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Smoked Pork Loin

post #1 of 12
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I'll be making a smoked pork loin Sunday and I'm very new to smoking meat.


I'll use an offset smoker. I've upgraded it some since my last time using it. I fixed some rust holes and leaks.

I have seasoned the loin and it's in the fridge now overnight. I used about 4tbsp uncle chris steak seasoning and about 1/8 cup pancake syrup. The loin is about 6 lbs after I cut the thin end off.

Last time I made chicken in the offset smoker and it used a ton of wood to keep temps up and it ended to having a nasty smoke flavor. And way too much salt.

How can I make the loin not have too much smoke flavor? Did I put too much seasoning on it? Is pancake syrup ok to use?

I have 1/2 of a big bag of charcoal and a 10lb bag of misquite chunks. Will that be enough?

I can get more charcoal tomorrow if needed.

I was thinking of using charcoal in the offset and adding wood chunks to it for smoke. Will that work? How much charcoal should I need? 10lb? 20lb? 30lb?

I just want some Barbque to taste good for once. I've tried about 10times over the last few years and not once was it good when using wood. Please help. My wife has given up on my bbq tasting good.


Thanks. I'll post pics while I'm smoking it.
post #2 of 12

First off, put the Mesquite away or only add one chunk the whole cook. Mesquite is the stongest flavor available. Get some Apple Wood chunks. Loin is a fairly short smoke 2-3 hours tops. 10lbs of Charcoal should be plenty, but hey, you are out for Apple Wood, get a back up bag. Maple sryup is fine. Commercial seasonings are LOADED with Salt. Salt is cheap, spices cost $$$. Go easy on the rub. Burn the Charcoal and add chunks of wood. Look at the Minion Method for setup...JJ

 

http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/85924/the-minion-method-explained-w-tutorial

post #3 of 12
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Well. It's done. I'll post pics once I take it out of foil.

I did the Minion method. Only took 5 lbs of charcoal the entire smoke:). I smoked it too high temp though. Averaged about 290F. I tried to lower the temps by closing off air vents. Didn't work. My smoker has too many leaks still. I guess I put too much charcoal.

I ended up using about 4 lbs of misquite chunks. I had TBS only and never had white smoke:).

I'm thinking it's finally going to be good!!!

Unless I put too much seasoning.

10 more min to wait:)
post #4 of 12
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I smoked to internal 145F.
post #5 of 12

You should be fine at the higher temp. You may sacrifice a bit of smoke flavor, though not a problem with Mesquite, but the Bark will be nicer. The important thing was pulling at 140-145°. That will be some juicy meat...JJ

 

Four Pounds of Mesquite Chunks! WOW...I now hardcore Texans that don't want that much mesquite smoke on meat...:icon_eek: 

post #6 of 12
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Taste awesome!!! finally did good!!!

A little dry but that's maybe because it's pork. Ok on the smoke flavor. I'd actually like more smoke than it has. Just needed some sauce and it was perfect!!!!!
post #7 of 12

How long did you rest in the foil? In a Cooler? Don't forget, the surface of the meat is hot. When you wrap in foil the meat will continue to cook and rise 5 to 10°. So if you pull at 140-145°, rest 15 minutes on the counter, no foil needed. If you want or need to rest longer, pull the meat off at least 10° shy of your goal IT and foil rest in towels or in a cooler. I suspect if it was a little dry, it overcooked during the rest...JJ.

post #8 of 12
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Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ View Post

You should be fine at the higher temp. You may sacrifice a bit of smoke flavor, though not a problem with Mesquite, but the Bark will be nicer. The important thing was pulling at 140-145°. That will be some juicy meat...JJ

Four Pounds of Mesquite Chunks! WOW...I now hardcore Texans that don't want that much mesquite smoke on meat...icon_eek.gif  

Maybe it wasn't 4lbs...idk...about the amount of wood chunks that would pile to be the size of a human head...
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Chef JimmyJ View Post

How long did you rest in the foil? In a Cooler? Don't forget, the surface of the meat is hot. When you wrap in foil the meat will continue to cook and rise 5 to 10°. So if you pull at 140-145°, rest 15 minutes on the counter, no foil needed. If you want or need to rest longer, pull the meat off at least 10° shy of your goal IT and foil rest in towels or in a cooler. I suspect if it was a little dry, it overcooked during the rest...JJ.

I took it to 145 and then immediately wrapped it in foil and then put it in an off oven for 30min.

I'm guessing it was over cooked. But I'm extremely happy with it!!! I now have hope that I will one day make some absolutely awesome bbq. I was about to give up completely.

Growing up my parents always used gas and I never learned to smoke with wood. Also they never seasoned much at all and never let me cook.

I've been learning a lot on here and will keep trying. My FIL has won a few BBQ competitions and I've learned some from him but he's old now and doesn't BBQ much anymore.
post #10 of 12

Don't give up...You are on the right track and came to the right place for help...Post or PM anytime with questions. If I can't answer you, I will send you to someone who can...JJ

post #11 of 12
I would also check the accuracy of the thermometer/s in boiling water
post #12 of 12
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Originally Posted by JckDanls 07 View Post

I would also check the accuracy of the thermometer/s in boiling water

I have checked it. It's good. Thanks though.
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