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Citrus Brined Pork Roast with Fig Mostarda

Prep Time

10 Minutes

Cook Time

30 Minutes

Effort

Pellets

Apple

An aromatic brine gives this roast a citrus kick. Topped with a sweet fig mostarda and roasted over sweet applewood, this elevated take on pork is a surefire crowd pleaser.

Ingredients

How many people are you serving?

6

Units of Measurement:

main

  • 1/2 Cup salt

  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar

  • 3 garlic clove

  • 2 dried bay leaves

  • 6 peppercorns

  • 1 lemon, halved

  • 1/2 Teaspoon dried fennel seed

  • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes

  • 1/2 Cup apple juice

  • 1/2 Cup orange juice

  • 1 ice water

  • 5 Pound Pork, Loins

  • 2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • salt

  • black pepper

  • 2 Tablespoon butter

  • 1 Small shallot, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic, minced

  • 1 Cup cognac

  • 1 Cup sugar

  • 10 Ounce black figs, stemmed and quartered

  • 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

  • salt

  • black pepper

Steps

  • 1

    Make the brine: In a medium stock pot combine the salt, brown sugar, garlic cloves, bay leaves, black peppercorns, lemon, fennel seeds, red pepper flakes, apple and orange juice. Bring to a simmer and cook until the salt and sugar have dissolved.

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 Cup salt

    • 1/4 Cup brown sugar

    • 3 garlic clove

    • 2 dried bay leaves

    • 6 peppercorns

    • 1 lemon, halved

    • 1/2 Teaspoon dried fennel seed

    • 1/2 Teaspoon red pepper flakes

    • 1/2 Cup apple juice

    • 1/2 Cup orange juice

  • 2

    Pour the mixture over the ice water and transfer to the fridge until completely cool.

    Ingredients

    • 1 ice water

  • 3

    When the brine is cool, pour over the pork roast and weigh it down if necessary to submerge completely. Transfer to the fridge and brine overnight.

    Ingredients

    • 5 Pound Pork, Loins

  • 4

    Remove the roast from the brine, rinse and pat dry. Rub the roast with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

    • As Needed salt

    • As Needed black pepper

  • 5

    When ready to cook, set temperature to High and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

    Grill450 ˚F

  • 6

    Place the pork roast directly on the grill grate and cook for 20-25 minutes until the exterior is lightly browned and internal temperature reaches 140℉ when and instant read thermometer is inserted into the thickest part of the roast. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing.

    Grill450 ˚F

    Probe140 ˚F

  • 7

    For the Fig Mostarda: Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add butter and melt. Add shallot and saute 2 minutes until softened. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds more. Add cognac then sugar and bring to a simmer.

    Ingredients

    • 2 Tablespoon butter

    • 1 Small shallot, thinly sliced

    • 1/2 Teaspoon garlic, minced

    • 1 Cup cognac

    • 1 Cup sugar

  • 8

    Stir in figs and mustard and cook until the mixture is reduced and syrupy, about 20 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside.

    Ingredients

    • 10 Ounce black figs, stemmed and quartered

    • 1/2 Tablespoon Dijon mustard

    • To Taste salt

    • To Taste black pepper

  • 9

    To serve, slice pork roast to desired thickness and place on a serving platter. Spoon the fig mostarda over the top. Enjoy!

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