Easy Grilled Meal - Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin, Sweet Potatoes and Pineapple

I had not planned to do a recipe post about these meal, but when I posted this picture I had so many people asking me about it and for recipes so I thought I would go ahead and share. There is nothing overly complicated about the easy grilled meal either. Even a new cook or griller can manage this I think.

We use pork tenderloin a lot in our home. It is inexpensive plus on sale a lot and freezes well, it takes on flavors of whatever you like, and it is quick cooking. If you find it on sale at your store be sure to stock up on it. Some pork tenderloin packages are a single piece, others have two tenderloins in them. Get what fits your family. For us, right now there are three adults and one single tenderloin is usually enough. There is a bit of silver skin on many tenderloins. Unless this is really big on the tenderloin or thicker than usual I don’t bother with removing it.

For this preparation I simply marinated the pork tenderloin using a store bought teriyaki glaze. Use whatever your favorite brand is. When I am marinating I often use my FoodSaver marinator which is awesome, but throwing all in a Zip-Loc bag works too. I marinated this overnight, but I would say if you have at least 4 hours of marinating time you should be okay.

The pineapple is super easy. You can use canned or fresh, whatever your choice. We use both throughout the year depending on the price of fresh. If you buy canned you want the rings in natural juices, not heavy syrup. Pineapple can be grilled plain or you can add things to it. For this dish I drizzles some more teriyaki glaze on them and sprinkled with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Flip over and do the same on the other side.

Sweet potatoes are awesome on the grill. Hubby actually usually doesn’t like sweet potatoes (he says) but every time I prep them and have him cook them on the grill he says they are delicious. I precook the sweet potatoes in the microwave (about 10 minutes for 2 of them) or you can parboil them also. You can even do this the day before and just refrigerate overnight. Once they have been cooked the skin will easily pull off. Then I sliced into wedges, or you can do rounds. This day our potatoes were a little more well done than I like in the microwave so they were falling apart a bit. No problem though. I sprayed a grill pan with cooking spray and the sweet potatoes I seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic powder and drizzled with a bit of olive oil – all sides. Place on the grill pan and cook on the grill.

For all of this I also heated up some more of the teriyaki glaze on the stove. This makes a great sauce for dipping any of the food as you eat.

See what I mean, this is super easy!

Would you try any of these items or the entire meal? What changes, if any, would you make?



Easy Grilled Teriyaki Meal


  • 1 pork tenderloin
  • 4oz Teriyaki glaze/marinade, any brand you like
  • 1 can pineapple rings in natural juices, drained
  • 2 sweet potatoes
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder to taste
  • Teriyaki glaze/marinade for pineapple and to heat up as dipping sauce


Marinate pork tenderloin in teriyaki sauce for 4 hours to overnight.

Wash and cook sweet potatoes until almost done. In microwave, about 10 minutes. Cool. You can do this the day before even. Remove skin from sweet potatoes and slice into wedges. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder on all sides. Place on grill pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray or brushed with oil.

Prepare pineapple, if using canned, simply drain juices. If using fresh pineapple, peel and cut into rings. Drizzle teriyaki sauce and sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder on both sides.

Preheat grill.

Add pork tenderloin to grill, searing over direct high heat about 3 minutes per side. Move to indirect heat to finish cooking until temperature reaches 145° F (or desired doneness).

The pineapple goes directly on grill over direct heat. You want deep grill marks on both sides. Place grill pan with sweet potatoes on grill as well and turn once or twice during cooking.

While food is on grill, heat more teriyaki sauce in a pan on the stove (or grill) to be served on the side to dunk in as you please.

Remove pork from grill and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.