Sunday, May 3, 2009

This Swine Flew ... Into My Mouth and Down to My Belly!

Finally, we had the year's first grilling of an object larger than a London Broil. We've had a nice looking pork loin in the freezer for some time, and it just felt like the time to cook some pork again. The last time I blogged about pork loin I smoked it and attempted to shred it only to give up after maybe doing half of it...I was working too hard for my vittles. I decided to roast it instead, but on the grill.

I searched until I found a recipe that looked good (and was reviewed as such) and settled on it. I made some adjustments for preference and ingredient availability, so here is the complete ingredient list:

1 (4 pound) boneless pork top loin roast (single loin)
1 teaspoon olive oil

2 teaspoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander

I did not have any onion salt, so I substituted onion powder and seasoned salt. I also prefer brown sugar to regular sugar, for a more caramel-like, barbecued flavor. After brushing the loin with olive oil and applying the rub I wrapped it and let it marinate in the fridge for about 90 minutes before grilling.

Instructions seemed simple enough. The grill is simple enough. Count on me to complicate shit. Temp was around 400°F when I put the loin on, with the fattier of the two sides on the grill itself. I resolved to check it every couple of minutes and at the first check I noticed the temp had gone up so I adjusted the flame down up because I wasn't freaking paying attention. A minute later the temp is still rising, so I turn it down up again, but realize I'm doing it this time and correct way down. I check again two minutes later and the temp is runaway, above 500°F but all I needed to see was the smoke pouring out of the grill to know there was a fire inside. After pulling it off the grill, knocking the charred bits off and flipping it (I figured that side had had enough!) the rest of the grilling went smoothly, as did the follow-on roasting. The only minor issue was that my grill wasn't able to hold 400°F (only about 380) with only two burners running.

We roasted up some peppers and onions to enjoy with it, and cooked some corn on the cob.

The meat was excellent! No sauce needed; marinating with the rub provided all the flavor it needed, just enough balance of sweet and spicy.

...and plenty left over for sam'iches!


Dr. Momentum said...

Looks amazing.

Mary Ellen said...

My husband did the same thing yesterday, grilled a pork loin for dinner. It was my mom's birthday so the family came for dinner and they all agreed....a nice pork dinner to celebrate swine flu week. I don't eat meat, so I stuck to the side dishes, but I have to admit I was tempted to eat a bite just to prove a point.

(there's nothing I like better than grilled vegetables, they looked great on your grill!)

Chef Cthulhu said...

Dr. M - It was!

Nunly - We've been all about the roasted peppers lately. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to eat a cheeseburger next Good Friday.

Beach Bum said...

Yeah, I did my bit to control the flu by eating a heaping pile of bacon for breakfast today.

Dr. Momentum said...

Coming back to this post just to look at the pork loin again...