Recipe courtesy of Merchants

Sweet Tea Pork Loin

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 25 hr 40 min (includes brining time)
  • Active: 1 hr
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

Pork Loin:

2 quarts sweet tea

1/3 cup kosher salt 

1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 

12 black peppercorns 

2 cloves garlic, smashed 

2 sprigs fresh thyme 

1 bay leaf 

One 6-pound boneless pork loin

Barbecue rub such as Big Duane's Butt Rub, for coating the pork

Pimento Grits:

4 cups chicken broth

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

1 cup instant grits 

1 cup pimento cheese 

Molasses-Glazed Green Beans:

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 1/2 pounds green beans, trimmed and blanched 

1/2 cup sorghum syrup 

1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce

Bourbon Jus:

1 cup bourbon

1 cup apple cider 

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 

6 black peppercorns

2 sprigs thyme 

1 bay leaf 

1 cinnamon stick 

1 orange peel 

1 star anise 

1 quart reduced pork stock 

Directions

  1. For the pork: Combine the sweet tea, salt, Worcestershire sauce, peppercorns, garlic, thyme and bay leaf in a large bowl or stock pot and stir to dissolve the salt. Submerge the pork loin in the brine and refrigerate for 24 hours.
  2. Before cooking, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Remove the pork loin from the brine and rub with barbecue rub. Cut the loin into eight 10-ounce portions. Sear the pieces on both sides in a large skillet, then transfer them to the oven and roast to an internal temperature of 140 degrees F.
  4. For the grits: Bring the chicken broth to a boil in a medium saucepan over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, add the butter and slowly stir in the grits. Cook, stirring, until tender, 1 to 2 minutes. When the grits are fully cooked, mix in the pimento cheese.
  5. For the green beans: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the green beans and saute for 2 minutes. Mix together the sorghum syrup and Worcestershire sauce, add to the beans and cook until reduced to a glaze.
  6. For the jus: Combine the bourbon, apple cider, cider vinegar, peppercorns, thyme, bay leaf, cinnamon stick, orange peel and star anise in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium-high heat until reduced by two-thirds. Add the pork stock and reduce until thickened, 20 minutes.
  7. To plate: Spoon 1/3 cup of the cheese grits onto a plate, top with a slice of pork loin and add some green beans on the side. Drizzle bourbon jus over all.