June 23, 2016
In my family, when pork was served, my mom always served it with homemade applesauce. So why not go the extra step and brine my pork roast in apple cider? I served this dish last Saturday night to guests with oven roasted root vegetables, and apple sauce and boy-ol-boy was it a hit.
Ask Kevin at Publix meat department on Neptune to prep you a 5 to 6 pound bone in pork loin making sure he cuts the rib bones so it is easier to slice. You want 7 to 8 bones. Kevin has been a friend for many years, he was a butcher at Whaley’s Market (I still shed a tear when I think of them), matter of fact, he is married to Linda Whaley. Tell him you want it like the one he did for me.
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 1 cups kosher salt
- 2 cups water
- 8 bay leaves
- ½ teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns
- 1 quart unfiltered apple cider (not juice)
- 1 – 7 to 8 bone pork loin (5 to 6 pounds), ribs cut
- 6 Yukon Gold potatoes (about 2 pounds – unpeeled and quartered
- 5 medium red onions, halved, stem ends intact
- 6 carrots peeled and chopped in 2 inch pieces
- Any root vegetable you like will do: parsnips, rutabaga, fennel, butternut squash are all good
- Salt and freshly cracked pepper
- 2 cups beef stock
- 1 cup unfiltered apple cider (not juice)
Bring brown sugar, salt, bay leaves, coriander, peppercorns to a boil in 2 cups of water until the sugar and salt is dissolved. Let cool completely and combine with a quart of apple-cider. Put the liquid, pork loin in a 2.5 gallon Zip-Lock bag, and refrigerate for 24 hours.
Let the roast sit out of the refrigerator for at least one hour to come to room temperature.
After it has marinated the appropriate time, remove the pork loin and pat dry with a paper towel. Liberally salt and pepper the complete pork loin and brown all sides in the same roasting pan you will be using to bake the loin – add a couple tablespoons extra virgin olive oil to sear off pork. You want a nice caramelization on all sides.
Place the seared loin in the middle of the roasting pan (fat side up) with the prepped root vegetables all around the roast, add beef stock and apple cider over the vegetables. Sprinkle a teaspoon of salt and a half teaspoon of pepper directly on the vegetables.
Bake in a pre-heated 400 degree oven until the inside temperature reaches 145 to 150…approximately 60 to 90 minutes – start checking temp after 1 hour. Let stand for 30 minutes prior to slicing. You can serve thinly sliced without the bone, or thick sliced including the bone. Serve with pan juices and homemade applesauce.
Nothing beats homemade applesauce with pork. It’s easy to make…even easier than pie.
- 6 apples: 2 golden delicious, 2 gala, and 2 Macintosh (peeled and cut into 1” cubes)
- ¾ cups sugar
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon (more or less depending on your taste)
Combine all the ingredients in a heavy bottom pot with a lid. Cover and cook on medium low until the apples are very soft. Leave it chunky or grind in a food processor. Served chilled, hot, or room temperature.