Apricot Darjeeling Tenderloin

Apricot Darjeeling Tenderloin Print this recipe

Yields: 6-8 servings
Cook time: 15 minutes Prep time: 2 1/2 hours



  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cups apricot nectar
  • 1 Darjeeling tea bag or 2 tablespoons loose leaf tea
  • 5 tablespoons kosher salt
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 sprigs, fresh thyme
  • 1 rosemary sprigs
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

Dry Rub

  • 2 ¼ teaspoon turbinado sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon celery salt
  • ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper freshly ground

  • 2 whole pork tenderloins about 1 ¼ pounds each


  1. Combine all brine ingredients in a medium saucepan. Bring the liquid to a boil over high heat then reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and let cool for 30 minutes. Strain, discard solids and chill the liquid for 30 minutes.
  2. Put the pork tenderloin in a Glad® zipper bag and pour in the brine. Place in the refrigerator for 6 hours. Meanwhile, combine dry rub ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Set up a two-zone fire for indirect grilling with Kingsford® charcoal by situating the charcoal on only one side of the grill, leaving the other side void. Preheat the grill to 250 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Remove the tenderloin from the brine and wash the excess salt from the pork with cold water. Season all sides of the tenderloin liberally with the dry rub. Put the tenderloin on the grill over indirect heat, away from the coals and close the grill lid. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit, about 1 hour 15 minutes.
  5. Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice the tenderloin into medallions and serve.


  1. Recipe created by world champion pitmaster Chris Lilly on behalf of Kingsford® Charcoal.
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