Evening Meal - Smoked Loin With A Balsamic Reduction & Strawberry Stuff

Discussion in 'Pork' started by smoking b, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. For my evening meal tonight I decided to smoke some pork loin  [​IMG]

    I cut off a 3 lb. piece

    Scored it

    & gave it a nice coating of rub.

    I put it in the MES at 225    AMNPS running oak & apple

    While the loin was smoking I made some strawberry stuff  [​IMG]

    Just finished blending.

    & into the container then the freezer to set up.

    Loin done - ready to wrap & rest. Time to get busy on the reduction.

    Updates to follow...
  2. Ok starting the balsamic reduction...

    Ready to go.

    Threw together a quick salad for the side...

    Time to unwrap the loin!

    One of the slices.

    Very tender & juicy  [​IMG]

    A slice plated.

    Close up view...
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  3. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hi Jeremy!

    OK, I am seriously fascinated by your balsamic reduction.  Did you put that strawberry puree in with it?  Any chance you would be willing to share your recipe?

    That whole meal looks perfectly prepared.  What IT did you take your loin to before wrapping it?  It looks nice and juicy!

    It all looks great, thanks for sharing!

  4. Hey Clarissa!

    That's actually cranberry sauce & I just kinda made it up but it turned out good so I'll gladly share the process & rough measurements with you  [​IMG]

    I started with a heaping Tbsp of butter & some rosemary I ground the day before. I scooped it out with a tsp but it was heaped up so it would have been closer to a 1/2 Tbsp or slightly more?

    I chopped up a medium yellow onion & added that - not sure what the volume was - sorry

    Once the onion was in I sautéed till it was nice & soft.

    After that I added roughly 1/2 cup each of chicken broth (weird I know but it works) & cranberry sauce with berries.

    I also added a splash of balsamic vinegar that I'm roughly guessing was 1 Tbsp-ish & stirred till the cranberry sauce melted.

    Once it melted I switched to a whisk & started boiling. After it reduced a little I added a squeeze of honey - not much probably 1/2 Tbsp & whisked it in well.

    I left it reduce till it would coat a spoon thickly & took it off the heat.

    The last thing I did was grind some fresh salt & pepper on top & whisked it in to complete it  [​IMG]

    I know that's not much of a recipe to go by but this was an experiment & I didn't measure everything I did - hopefully I was able to give you enough to go off of if you decide to try it.

    For the pork loin I wanted to pull it at an IT of 143 & I was keeping a close eye on it but at the end it jumped from 142 to 144 so it was 144 when I pulled it to wrap. It was very juicy & flavorful! 

    Thanks for the compliments!  [​IMG]   If you have any more questions just let me know...
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  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well done and very inventive.

  6. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    LOL.... It looks pretty good! Nice juicy pork loin is hard to beat, AND I bet cranberries would be good on it.

    You know you have now got Clarissa thinking about a balsamic reduction. Clear the decks and stand by for action!

    I still like the strawberry stuff.
  7. Thanks Disco  [​IMG]
  8. Thanks Foam  [​IMG]   It was good enough that I will be making it again - & yes it sounds like I have definitely piqued Clarissa's interest with this particular meal!
  9. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Awesome.  Thanks so much for your detailed explanation!  I like it better that those were cranberries in there…..I have a recipe for pork tenderloin with a balsamic cranberry sauce , but the I've found the sauce to be thin and lacking in flavor.  I'm going to try your recipe next time, it looks great.

    Thanks, Jeremy, and have a great week!

  10. snorkelinggirl

    snorkelinggirl Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Too funny, Kevin!  But yes, I've got the pork loin thawing and have checked on my frozen cranberries supply.  All systems ready.

    Is the strawberry stuff dessert, or a tasty adult frozen beverage?  Either way is a win, definitely.
  11. No problem Clarissa - let me know what you think when you try it good or bad!  You have a great week too  [​IMG]
  12. Have you made some strawberry stuff Foam?
    It's an easy dessert to make - here is my original thread on it

  13. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I am pretty sure you've posted that recipe here. If not you, then someone did. I have had it while at Boy Scout camp, and that was just a few years back, then again in the military. Its not hard to get excited about it when camping. Its good, itd different, AND its nearly indestructible!

    I always take note if of anything involving strawberries!
    Last edited: Mar 17, 2014
  14. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dang SB, all your posts are sure makin me hungry ! Again, very nice ! Thumbs Up

  15. Yup that was me - I put the link to my original thread in post #12.

    Yeah that stuff is pretty darn tough Foam!    [​IMG]

    Somehow I forgot to post the pictures of the strawberry stuff so here they are...

  16. Thanks Justin  [​IMG]
  17. deansomers

    deansomers Smoke Blower

    Cranberries on pork is interesting. How is it?
  18. It's actually very good man - give it a try  [​IMG]
  19. deansomers

    deansomers Smoke Blower

    I think I will thanks
  20. You're quite welcome  [​IMG]  

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