Traeger Pork Loin is a mouthwatering delicious smoker recipe. It's juicy, tender, and flavorful. You can prep smoked pork loin in 5 minutes or less and then let your pellet grill do the work. With a few simple steps, you'll have this succulent dish ready to serve!
Pork loin is one of my favorite cuts of meat because it's so versatile. You can roast it whole in the oven, slice it thin for sandwiches or paninis, or cut into chunks for stir fry dishes like kung pao pork. The best part about cooking with pork loin is that if you're careful not to overcook it then even when cooked through there's no dryness or toughness. Pork loin is also one of the leanest cuts with little to zero marbling, so it's a great cut for people following low calorie diets. Smoked pork loin is also naturally low carb so it works for diets like paleo and keto.
A pellet smoker is simply an electric oven that burns wood pellets instead of gas or charcoal. A pellet grill is great for beginners has become one of our favorite kitchen purchases this past year.
Boneless Pork Loin - we cooked a three pound pork roast. Trim off any excess fat or silver skin with a sharp knife.
Honey - the honey helps the rub stick to the meat.
Smoked Paprika - beautiful color and nice smoky flavor.
Garlic Powder - one of my favorite spices. We use garlic on everything.
Kosher Salt & Black Pepper - season to taste but remember that the salt and pepper and only touching the outside of the meat. When this is the case we season more generously than if we were salting a bite of food.
How to Make Traeger Pork Loin
This easy smoker recipe only takes 5 minutes of prep time. A colorful, flavorful rub on the boneless pork and it's ready to go onto the Traeger.
Step One: Combine the ingredients for the dry rub.
Step Two: Liberally coat with meat with the honey and then the rub.
Step Three: Put the pork loin on the pellet grill. Cook at 250 for 1.5-2 hours with the lid closed.
Step Four: Let the smoked pork loin rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serve immediately. Enjoy!
Spices - try cayenne, chili powder, onion powder, and/or chipotle powder.
Marinade - if you'd rather use a marinade than a dry rub try this marinade it is just as good on pork as it is on london broil. For some sweetness add a little apple juice.
Sauces - serve with a classic red barbecue sauce, white bbq sauce, applesauce (my kids love applesauce with their pork), or even good ole ketchup.
Vegetables - add vegetables like carrots and potatoes to the pellet smoker with the pork loin. Try smoked cauliflower or broccoli for low carb option! You really can cook almost anything in a smoker.
Brown Sugar - if you like a little sweetness on your meat feel free to add about half a cup of brown sugar to the rub.
What to Serve with Traeger Pork Loin
This smoked pellet grill pork recipe pairs well with cauliflower mash, smoked baked beans, or roasted vegetables. We enjoyed it with mashed sweet potatoes and grilled delicata squash. Traeger smoked pork loin is also delicious served on top of a salad!
What temperature should a pork loin be?
The internal temperature of smoked pork loin should be between 145 degrees Fahrenheit and 160 degrees F when checked internally with a meat thermometer probe. We will take our pork off the grill at 140, cover it with aluminum foil, and let it rest to come up to temp at 145.
Should I wrap my pork loin in foil when smoking?
You do not need to wrap pork in foil when smoking. Most pellet grills will have a built-in drip tray and catch pan to avoid any juices from dripping and causing flare ups. If you wrap the pork in foil it will not absorb that delicious smoky flavor.
How do you keep a pork loin moist when smoking?
We keep pork moist by using a dry rub. Apply the dry rub to the pork loin an hour before smoking on your Traeger grill. Then, apply another coat of rub right before placing on pellet grill smoker .
How long should I smoke a pork loin?
Smoke your pork loin for about two hours or until it reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit internal temperature.
Can I cook pork loin in the oven?
This smoked pork loin recipe can also be cooked in a standard oven as a pork loin roast with the use of a digital meat thermometer to ensure it reaches the proper internal.
Make sure to try our Bacon Wrapped Smoked Pork Tenderloin, Pellet Grill Ribs, and Smoked Chicken Thighs next!
- 3 lb pork loin
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
- 1 tablespoon garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- Rub the pork with the honey and then coat with the dry rub.
- Smoked for 1.5 to 2 hours at 250 degrees or until the internal temperature is 140-145.
- Let rest covered with foil for 15 minutes before slicing.
Flavour was great, easy to prepare, ours was 7 lbs so took much longer and used an actual pork loin (not tenderloin). Keep the themometer in and we took it off at 146 degrees. Juicy and tender for the most part. Would do this again. Also added the baked beans suggested - fabulous! Sweet Potatoes and Coleslaw - felt like a texas BBQ.
No way your going to get a 3 lb pork loin "Smoked for 1.5 to 2 hours at 250 degrees or until the internal temperature is 140-145", my thinking is you are talking about a pork TENDERLOIN which is different piece of meat. Of course, that's just my experience.
Paul & Taryn
Our time and temp are correct based on our testing. In the oven at 350 pork loin cooks for 20 minutes per pound. We are allowing 30-35 minutes per pound at 250. If you don't have a Traeger pellet grill or if your pork loin is very thick make sure you are measuring the internal temp because it could take longer.
We made it and was perfect.
Cassidy @ Cassidys Craveable Creations
Definitely going to try this - it looks sooooo delicious 🙂
This is so delicious. Perfectly cooked. I couldn't believe how juicy it was. I tend to stick with pork tenderloin, for fear I will dry out the whole pork loin. But this was easy to follow and it came out awesome. Thank you.
The honey is combination with the smoky paprika is the perfect seasoning to this pork loin. So tender and delicious after smoking, thanks for this easy recipe!
I love how juicy and delicious this pork was! The prep was super easy and it was breeze to cook!