Basic Pork Loin Primer.
Here's a very basic pork Loin primer. You can use it with any lean pork roast actually.
Basic Pork Roast
Pork has a texture much like turkey and needs to be cooked with similar techniques. One popular technique is to start the pork in a hot oven, which is then turned down when the meat is placed in it. To preserve the natural juices, and promote tenderness, the meat should never be cooked above 165 degrees. To insure perfect results, use a meat thermometer. Just remember that there is carry-over cooking. That is, the outer surface of the meat is hotter than is the middle. That heat will “soak” into the meat over a ten to fifteen minute period. So to get that perfect internal temperature of about 165’ F., remove the meat from the heat source when the thermometer reads 155’ F.
When done properly, there is no finer tasting, or more tender meat than roasted pork. And the juices make a tremendous gravy. Enjoy.
For various seasonings that work well with pork, please read the list that follows this basic recipe.
1 Pork roast, such as a tenderloin. Figure lb. per person as the meat will shrink when cooked.
tsp. Sage or Thyme
2 tbs. coarsely ground Black Pepper
Pre-heat oven to 450'F. Lightly dust the roast with the sage or thyme, salt, and pepper. Massage into the meat. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Cut the bacon into thin, short strips.
With the point of a paring knife, stab slits into the roast every half inch or so. Push the fatty bacon stips into the slits. The strips are called lardoons; and the technique is called lardooning. The fat from the bacon will melt and distribute itself into the lean and dry interior of the roast, adding flavor and making the meat more moist.
Rub cooking oil over the meat and place in an uncovered roasting pan, preferably on a wire rack. Place in the oven and roast for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 360'F. Place a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the roast and cover. Cook for approximately 12 minutes per pound. At the end of the cooking time, check the thermometer. It should register about 145'F. If not, roast for another 15 minutes. Recheck the meat temperature every 15 minutes until the thermometer reads 155'F. Remove the roast and let sit for 15 minutes before carving.
Herbs and spices that work well with pork:
Other flavors that work with pork:
Most fruits, including, but not limited to:
Tomato based barbecue sauce
Be creative. Mix and match flavors to make dry rubs, or marinades, or glazes for your roast. But remember that sugar burns easily and you will have to baste frequently with glazes to develop their flavor on the meat.
Have fun with your roast, and enjoy it. And what’s that final meat temperature; that’s right, remove the roast when the thermometer reads 155, or even 145 if you like your pork with a tinge of pink. Don’t worry. It’s safe with just a tinge of pink, and juicer too.
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