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Cider-Brined Pork Loin Roast

Cider-Brined Pork Loin Roast
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 14 hr 25 min
  • Ingredients 16
  • Servings 8
Easy brined pork loin is finished with a simple and flavorful herbed pan sauce, just right for your holiday table.
Updated April 16, 2015

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts water
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup kosher (coarse) salt
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (2 to 3 lb)
  • Cooking spray
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 cups applesauce
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine or chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher (coarse) salt

Steps

  • 1
    In nonreactive 6- to 8-quart stockpot, stir together 1 quart of the water, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup salt, the crushed garlic and rosemary sprigs. Heat to boiling, stirring until brown sugar and salt are dissolved. Stir in cider and remaining 1 quart water; cool to room temperature. Add pork. Cover; refrigerate at least 12 hours or up to 48 hours.
  • 2
    Heat oven to 375°F. Spray broiler pan with cooking spray. Remove pork from brine; discard brine. Pat pork dry with paper towels. Place pork on broiler pan; spray pork with cooking spray. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons of the pepper and 1 teaspoon of the chopped rosemary.
  • 3
    Bake uncovered 40 to 50 minutes or until thermometer inserted into center of pork reads 145°F. Cover with foil; let stand at least 3 minutes.
  • 4
    Meanwhile, in 2-quart saucepan, mix applesauce, wine, raisins, the chopped garlic, 1 tablespoon brown sugar, 1/8 teaspoon salt, remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper and remaining 1 teaspoon chopped rosemary. Cook over medium heat 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until raisins are plump and sauce is thickened. Serve sauce with pork.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
330
Total Fat
8g
0%
Saturated Fat
3g
0%
Sodium
1610mg
0%
Total Carbohydrate
38g
0%
Dietary Fiber
1g
0%
Protein
28g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
0%
0%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
0%
0%
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Fruit; 1 Other Carbohydrate; 4 Very Lean Meat; 2 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
2 1/2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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