe that Masterbuilt has and see if we can make it easier for you. There are some tips included in the recipe so make sure you look at them and try to remember.
We have made a fairly long version of the recipe from Masterbuilt but we assure you that this one is easier to follow. Here, we will look into the details and tell you exactly what to do.
Smoked Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Step 1: Prepare The Pork Tenderloin
Prepare the pork tenderloin first by defrosting it in the refrigerator overnight. Wash off the blood if any and then start trimming off the fat cap from the meat but do not remove it all.
Leave a thin layer of the fat cat to help the meat absorb more juices later.
Get a knife, score the silver skin on one end, lift the silver skin with a paper towel, and then pull it off.
Step 2: Season And Brine
Once you get the fat cap trimmed and the silver skin removed, you can now brine the pork tenderloin.
Place it in a sealable plastic bag and then pour the apple juice into the bag.
Leave it in the fridge for 6 hours overnight to let the sweetness soak in.
Here’s a tip: do not let the pork tenderloin brine for over 24 hours as it will become too soft and will shred apart.
After 6 hours, you can remove the pork tenderloin from the brine and then rinse it with cold water before patting it dry with a paper towel. Combine the salt, garlic powder, and pepper.
Apply them to the pork tenderloin before sprinkling the BBQ dry rub seasoning all over the tenderloin.
Put the brown sugar as well and let the pork tenderloin sit for at least 10 minutes.
Step 3: Preheat The Masterbuilt Electric Smoker
Fill up the side tray of the electric smoker with wood chips of your choice.
Fill up the water pan with half apple juice and half water and then start with the preheating.
Set the temperature to 230-250 degrees Fahrenheit and close the lid with the vent fully open. Allow the electric smoker to preheat for at least 15 minutes to distribute the heat evenly.
Step 4: Smoke The Pork Tenderloin
Place the pork tenderloin in the smoker and close the lid for 3 hours. After 3 hours, check the internal temperature using a meat probe and look for 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
If not, you can let the pork tenderloin smoke for another hour before checking the temperature again.
Once it reaches the desired internal temperature, remove it from the electric smoker.
Place it on a cutting board and allow it to rest for at least 10 minutes.
This will allow the meat to get all the juices back to rest and then slice it into thin cuts before serving.
Bacon-Wrapped Smoked Pork Tenderloin Recipe
Step 1: Weave The Bacon
Lay 7 to 8 pieces of bacon on parchment paper and then start weaving it by overlapping each strip of bacon. Add more if it is not enough for your tenderloin
Step 2: Season Your Pork Tenderloin
Clean up the tenderloin by removing the fat cap before rinsing and patting it dry with paper towels. Rub Dijon mustard all over the cleaned tenderloin and then let it rest a bit.
Mix sea salt, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, smoked paprika, and brown sugar. Cover the outside of the tenderloin and let it rest for 15 minutes in the fridge.
Step 3: Wrap The Tenderloin
Place the tenderloin on the parchment paper right on top of the weaved strips of bacon. Roll the parchment paper to guide the bacon strips and cover the entire tenderloin.
Once done, secure them with butcher twine to keep everything secured. Once secured, place the tenderloins in the fridge and leave them there to rest for another 15 minutes.
Step 4: Smoke The Tenderloins
Preheat the electric smoker with your favorite wood chips and set the temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Add water and apple juice in the water pan of the smoker as well.
Place the bacon-wrapped tenderloin directly on the grates and close the lid. Let it smoke for at least an hour before inserting a meat probe into the thickest part of the tenderloin.
After 2 hours, check if the tenderloin has reached an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit to get a medium-rare finish.
You can cook it more if you want to go further with the doneness.
Once you are satisfied with the finish on the tenderloin, you can take it out of the smoker and rest for at least 10 minutes before serving it.
How Long Do You Smoke Pork Loin At 250?
Pork tenderloin is a lean cut of meat, which means that it needs to be cooked properly or come out pretty basic and dry on the outside with a slightly rubbery texture.
If you are using an electric smoker and set the temperature to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, you should cook pork loin for 2 to 3 hours if it has an average thickness.
Do You Smoke Pork Loin Fat Side Up Or Down
While some may argue that cooking the tenderloin with the fat side down protects the actual meat from burning, you do not need that with smokers.
Since electric smokers do not emit too much fire or flames, the meat will not burn out. It is better to cook tenderloin with the fat side up to get the fats to baste the meat and make it juicier.
How Do You Keep A Pork Loin From Drying Out When Smoking?
You can prevent the pork loin from drying out while smoking it is to cover it with aluminum foil. It is effective in keeping the loin moist with enough heat as well.
The problem with this is that the flavor from the smoke is blocked. That is why you can leave an opening underneath the aluminum foil or leave enough fats on the pork loin.
Do You Wrap Pork Loin In Foil When Smoking?
It is not necessary to always wrap the pork loin in aluminum foil when you smoke it.
Leaving it open will give the pork loin more flavors from the smoke.
You can also make the best pork loins with enough juiciness and tenderness as long as you can control or manage the temperature well. That way, you will not need aluminum foil for that.
What To Serve With Smoked Pork Tenderloin?
Smoked pork tenderloin goes well with BBQ sauce or side dishes like salads, potatoes, and bread.
You can also use the smoked pork tenderloin as a filling in your sandwiches or tacos.
Pork tenderloin is a very delicious cut of meat and is very easy to prepare/cook.
However, it is delicate, so you need to be careful to cook it to make sure that you do not waste it.
One thing you can do is not overdo the brine. This recipe follows a very simple brine but you can skip that and just go with a dry rub to not affect the meat’s texture too much.
So by following the recipe and tips above, you will be able to cook the best meal for your family. Prepare your Masterbuilt electric smoker and then get your ingredients ready for this recipe!
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