Brined Pork Loin with Roasted Avocado-Pepper Salsa Recipe is about as good has pork can get. Brined pork loin is so easy to do and the results are superior!
Brining is like a marinade as it keeps food moist and tender. Brining or salting is a way of increasing the moisture holding capacity of meat resulting in a moister product when it is cooked.
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- 2 to 4 petite pork tenderloins
- 1/2 cup firmly-packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup coarse salt
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 gallon cold water
- 1 teaspoon coriander seeds
- 1 teaspoon peppercorns
- Pinch crushed red pepper
- 6 garlic cloves, chopped
- 6 fresh thyme sprigs, chopped
- 6 fresh oregano sprigs, chopped
- 4 bay leaves, chopped
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 ripe, firm avocado, cut into 1/4-inch dice
- 1 large red bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
- 1 large yellow bell pepper, roasted, peeled, seeded and diced
- 2 tablespoons red onion, minced
- 1 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 tablespoons lime juice, freshly squeezed
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
Prepare Roasted Pepper and Avocado Salsa; refrigerate until ready to serve.
Trim the tenderloin roast of fat and silver skin (see photo on right). Silver skin is a silvery-white connective tissue. It does not dissolve when the tenderloin is cooked, so it needs to be trimmed away. If the silver skin is not trimmed off, it will cause the tenderloins to curl up into the shape of a quarter moon.
Score the meat at various points across the width of the tenderloin and set aside.
Brining the pork tenderloin: Check out my Guidelines for Brining Pork.
Using a heavy-duty plastic tube, stainless-steel bowl, or resealable plastic bag can work as a brining container, as long as the pork is fully submerged. Weight with a plate, if necessary, to keep the meat fully covered by the brine. To determine how much brine you will need, place the meat to be brined in your chosen container. Add water to cover. Remove the meat and measure the water.
Dissolve brown sugar and salt in the boiling water. Add it to the cold water. Heat a medium skillet over medium-high heat and add the coriander, peppercorns, and crushed red pepper. Cook until they begin to release their aromas, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and add to the water mixture. Add the garlic, thyme, oregano, and bay leaves. Mix well. Add the pork tenderloins, cover and refrigerate 6 to 12 hours.
To assemble, remove the pork roasts from the brine. Rinse pork twice after removing it from the brine solution; discard brine. If you are not ready to cook at the end of the brining time, refrigerate until ready to use.
Bring pork roast to room temperature before cooking. Rub olive oil over the entire roast before grilling.
Preheat barbecue grill. Place pork roasts onto hot grill; close the lid and grill for 7 minutes. Turn the pork over, close the lid, and grill for another 6 minutes. Turn off the heat (keep the lid closed) and continue to cook the pork for another 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, insert an instant-read meat thermometer into thickest part of the roast, temperature should read 145 to 150 degrees F. (if not, close the lid and let the pork continue to roast). Once brined, the pork cooks faster so be careful and use a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat. The meat will remain pink from the brine.
Remove from grill and transfer onto a cutting board; let pork roasts stand 15 minutes before carving (meat temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees after it is removed from the oven). Cut across the grain into 1/2-inch slices.
Transfer onto a serving platter and serve with a generous spoonful of Roasted Pepper and Avocado Salsa.
Makes 8 to 10 servings.
In a large bowl, combine avocado, roasted red and yellow peppers, onion, cilantro, and garlic.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, rice vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pour over avocado mixture and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to use.
Remove from refrigerate 1/2 hour before using to bring to room temperature.
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Source: Brined Pork Loin with Roasted Avocado-Pepper Salsa Recipe by Chef Sarah Scott of the Robert Mondavi Winery.