Spiced Pork Loin

Spiced Pork Loin
Staff Writer

Astra

This loin of pork gets two doses of flavor — the first during the overnight brine, and the second the rub it’s seared and roasted in. Only a few simple steps result in an incredibly delicious and flavorful pork loin that’s great for large crowds and will easily become the star of your holiday meal.

Ingredients

  • 4  Pounds  pork tenderloin
  • 2  Cups  apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4  Cups  sugar
  • 1/2  Cup  salt
  • quarts water
  • 4  Teaspoons  cloves
  • 1/2  Teaspoon  whole black pepper
  • pieces star anise
  • 2  Teaspoons  Sichuan peppercorns
  • pieces green cardamom
  • bag green tea

Directions

Blend the all of the spices in a coffee grinder.

Combine ½ cup of spice mix with the apple cider vinegar, salt, sugar, and water, and bring to a boil. Pour the liquid over the ice and when cool, add to the pork.  Brine overnight. Remove the pork from the brine and dry on paper towels. Lightly sprinkle spice mix on the pork. Sear the pork in a large skillet over high heat and finish in the oven at 400 degrees until the internal temperature reaches 130 degrees. Let rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
20g
29%
Saturated Fat
7g
29%
Cholesterol
213mg
71%
Carbohydrate, by difference
16g
12%
Protein
70g
100%
Vitamin A, RAE
7µg
1%
Vitamin B-12
2µg
83%
Vitamin B-6
1mg
77%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
4µg
4%
Calcium, Ca
32mg
3%
Choline, total
1mg
0%
Fiber, total dietary
4g
16%
Folate, total
24µg
6%
Iron, Fe
4mg
22%
Magnesium, Mg
93mg
29%
Manganese, Mn
2mg
100%
Niacin
12mg
86%
Pantothenic acid
2mg
40%
Phosphorus, P
684mg
98%
Riboflavin
1mg
91%
Selenium, Se
117µg
100%
Sodium, Na
172mg
11%
Thiamin
2mg
100%
Water
200g
7%
Zinc, Zn
7mg
88%

Spice Shopping Tip

Spices and dried herbs have a shelf life too, and lose potency over time. The rule of thumb is, if your spices are over two years old, it's time to buy some new ones.

Spice Cooking Tip

Toasting whole spices before using them intensifies their aroma and flavor.