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apple cider pork tenderloin

Smoked Apple Cider Pork Tenderloin

  • Author: Jess Pryles



One pork tenderloin, about 1.5 lb

1.5 cups apple cider

1 cup water

1 tablespoon salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 teaspoons ground cardamom (optional)

2 teaspoons whole peppercorns

12 tablespoons pork rub


  1. In a saucepan, combine cider, water, sugar, salt, cardamom and peppercorns. Heat gently until salt and sugar are dissolved. Allow to cool.
  2. Trim the tenderloin from any large pieces of fat or membrane and place in a large ziptop bag. Pour in the cooled brine, seal the bag then place in the fridge to marinade for 1-2 hours.
  3. Heat a smoker to run at 250f.
  4. Remove the tenderloin from the brine, discarding the liquid. Pat dry with paper towels and season on all sides with the pork rub.
  5. Place the tenderloin into the smoker and cook until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145f. This will take about 1-1.5 hours.
  6. When at temperature, remove from smoker, wrap with foil and rest 20 minutes before slicing and serving.