Slow Roasted Pork Loin with Rosé Pan Sauce



This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Costco. Celebrate #Porktober with pork at Costco!

As the weather turns crisp and you start gathering around the table with family and friends more frequently, serve something you know they’ll love – tender, juicy pork! And, don’t forget to visit Costco.com for information on weekly discounted fresh pork cuts and everything else you’ll need to celebrate “Porktober”.

I have a plan - a perfect fall day, bright, crisp, sunny. My grill in the backyard, surrounded by crunchy, colorful leaves, a pork loin roasting inside while I enjoy a tasty beverage.

As I leave Costco, pork loin in hand, I get smacked in the face by swirling and spitting rain, coming at me from all angles. The wind has picked up, and the sky is an ominous gray.

I go home, plop my pork loin in a brine, and wish for blue skies…or at least for the rain to ease up. Nothing doing; the day continues, gray and wet. Cold? I can handle cold. My limit is a steady downpour, and that’s what I have on my hands.

Late afternoon, and the heavy clouds bring an early nightfall. I give up on grilling, and start on a pot roasted pork loin. It is the perfect comfort meal for a cold, dreary, October day.

Pot roasting works especially well for pork loin roasts, which should be cooked to 145°F with a three minute rest. The trick is low and slow pot roasting. I gently bring the pork loin up to temperature, covered, in a low oven; the result is pork cooked perfectly from edge to edge, with a delicious pan sauce.

Please support today’s sponsor, Costco. They have all the ingredients you need for your fall feast, including a special on whole pork loins this week, 10/20 to 10/26. Thank you, Costco!

Recipe: Slow Roasted Pork Loin with Rosé Pan Sauce

PicOfTheWeek: Pork Loin Roast


Pic from another #Porktober recipe - pot roasted pork loin - coming later this week...

Simple Sous Vide Carrots


Why do I cook sous vide? Because I can trade time for effort. Sous vide carrots are a perfect example. They’re easy - peel the carrots, seal the carrots, drop them in a water bath. When they’re done, cut the bag open and serve.

But, they’re also slow; the carrots need an hour in a (very hot) water bath. I don’t mind the trade-off. When I’m working on dinner, the hard part is the last part - getting everything finished and on the table. “Cut the bag open and dump on a platter” is what I’m looking for in a side dish.

Carrots cook at a very high temperature for sous vide - 185°F. We want to gelatinize the starch, resulting in firm but tender carrots. Unfortunately, that temperature is much higher than we want to cook meat sous vide, so we can’t cook the main course at the same time as these carrots. I have a few strategies for dealing with this:
  1. I run two sous vide water baths at the same time, one for the vegetables, and one for the protein. (Yes, I have multiple sous vide water baths. I have a cooking gadget problem.)
  2. I use one water bath, sequentially, from highest temperature to lowest. I cook the carrots first, 185°F for an hour. Then I drop the sous vide temperature to meat cooking levels (let’s say 136°F), and add ice to the water bath to cool it down. The meat goes in the water with the carrots - the carrots stay warm in the water bath while the meat cooks.
  3. I don’t cook the main course sous vide. Sous vide - it’s not just for meat any more!

Recipe: Simple Sous Vide Carrots

Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned with Grilled Orange



This post is sponsored by Knob Creek® Distillery and the Original Brothers of Bourbon website.

I enjoy the bold, spicy taste of Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey while I grill. The other day, as I sipped my drink and waited for the grill to preheat, the penny dropped. I can grill my oranges, adding smoky, caramelized fruit flavors to my Old Fashioned. Why didn’t I think of this sooner?

How do I grill an Old Fashioned? While preheating the grill for the main course, I put an orange wedge on the grate for a minute or two, long enough to give it good grill marks. After the wedge cools down for a minute, I squeeze a little of the orange juice into a rocks glass, muddle it with sugar cubes and a dash or two of bitters, and stir in some Knob Creek® Rye. Add some ice, the squeezed orange wedge, top with club soda, and I have a tasty beverage - just what I need to fortify myself for an evening of grilling.

Recipe: Knob Creek® Rye Whiskey Old Fashioned with Grilled Orange

Porktober Prize Pack Giveaway Winner




This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board and Costco. Celebrate #Porktober with pork at Costco!

As the weather turns crisp and you start gathering around the table with family and friends more frequently, serve something you know they’ll love – tender, juicy pork! And, don’t forget to visit Costco.com for information on weekly discounted fresh pork cuts and everything else you’ll need to celebrate “Porktober”.

For more comfort food recipes and inspiration, visit PorkBeinspired.com, Facebook.com/PorkBeinspired, Costco.com and Facebook.com/Costco.

We have a winner...

The winner of the Porktober Prize Pack, picked by Random.Org, is comment #4 - congratulations, ET Pruitt!

ET Pruitt, please get in touch with me by Wednesday, 10/15/2014, with your contact information, so the National Pork Board can send out the Porktober Prize Pack.

Sorry, everyone else - better luck next time!

And, please support today's sponsor, Costco. They have all the ingredients you need for your fall feast, including a special on boneless pork sirloin tip roasts this week, 10/13 through 10/19. Thank you!