How long to cook grilled whole Pork Loin

How long to cook grilled whole Pork Loin


Pork tenderloin is wonderful when cooked properly. Follow our steps as we answer the question: how long to cook whole pork loin on grill per pound.  Our steps will help you achieve your perfect tenderloin. And although pork loin and pork tenderloin sound the same they really are very different.  The two loins are different because of the location in which the two sections are derived.  The pork loin which is sometimes called "the pork loin roast" is a larger section of the loin segment of the animal which is most often roasted. 

It usually comes in two forms either "bone in" in which the loin ribs are left attached, or the more commonly know "boneless" which you may have seen tied with butcher's string to prevent the loin from falling apart during cooking.  This is most commonly the section in which pork rinds are cut and cooked.  As for the tenderloin this section of meat comes primarily from the major muscle section along the central spine of the animal.  This is undoubtedly the most tender portion of the animal because this section is used for posture and not for the high task of movement. 

Pork loin is lean and succulent and lives up to its name.  It is a versatile meat that can be marinated, rubbed, smoked, baked or cooked in just about any other way you can determine.  Because the meat is so lean the real issues toward cooking the meat revolve around cooking times and just how long one should actually cook the meat.  In this case Knowledge is Power especially for cooking or roasting. 

Some of the most basic and best meals I've had involve a whole pork loin and pork tenderloin that has been generously seasoned using simple spices like Kosher Salt and Pepper then roasted to just the right temperature.  It makes my mouth water just thinking about it. 

Now even though pork loin and pork tenderloin are derived from entirely different sections of the animal the cooking and roasting methods are somewhat similar.  One of the best ways to grill whole pork loin is to rub it with an exceptional pork rub. Jake's Tri -Tip, Steak and Rib Rub is a phenomenal dry rub for pork ribs, pork loin and pork shoulder. Grilling can be done on a kettle grill like a Weber or aluminum grill with gas or radiant heat and so on.

Best methods are to cook the pork tenderloin over indirect heat followed by spreading on some Jake's Award Winning BBQ sauce.

Steps To Whole Grilled pork loin tenderloin How long to cook Per Pound:

  • 1. Select your Pork Loin.
  • 2. Clean and Wash, patting dry afterward.
  • 3. Season the Pork Loin with Jake's Tri-Tip, Steak and Rib Dry Rub.
  • 4. Let rest for 1 hour in cool dry place (refrigerator). Remove and let rest for 10 minutes at room temperature before placing it on the grill.
  • 5. Prepare your grill bringing the temperature to 325 degrees.
  • 6. Oil the grill grates with Olive or similar oil.
  • 7. Place the Pork Loin over the cooler section of the grill and place the top on the grill.
  • 8. Ensure the top grill vents are open and the bottom vents are at least half way open.
  • 9. Begin grilling until the temperature is between 165 - 170 USDA which is the range at which the US Department of Agriculture considers the meat suitable for consumption.
  • 10. Checking temperatures every 15 to 20 minutes will ensure that the meat is grilled to peak temperature. Keep in mind though that each time the lid is opened you may need to add 5 minutes to the grilling cycle to adjust for heat loss. Focus on a temperature check every 25 minutes once your grill is running at the perfect temperature.
  • 11. Once the internal temperature reaches the safe range 145 - 160 degrees Fahrenheit, take it off the grill.

Cooking times per pound.  Typically a whole pork loin averaging 2 to 3 pounds will cook or grill depending on the heat applied for about 25-30 minutes.  If the loin is smaller then of course you may need less time to cook the meat.  The key is to focus on the temperature of the meat and not so much on the weight.  Similarly a steak be it large or small will still need the same amount of time to reach medium rare or medium depending on the cut of the steak.  That applies to pork as well.  Most importantly the grill process must exceed the minimum heat level necessary to kill off any latent bacteria. 

Grilling to a temperature of 165 degrees will ensure that the meat is safe to eat for all.  After grilling let your loin or tenderloin rest for 5-10 minutes so the juices redistribute throughout the meat. Serve by slicing across the loin.

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How long do you grill whole pork loin per pound:

We've added our Cooking chart to help answer the question: How long do you grill whole pork loin per pound. Our focus in the chart is to achieve a internal temperature that ensures you receive the best results. And while we may estimate the time it takes to grill pork loin and cook pork in general it is more important that the internal temperature be achieved.  A 2 Lb pork loin may take approximate 1-2 hours depending the amount of heat applied, whether there are any rubs applied, the external temperature around the grill, the amount of charcoal or gas applied and whether the meat started out at room temperature or was cold when grilling started.  

Temperature Chart For Meats
Chops Gourmet USDA
Rare N/A N/A
Medium Rare N/A N/A
Medium N/A N/A
Medium Well 155-165ºF 165-170ºF
Well Done 175-185ºF 175ºF





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