Brined Boneless Pork Loin Roast with Rhubarb-Cherry Port Sauce
Brining a pork roast ensures a succulent result without concern about drying out as pork can do. The method produces pan juices as well which can be spooned back over the slices of the roast. The Rhubarb-Cherry Port sauce adds beautiful and sophisticated flavors to the moist pork that everyone is sure to love.
The bulk of the total time is 12 hours of brining before cooking which is passive time.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 15minutes
Cook Time 1hour
Total Time 13hours15minutes
Servings 86-8 servings depending on the thickness of the slices; 3 cups Sauce
2to 2 1/2 Boneless Pork Loin Roast(if larger increase the cooking time until the temperatures are met)
Ingredients for Brine:
¼cupplus 2 tablespoons Granulated Sugar
Ingredients for Rhubarb-Cherry Port Sauce:
1large shallot, chopped
1cupCherries(can be frozen and thawed)
1 ½cupsRhubarb, chopped into ½-inch pieces
Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions for Brine:
Combine the water, sugar and salt in a sauce pan and heat just until the sugar and salt dissolve. Allow to cool to room temperature.
Place the pork roast in a plastic gallon zipper top bag or a sealable container and fill with the brine. If using a plastic bag, I suggest double bagging it in and placing it in a baking dish or bowl in the refrigerator to prevent the bag from being punctured. Place in the refrigerator and allow to sit overnight or up to 24 hours.
Cooking the Pork Roast:
Remove the roast from the refrigerator and allow to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Remove the roast from the brine (and discard the brine) and allow liquid to drain from the roast. Place the roast on a rack in a baking pan. Place in the oven and cook at 450 for 15 minutes.
Lower the temperature to 300 degrees and cook the roast until the internal thermometer inserted into the middle of the roast registers 145 degree (40-50 minutes). Check the temperature at 40 minutes and then every 5 minutes so the roast does not overcook.
Remove the roast and tent the pan with tin foil (shiny side in) for an additional 15 minutes which allows the temperature to rise an additional 10 degrees still allowing the roast to stay moist and succulent.
Instructions for Rhubarb-Cherry Port sauce:
In a medium saucepan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. When the oil is shimmering add the shallots and sauté until the shallots become limp; 2-3 minutes.
Add the cherries, rhubarb, sugar, water, and port to the saucepan. Bring the mixture to a low boil, then lower the heat until the mixture is simmering. Cover and allow to cook 5-10 minutes until the rhubarb has softened.
Remove from heat and add the cardamom and vinegar. Spoon into a free standing blender, or use an immersion blender in the sauce pan, to blend the mixture into a smooth sauce.