Coffee and Cola Pork Loin

TOTAL TIME: 25 hr 20 min
Prep: 10 min
Inactive Prep: 24 hr
Cook: 1 hr 10 min
 
YIELD: 6 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

FOR THE PORK LOIN:
  • 1 cup warm water, plus 1 cup cold water
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 (2 1/2 to 3-pound) pork loin
  • 1/4 cup ground coffee beans
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
  • 3 whole star anise
  • 1 (1/2-inch) piece cinnamon stick broken into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
FOR THE SAUCE:
  • 1/2 pound bacon, diced
  • 2 cups demi-glace or 1 package demi-glace mix dissolved in 1 cup water
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1 cup pineapple juice, from canned pineapple tidbits
  • 1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 1 cup cola
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Directions

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

For the pork loin:
Combine 1 cup of warm water with the vinegar, sugar and salt in a medium bowl, whisking until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Transfer to a large resealable gallon-sized plastic bag. Add 1 cup of cold water and the pork loin, seal, and refrigerate overnight.

Pulse the coffee, brown sugar, peppercorns, star anise and cinnamon stick in a coffee or spice grinder until they become a fine powder. Remove the pork loin from the brine and pat dry with paper towels. Rub with the spice mix, transfer the pork to a baking sheet and set it aside at room temperature.

In a large skillet melt the butter with the oil over medium-high heat. Add the pork loin and brown for 5 minutes, turning to brown all sides. Transfer the pork to a baking sheet and roast until the temperature reads 160 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 1 hour. Remove the roast from the oven, cover loosely with aluminum foil, and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

For the sauce:
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, cook the diced bacon until crispy. Remove any excess fat from the pan and add the demi-glace, red wine, cola, pineapple juice and pineapple tidbits. Bring back to a simmer over medium-high heat for 10 minutes, until the sauce has reduced by half. Slice the pork loin and serve with the sauce on the side.

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