Perfect Pork Tenderloin Recipe


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Perfect pork tenderloin recipe. Fast and fabulous, this pork tenderloin recipe is a family favorite.

Pork tenderloin is one of the meals that I go to most often. It can easily be prepared in various ways, feeds a crowd, and makes a simple and delicious dish.

I have to share with you one of my favorite ways to prepare and marinade pork tenderloin that everyone just loves.

This pork tenderloin marinade includes a Southern icon ingredient, too.

Can you guess what it is?

I’ll give you three hints —

1. A favorite Southern drink.

2. Originated in Georgia.

3. It’s what we call all of our soft drinks.

You got it — Coca Cola – or Coke for short.

It just makes everything tastes better.

And it takes this pork tenderloin recipe over the top.

It’s so easy and yummy, you’ll really want to make it soon.

And when you do, you’ll get requests to make it again and again.


It’s good stuff.

Here’s how I make my perfect pork tenderloin recipe. 

Perfect Pork Tenderloin Recipe

5 from 1 vote
Perfect pork tenderloin recipe. Fast and fabulous, this pork tenderloin recipe is a family favorite.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 onion
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, optional
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup Coca Cola
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 whole pork tenderloin


  • Blend together first six ingredients.
  • Pour marinade over pork tenderloin in a zip top bag.
  • Refrigerate for at least one hour, but better if overnight.
  • Remove pork tenderloin from marinade and place in roasting pan.
  • Cook at 375º for approximately 45 minutes.
  • Serve alongside your favorite vegetables or salad.


Calories: 238kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 31g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 83mg | Sodium: 472mg | Potassium: 528mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.


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  1. David J says:

    Tried this tonight and it was completely dried out We marinated it overnight and cooked it at 350 for 35 minutes and it couldn’t have been drier.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi David,
      I’m sorry that your pork turned out too dry. I’ve not had this problem and we enjoy this recipe often. I can’t be sure what caused it, but one thing I see is the difference in the cooking time and temperature from the recipe which is 375 degrees for 45 minutes. Hope this helps. Thanks.

  2. Nathan McBroom says:

    I cooked this tonight for my family. It was pretty good. Next time I would add a lot less ginger. Also, the pork needs a good salt rub and using some reserve marinade to baste while cooking also helped. All in all a great recipe.

  3. Carla says:

    This looks great!! What temp do you cook it at??

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Thanks so much for catching that, Carla. I cook it at 375 degrees.

  4. bridget {bake at 350} says:

    We LOVE pork tenderloin….I NEVER would have thought of adding Coke! Genius!