Tough pork tenderloin in smoker

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by dbbran, Jun 14, 2015.

  1. dbbran

    dbbran Newbie

    Just smoked my first pork tenderloin in electric smoker. It came out.tough. internal temperature was 145. What am I doing wrong?
  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Some supermarkets trim down Pork Loins and label them as Tenderloins. These can be much more tough than true pork tenderloins. Of course there is always the luck of the draw, some piggy's are just tougher than others...JJ
  3. drewed

    drewed Meat Mopper

    Some meat is just better cooked hot and fast on a grill. I think tenderloins tend to be one of these cuts
  4. tjrr

    tjrr Newbie

    How long did you smoke it? Those little pieces can dry out pretty quickly. An alternative might be to smoke it for a brief time with really heavy smoke, then grill or pan broil it. Brining makes a huge difference, too. I do tenderloins on the grill or, in winter, on the Breville panini grill.
  5. Nothing, I suspect that Chef Jimmy is correct. A true pork tenderloin is under 1.5 pounds and should cook rapidly, In my area (South East) they are packaged 2 per pack and look like this.

    Try again hope you have better luck.   Jted

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