Maple-Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin
Food and Drink

Reprinted with permission from Hot and Fast BBQ on Your Traeger Grill by Ed and Noelle Randolph. Page Street Publishing Co. 2022. Photo credit: Ken Goodman

Maple-Chipotle Glazed Pork Tenderloin

"Mantles of spice and heat from four sources meet the smooth sweetness of real maple syrup (don’t ruin it with the chemically fake version)."

Time: approximately 30 minutes Serves: 4


for Maple-Chipotle Glaze:

1⁄2 cup pure maple syrup, not the fake stuff

1⁄4 cup light brown sugar

2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, finely chopped, plus 1 teaspoon sauce

1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons chili powder


for the tenderloin:                                                          

butcher’s string

1 pound pork tenderloin

2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and pepper

1 chunk sugar maple wood

heavy-duty aluminum foil

Set up the WSM for 400°F and remove the water pan. One fully lit chimney should do the trick for this recipe.

For the Maple-Chipotle Glaze, in a small bowl, mix together the maple syrup, brown sugar, chipotle peppers with sauce, mustard, and chili powder. Cover and keep it in the fridge until you’re ready to use it.

Using the butcher’s string, tie the pork tenderloin so it looks uniform in thickness from one end to the other. Be sure the ends are tucked in and are the same thickness as the center of the tenderloin.

Coat the outside of the tenderloin with the olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

Place the maple wood on top of the charcoal, put the tenderloin on the bottom cooking grate and cook for 13 minutes. Flip the tenderloin over, brush on some of the Maple-Chipotle Glaze, just to coat, and cook for 13 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 135°F.

Flip the tenderloin over, brush on some of the glaze, just to coat, and cook for 5 minutes. The finished internal temperature should be 140°–145°F. Remove the tenderloin from the heat. Loosely tent it with foil and let it rest for 15 minutes.

While the tenderloin rests, in a small saucepan over medium heat, simmer the remaining glaze for 10 minutes.

Slice the tenderloin into 1⁄2-inch pieces, and serve it with the Maple-Chipotle Glaze.