Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sandwich – And Beaujolais Wine

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Jazz up your summer picnic with a Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sandwich. They pair fantastic with a glass of refreshing Beaujolais.

This post was sponsored by Discover Beaujolais and Honest Cooking. As always all opinions, statements, and recipes are my own.

A picnic spread on a blanket with pork tenderloin sandwiches and a cold lentil salad.

As much as we’re all about grilling and backyard barbecues around these parts, I’m also a huge proponent of picnics!

I love packing up the car and venturing to a park, the beach, the mountains, or even a winery, and then laying out a blanket, a fun spread, a bottle of wine, and some simple sports equipment for the kids to play with to keep them entertained.

Kids playing at a picnic

And while its easy to just pack up some cold cuts and packaged snacks to truck along to your picnic, it can be just as easy to step up your picnic game and make it a little elegant. And of course there’s always a wine to pair with whatever you pack.

Smoked Pork Tenderloin – Jazzed up Sandwich Idea for a Picnic

One way I like to jazz up a simple sandwich is to smoke or grill a pork tenderloin, slice it thin, and serve it on a baguette.

One (1-1 ½ ) lb pork tenderloin, sliced thin, served on one baguette will serve 4-5 people (depending on the length of your baguette). You don’t have to add too much to the sandwich either. Some Dijon mustard and some arugula or other crunchy greens will do.

Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches on a cutting board.

Cook the Pork Tenderloin in advance

You can cook the pork the night before, or the morning before your picnic, and slice the pork thin and assemble your sandwiches before you go, or you can get fancy and cook the pork on site (if there are grills available to use where you go). Whatever floats your boat. But this sandwich is intended to be served cold, so it’s easy to just do in advance so you can spend your picnic chillin’ with your friends and family and sipping on some wine.

Wine Pairing for Your Picnic

When it comes to wines for a picnic I like to keep it simple. I look for three things: value, refreshing, light-bodied.

Quite often I reach for rosé, because it fits all of the above mentioned and pairs well with almost anything you’ll bring to your picnic. But for these Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches I’m aiming for a light bodied red wine to pair.

Beaujolais — A Perfect Picnic Wine

Beaujolais is a fantastic option. Beaujolais is often overshadowed by it’s neighbor up north, Burgundy, where Pinot Noir is king. And Beaujolais, made from Gamay Noir grapes, reminds me a lot of Pinot Noir. It’s light bodied, red berry fruit focused, sometimes earthy and minerally, but is much more affordable than it’s northerly neighbor, making it a great option if you’re looking for value. They also tend to have bright acidity and low tannins, another factor leading to a great wine for versatile and easy food pairing. Served slightly chilled makes them super refreshing. Check!

Beaujolais Wine being poured into a wine glass.

There are different classifications and styles of Beaujolais (from the super fresh “Nouveau” to richer and more elegant Cru styles) but for the purpose of this pairing, we’re going with something in the middle. You can find these ranging from around $10-$20, which is that value spot I’m aiming for when it comes to a picnic wine.

Beaujolais come in rosé, white, and red. But for this recipe we’re sticking with the red.

Speaking of our picnic we have a few tips for you to enjoy an elegant picnic without any stress. The whole purpose of a picnic is to have a fun and carefree time!

A family eating smoked pork tenderloin sandwiches at a picnic.

Tips for an Easy and Successful Picnic

  • Don’t over think serving dishes or platters. Look for what you have in the house. Use a coffee tray or cutting board to serve your food on. Use a basket to load up your supplies. This dubs as a small table once you arrive to your location (just turn it upside down and use the bottom to place food on).
  • Don’t have a cool picnic blanket? Use a tablecloth.
  • Wrap your sandwiches at home using kitchen twine, and you won’t need a plate for serving.
  • Serve sides and drinks in mason jars. I have way too many mason jars to admit here, but I use them for everything (storage containers, drinking cups, container to store leftovers, you name it). The best thing about these is you won’t need to transfer dishes like salads into another serving container when you show up to your picnic. Just twist off the top, eat your food, and then put the top back on when transferring food back home. This saves on dishes when you return, and also minimizes spillage or disaster.
  • Bring cutting boards in lieu of plates.
  • Serve wine in tumbler glasses or stemless wine glasses (or mason jars!!!). No need to be all fancy and bring your expensive breakable wine stems. This is a picnic and you’re likely to be eating on uneven ground. Stemless glasses are just fine for this purpose. But do bring a cutting board or coffee tray to use to set your glass on when you’re not sipping on wine. It will help stabilize the glass.

And more! See more tips for the perfect picnic plus that recipe for the Cold Lentil Salad with Smoked Sausage you see in the pics, here. 

A picnic platter full of pork tenderloin sandwiches, almonds, lentil salad, and olives.

And now you’re ready for an elegant picnic with a fantastic option for wine pairing as well.

Picnic platter with Beaujolais Wine, Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches, and Lentil Salad
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Perfect Picnic with Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches and Beaujolais Wine
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Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sandwich

A simple recipe for Smoked Tenderloin Sandwiches. Perfect for a summer picnic. Plus tips for an elegant, yet easy summer picnic with wine pairing. 
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings


  • 1 pork tenderloin,, approximately 1 ¼ lbs
  • 1-2 tablespoons Dijon mustard,, to coat
  • 2 tablespoons dry rub,, *see notes for dry rub recipe
  • 1 baguette
  • optional additional Dijon Mustard, for the sandwiches
  • optional arugula or lettuce, for topping sandwiches


To Smoke the Pork Tenderloin

  • Preheat Smoker to 225 degrees using a fruit wood (we like apple).
  • Coat the pork tenderloin with a layer of Dijon mustard (just to coat and allow the dry rub to adhere).
  • Sprinkle the dry rub liberally around the entire pork tenderloin.
  • Place tenderloin on the smoker for about an hour or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees Fahrenheit for medium rare, and then remove from heat. Like it more well done? Go for 160 degrees.
  • Let rest for 10 minutes and then slice thin for sandwiches.
    Slicing Smoked Pork Tenderloin

To assemble the Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches

  • Slice the baguette in half lengthwise, then across in 4-5 equal sized pieces (about 4 inches long, the amount of slices will be based on the length of your baguette. We got 5 equal parts from our baguette in the photos).
  • Layer your sandwiches with some Dijon mustard (or aioli works nice too), a few slices of your pork tenderloin, and then top with some crunchy greens.
  • For ease of transportation, wrap your sandwiches with kitchen twine so they don’t fall apart en route to your picnic.


Calories: 715kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 100g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 295mg | Sodium: 664mg | Potassium: 1879mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 115mg | Iron: 7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: BBQ, Barbecue, picnic, sandwich
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 715
Keyword: picnic, Smoked Pork Tenderloin Sandwich
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This post was sponsored by Discover Beaujolais and Honest Cooking. As always all opinions, statements, and recipes are my own.

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About Mary

I'm Mary, a wine/food/travel writer, Certified Sommelier, mom of twins, former vegetarian turned BBQ fanatic, runner, founder of Vindulge, and author of Fire + Wine cookbook. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Everything looks delicious! I’m planning a picnic in the rose garden in a few weeks. You’ve given me a lot of ideas.

  2. There’s something SO SPECIAL about drinking wine al fresco. This sandwich and wine pairing looks perfect for an outdoor picnic!

  3. Such great tips for a picnic! Makes me want to set up a picnic in my backyard with a bottle (or two!) of wine. Cheers!

  4. Yummm!! And beautiful! That cheese board also looks amazing and I love the food in jars idea! So much cuter than bright-lidded tupperware!

  5. 5 stars
    Your picnic looks absolutely amazing! Count me in next time! I’ll bring the Beaujolais!