I’m making a Quick Brine for a Pork Loin today, as I want to make something extra tasty for our celebration.
Before I rub it with sensuous spices, I am going to quick brine it. I’m doing this quickly because that’s all the time I had.
This brine is full of aromatics including apple and ginger, and some other exciting spices, some more exotic than others that give your pulled pork or however you want to cook it, is full of whispers of tempting delight.
Letting your pork loin brine overnight is ideal. I thought I’d only have an hour, but it turned into 2 hours with my pork loin in the brine, and I was happy for that, because that’s just a little bit more flavor!
Type: Main Dish Recipe
Serve with: on fresh buns, and with a side of coleslaw
Prep Time: 8-10 min
Brine Time: at least 1 hour, ideally overnight
Pork Loin: ~ 2 kg
The ingredients & instructions are listed below the video for measurements & directions. Please enjoy the video below:
- 2-3 bay leaves
- 1 tbsp peppercorns
- 2 piri piri chilies – also called African bird’s eye chili; I use Epicureal Piri Piri Chilis
- 2 apple & ginger tea bags – I used Clipper Apple & Ginger Organic Refreshing Infusion
- 1/2 tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
- 1 or 2 whole cloves
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup sea salt flakes – I used Maldon Sea Salt Flakes; or use 1/2 cup table salt
- water or tea – to cover meat in container
- In a large pot or container that your pork loin can fit into and be covered in liquid, add all ingredients minus the liquids.
- Use about 2 cups of boiling water to dissolve the sugar and salt, then cool the liquid down with cool liquid.
- Add the pork loin to the pot and be sure it’s immersed in the water – i.e. there’s enough water to cover the roast completely.
- Allow this pork loin to sit for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight in a great brine like this. * Tip: Be sure to keep the brine cold.
- Remove from brine and prepare according to your recipe.
Well worth the good ole’ college try on this one. Superb flavor, and meat that’s more moist than it otherwise would have proven to be.
Try this brine out on poultry too! Mmm…
I hope you enjoy this Pork Recipe on Cooking with Kimberly. Until next time…
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