By Meagan Cramer on August 24, 2022

What’s the difference between pork loin and tenderloin?

pork tenderloin vs pork loin

Pork is a tasty, healthy and versatile protein. If your recipe calls for pork loin or pork tenderloin, know there is a difference. At first glance, they sound like they could be the same cut, right? Wrong. We’ll dive into the differences between pork loins from pork tenderloins.

Pork Loin

One of the easiest ways to tell a pork loin from a pork tenderloin is the size. A pork loin is a wider cut of meat and is typically sold in pieces weighing 2-4 pounds.

pork loin vs tenderloin
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The pork loin is the muscle that runs along the back between the back fat and the ribs. If the butcher does not remove the backbone or the rib bones, the pork roast may be sold as a pork crown roast or rack of pork.

Pork loins are best roasted in the oven or grilled over moderate heat.

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Pork Tenderloin

Pork tenderloins are narrow and slender and usually weigh about a pound. It’s a delicate muscle that runs along the spine and is one of the most tender cuts of pork.

what is pork tenderloin

Pork tenderloins do well with rubs or marinades and can be pan-seared, roasted or grilled.


No matter what type of pork cut you use, remember USDA recommends all cuts of pork be cooked to an internal temperature of 145 F.

  • Meagan Cramer

    Meagan Cramer

    Meagan Cramer is a homegrown Kansas girl who loves connecting the farm with foodies. She enjoys seeing the light bulb come on when someone steps foot on farm soil and hears directly from Kansas farmers and ranchers. Her favorite thing is celebrating farmers and food.