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Herb-Cured Grilled Pork Roast

Herb-Cured Grilled Pork RoastBrining gives the roast a big flavor boost, plus helps to retain extra moisture while grilling. Try experimenting with different fresh herb combinations.

Recipe Ingredients:

1 boneless pork loin roast, about 3 to 4 pounds
4 quarts of water
1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
1/4 cup kosher salt
10 peppercorns
5 juniper berries
5 bay leaves
2 tablespoons fennel seed
1 cup mixed fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage)
Peel from one orange

Cooking Directions:

  1. In large saucepan, combine water and all seasonings; bring to a boil. Let brine mixture cool to room temperature.
  2. Place pork roast in large (2-gallon) self-sealing plastic bag; pour cooled brine over; seal bag and place in large bowl or on a rimmed cookie sheet and place in refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
  3. Remove pork from brine (discard brine) and place on medium-hot grill over indirect heat for 1 to 1 1/4 hours, until internal temperature (measured by a meat thermometer) reads 155°F (approximately 65°C).
  4. Remove from grill, let rest for 10 minutes before slicing to serve.

Makes 12 servings.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/12 of recipe): Calories 170 calories Protein 25 grams Fat 6 grams Sodium 550 milligrams Cholesterol 60 milligrams Saturated Fat 3 grams Carbohydrates 21 grams.

Recipe and photograph provided courtesy of National Pork Board.