Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Let me just go ahead and make this claim:  this was the best pork tenderloin I’ve had in my life, and my wife agreed.  I had been toying around with the idea of grilling some tenderloins covered in pecans but just hadn’t got around to it.  I also whipped up a raspberry chipotle BBQ sauce to drizzle over them which was also amazing.  Yes, it sounds like I’m full of myself, but I can’t help it, these were really that good 🙂  OK, here we go with how to do these.

Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloins


Two, 1-1.5 lb tenderloins.
1 bag of pecan “pieces” (make sure to get the “pieces” so you don’t have to spend any additional time grinding them down…)
1-2 cups of panko crumbs or bread crumbs (I used panko.  You don’t have to use either, it just adds a bit more texture.)
3/4 – 1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
Salt, pepper, or any other seasoning you want (I used a bit of the Simply Marvelous “Sweet Seduction” rub which has dehydrated peach and honey powder in it which was perfect for this)


Beat the 2 eggs and set aside.  Combine the pecans, brown sugar, optional panko or bread crumbs and your spices and mix in a bowl then spread into a thin, even layer in another tray or glass pan.  Lay the tenderloins down in a tray and pore the egg all over them and flip them over to make sure they’re as covered with the egg as possible.  Transfer them to the tray with the pecan toppings and roll around until completely covered.  Sit in the fridge for at least a couple hours.

Update 8-12-12:  I’ve found it works better if you first cover the tenderloin in flour, then coat it with the egg wash and the pecan topping.  Covering it with flour first allows more of the egg wash to stick which in turns let more of the pecan topping to stick.

Get your kettle ready and get the temp up to anywhere between 325° – 400° (I cooked mine at 350°).  Here’s the main thing to keep in mind with tenderloins:  though they are quite thick, they cook extremely fast and you only want to cook them to about 160° – 165°.  Use a remote food probe if you have one to keep a constant eye on them, if not, plan on drinking a beer near the grill and checking the temp 10-15 minutes into it and every few minutes after that.  No need to turn them, unless you just want to, but I never do and they also cook evenly enough for my tastes.  Pull em’ off when they’re done, slice immediately and serve.

Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

I borrowed this recipe from this blog, but I tweaked it a little, leaving out the rum b/c I didn’t have any and did 1/2 with chipotles and 1/2 without them.


1 1/2 – 2 cups raspberry preserves
Anywhere between 2-5 chipotles (in abodo sauce)
3 cups ketchup
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp yellow mustard
1 Tbsp pure chili powder
2 Tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 Tsp garlic powder
1 Tsp ground allspice
1/4 Tsp ground cloves


Mix all the ingredients except the ketchup and chipotles into a sauce pan and bring to a simmer until everything is mixed well and dissolved.  At this point, add the ketchup and bring to a boil.  Once it starts boiling, drop the heat way down to just a simmer and add the finely chopped chipotles.  CAUTION:  the chipotles pack quite a kick, so be careful, especially if you think you might have some people trying the sauce that aren’t big heat fans.  I took the recipe and split it into 2 sauce pans and only add 2 chipotles into one of them.  It had a nice kick, but since I like hot stuff, next time I’ll use more  🙂  The one without them was super good too though and still had a bit of kick (according to my wife).  Simmer for 30 minutes, let cool, then jar.  It will keep in the fridge for a few months (but it will be gone before that…..guaranteed…).

Thanks for looking and enjoy!


 Here they are after they sat in the fridge for a few hours covered in the pecans, panko, Simply Marvelous rub and brown sugar.

Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Sliced just seconds after I pulled them off the Weber kettle.

Panko Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Drizzled with the homemade raspberry chipotle BBQ sauce.

Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

 Here’s the video from start to finish.


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10 Responses to Pecan Crusted Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry Chipotle BBQ Sauce

  1. Paul Rehbein June 26, 2012 at 10:49 am #

    Maaaaaan…..made this on Saturday. So good! I ended up using only loins instead since I didn’t have the tenderloin. I just cut it down the middle length wise so it gave be 2 that were about tenderloin size. But the wife loved ’em. Eating the leftovers tonight and now need to figure out what to make with the leftover sauce since we have quite a bit left.

    • Steve June 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

      did you do the sauce with or w/o the chipotles? what did you think? what did the wife think (more important)? my wife didn’t care for the chipotles, so i also make it w/o those and also add honey sometime…

      • Paul Rehbein June 28, 2012 at 9:45 am #

        I did it with the chipotles but I believe we added more than 2 cups of preserves by mistake :/ So, I think the extra sweetness may have offset the heat from the peppers, however, still turned out good! Wife and I loved the sauce so we have to figure out what to do with what is left.

  2. Liz August 10, 2012 at 3:20 pm #

    That looks absolutely delicious. The crust just sounds perfect with the pecans and the crumbs. I definitely will be trying this out sometime!!!

  3. Trevor August 12, 2012 at 6:33 pm #

    About to take off mine, they look so good. I didn’t make the sauce though, but should be delicious without.

  4. Troy June 16, 2013 at 10:44 am #

    ya you are full of yourself LOL but everything you make looks so damn good

  5. Justin August 17, 2015 at 12:28 pm #

    That sauce looks delicious! Did you strain the raspberry seeds?

    • Steve August 18, 2015 at 8:46 am #

      Nope! I’ve made this sauce a lot and have never strained the seeds and it comes out just fine and no one has ever said anything about the seeds 🙂

  6. Justin August 21, 2015 at 11:21 am #

    Awesome, thanks! I’m going to try this very soon!

    • Steve September 11, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Let me know how it comes out!!

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