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ddog27 10-19-2005 03:18 PM

Half Pork Loin
I bought a half pork loin at the grocery store last night. They were having a really good sale on them. After I got them home I realized I have never cooked a pork loin on the smoker. Can you cook them just like a pork butt? Any tips or recipes would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

Bill The Grill Guy 10-19-2005 03:23 PM

Thats what we had a the Fire House yesterday for lunch. Just loaded it up with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and put it in the oven at 375. Brought it up to 150 and it was DONE. Man it was good.

I'd be afraid of doing the smoker thing, not much fat. IMHO.

ddog27 10-19-2005 03:30 PM


Originally Posted by Bill The Grill Guy
Thats what we had a the Fire House yesterday for lunch. Just loaded it up with salt, pepper, and garlic powder and put it in the oven at 375. Brought it up to 150 and it was DONE. Man it was good.

I'd be afraid of doing the smoker thing, not much fat. IMHO.

I have seen pictures where people put slices of bacon over the pork loin while it smokes to keep it moist. Does that really work?

Shawn White 10-19-2005 03:39 PM

Darin you could brine/flavor brine for a couple of hours .... I'd 'hot' smoke it 275º - 350º .... loins don't benefit from low and slow like a pork butt

Finney 10-19-2005 03:44 PM

I would cook it hot as Shawn said. This is more of a grilling cut, than a smoking cut. Nothing says you can't have smoke wood in there though while you're grilling.

You could actually light a bunch of wood chunks up in your chimney dump them in the grill and cook with them.

Nick Prochilo 10-19-2005 05:35 PM

ddog, try this. I have done it like this twice and it is fantastic. ... ut587.html

Captain Morgan 10-20-2005 07:17 AM

wow...that sounds excellent.

K Kruger 10-20-2005 05:15 PM


Originally Posted by corndog
I am going to try saute' the spinach, mushrooms and some fresh garlic b4 stuffing the pork loin.

Here's a suggestion: Saute the sliced mushrooms in an evoo/butter mix in a single layer in a large saute pan till the mushrooms give up their juices and the juices evaporate allowing them to brown nicely. At that point flip them, brown the other sides, then add the garlic sauteeing just till the garlic is very fragrant, about 2 min more.

Meanwhile, wash your spinach and remove any thick or woody stems. Put the spinach in a large colander and drain well. Sprinkle the spinach generously with salt, toss, sprinkle with more salt, toss again. Working with your hands in the mass of spinach in the colander, tear the spinach in handfuls working the salt into the spinach as you go (just rip in handfuls--the salt works in easily). As you tear the spinach will reduce in bulk substantially. When all is torn squeeze the hell out of the spinach. This will squeeze out all the excess water and with it much of the somewhat metalic bitterness of the oxalic acid spinach contains (but not the rest of the flavor).

[I'm trying to describe this succinctly. The process is quicker than it sounds. I do an overflowing extra-large colander of spinach in less time than it takes to brown mushrooms.]

Break up the now-compacted spinach a bit, rinse well under cold running water to remove the excsee salt (taste a little here and there; quit when the salt is to taste); squeeze the hell out of it again very well, put it on your cutting board and run your knife over it once or twice fluffing it up a bit as you go. (The spinach should be fairly dry at this point. If not, toss it in with your mushrooms to dry a mit more.)

I bleed spinach every time I use it in stuffiing or filling mixes--spanakotyropita, crab-spinach stuffed mushrooms, manicotti, etc. Bleeding spinach gets rid of much more of the water contained in the leaves than sauteeing it does (so your stuffing/filling doesn't end up watery when it cooks later), removes the oxalic acid taste (many people who don't like cooked spinach like it after this process), and you don't need to add water-absorbing breadcrumbs to the stuffing to absorb the water the spinach gives up when it cooks. Further, bleeding it first then making your mix means the stuffing cooks just once rather than twice (which would be the case if you sauteed it first to get rid of its water content) resulting in a cleaner spinach flavor. Give it a shot sometime.

txpgapro 10-20-2005 05:33 PM

Here's the way Miguel does it fast. I take a 7 lb. loin, butterfly it, soak it in peach juice then rubbed TexasRub all over it, inside an out. Stuff it with a can of asparagus spears, and an 8oz. brick of cream cheese. Folded it over, wrapped it up and tied it together with cotton string. Put more TexasRub all over the outside. Smoked for 5 hours over peach wood at 200*-215*. Very good! Sorry no pics, it got eaten too fast.

txpgapro 10-20-2005 05:36 PM

Here's the way Miguel does it slow. Take a large pork loin that has been sitting in peach juice overnight and butterfly it in thirds, like a phamplet foldout. Then rub with TexasBBQRub inside and out. Next goes on the rosemary and thyme, followed by some very thin sliced Virginia Honey Ham (lot cheaper than that fancy stuff). Then the baby leaf spinach, lots of it. Then sliced mushrooms topped with provolone. And last goes on a pound of cream cheese that has a jar of Texas Pepper Jelly mixed in. Fold it all back up, tie it off and smoke over peach wood for about 3-4 hours at around 200-210. Pull loin off when internal reaches 150.

10-20-2005 05:47 PM

They both sound good, butt, the fast takes 5 hours and the slow takes 3 to 4 ? ? Difference in prep times?? :-k

Nick Prochilo 10-20-2005 06:04 PM


Originally Posted by The Joker
They both sound good, butt, the fast takes 5 hours and the slow takes 3 to 4 ? ? Difference in prep times?? :-k

:lmao: :lcry: :lmao: :lcry:

txpgapro 10-20-2005 07:55 PM

#-o When I did the fast one, I over cooked it. The slow one was cooked right, just a whole lot more prep to do, that why I call it the slow one. :biggrin:

10-20-2005 09:52 PM

Dang it! Can't get into that gallery either... #-o

Nick Prochilo 10-21-2005 06:34 AM

corndog, the link you posted comes back saying the gallery is no longer available

Kloset BBQR 10-21-2005 07:16 AM

Still doesn't work. Need your email address also.

txpgapro 10-21-2005 10:52 AM

You must paste from the first picture of the slideshow to get it to work properly.

txpgapro 10-21-2005 01:52 PM


Cliff H. 01-14-2012 11:48 AM

Half Pork Loin
Bump..... I need this.

Captain Morgan 01-14-2012 01:08 PM

Re: Half Pork Loin
dang Cliff, you bumped a post so old it has Finney in it.

Nick Prochilo 01-14-2012 02:32 PM

Re: Half Pork Loin

Cliff H. 01-14-2012 04:12 PM

Half Pork Loin
That's why I bumped it. If I didn't it , I would never find it again. Hahaha

bigwheel 01-14-2012 07:16 PM

Re: Half Pork Loin
Lot of good foodie stuff floating around here. Cant find nothing to argue with anything said:) Now just as an option and maybe as hinted about by Shawn goes like this. Cut the alleged perp into thick steaks..least and inch or so. Soak them in this "2 hours": One gallon hot tap water..not scalding..1/2 cup salt and 1/4 cup of Texas BBQ Rub of your choice for pork. When the two hours is up..drag them out of the brine and dry them off. Rub with light complected olive oyl or spray them with olive PAM..then one final rub down. Cook them about 4 mins per side at 450 direct or till they hit 150 if you cut them thin. Yum yum.

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