Stick To Your "Ribs"

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"Pork tenderloin "ribs" with zesty lemon-rosemary barbecue sauce. Recipe from Janet & Greta Podleski. I have made these as directed and then next time switched some of the ingredients up a wee bit, which I have put in brackets. I put the spice rub on in the morning and grill them off at dinner."

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (367.9 g)
  • Calories 565.6
  • Total Fat - 23.9 g
  • Saturated Fat - 10 g
  • Cholesterol - 145.3 mg
  • Sodium - 1871.9 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 33.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 1.7 g
  • Sugars - 25.8 g
  • Protein - 54.8 g
  • Calcium - 70.3 mg
  • Iron - 3.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 9.5 mg
  • Thiamin - 0 mg

Step 1

Mix all spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Using a meat mallet, pound the pork uniformly into about 3/4" thickness.

Step 3

Using a sharp knife, score the pork in 1" intervals so that it looks like ribs.

Step 4

Cut about halfway into the meat, not all the way through.

Step 5

Use about 1 1/2 tbsp of spice rub per slab of "ribs" and rub into both sides of meat and into score marks.

Step 6

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for best flavour.

Step 7

Melt butter in a small pot over medium heat.

Step 8

Add onions and garlic.

Step 9

Cook and stir until onions have softened, about 1 minute.

Step 10

Add all remaining sauce ingredients.

Step 11

Simmer, uncovered over low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Step 12

Remove from heat and let cool; sauce will thicken slightly as it cools.

Step 13

Preheat grill to high setting.

Step 14

Place pork on a grill rack that has been lightly brushed with oil.

Step 15

Grill pork for about 10 minutes, turning occasionally and basting often with bbq sauce.

Step 16

Be sure not to overcook the pork, as it will be dry.

Step 17

It's ok for pork to be a little pink in the middle.

Step 18

Remove pork from grill and let rest for 1 minute, then cut along score marks into individual "ribs".

Tips & Variations

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What a great way to cook up pork tenderloin. I made the spice rub and sauce the night before which saved a bit of time and I served this up at a pot luck dinner over the weekend and it was a hit, everyone loved this recipe!!

review by:
(4 Sep 2016)


This came out so juicy and tender...I cooked it in my cast iron grill pan...and used smoked paprika...I'll be making this one again...made for "Bill Board" tag game...

review by:
(7 Aug 2016)


A great rib recipe for the summer grill, I'm sure grilling in the oven would work equally well. I followed through with your switched up version and was super happy with the results. So much so I just now made another copy for my recipe drawer. Thank you for another winner Patti, we all enjoyed!

review by:
(29 Aug 2015)