Thursday, August 9, 2012
The grocery had a special on pork roasts and I got a 5 pound roast for the outstanding price of $9.00. Wowza, I was excited. I like to fix dinner for the "in town" family and sometimes it is a challenge to come up with something that will feed everyone without breaking the budget. Do you ever have that problem? We have 6 adults and 6 children eating, so it takes quite a bit to fill everyone up, especially the men.
Consider pork loin. It is delicious, easy to prepare, feeds a lot of people and can be found at a good price if you watch the ads. There are lots and lots of ways to fix it. I happened upon this recipe online and didn't write down where I found it. I think it was at AllGoodRecipes.com and let me tell you, it's a keeper. First, you make a rub for the pork loin and then cover it with bacon. I mean, that should be enough right? But, you also make a wonderful brown sugar glaze to go over it and that just puts it over the top! The meat was so tender and juicy, just heavenly. And then the glaze, well you'll just have to make it to find out. Yummmmmo!
Here is what you need:
1 5 pound pork loin (or somewhere close)
about 5/6 slices of bacon, cut in half
1 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp paprika
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
Let your pork loin set out for about 1/2 hour to come to room temperature. Mix all the spices and rub over the entire pork loin. Place in a 9x13 baking pan or dish, fat side up, and cover the pork with the bacon slices. Try not to overlap the bacon too much so it will cook. Place in a 350 degree oven and cook for about 1.5 hours.
I did remember to take a picture of the roast just as I put it in the oven. It was a crazy day.
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
1 TBSP flour (I used 1.5 tsp. corn starch so it is gluten free)
2 TBSP cider vinegar
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
Combine the ingredients in a saucepan and stir until the sugar has melted and everything is combined. Simmer for one (1) minute. Remove the loin from the oven after 1.5 hours. Pour the glaze over the entire roast and return the pan to the oven. Continue to cook for another 15 - 30 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
Remove the pan from the oven and let it sit for a few minutes before slicing and serving. (if you can wait that long) One look at that crispy bacon on top and you will want to dig right in.
This dish is so fantastic that it could be served at the most elegant dinner party or for a simple family meal. Oh my, it is so good. It made me hungry just looking at the picture. Everyone in the family loved it. We will be having this again.
Add this recipe to your repertoire. You will have requests to make it again. I know if there had been any left, it would have made fantastic leftovers. Maybe next time.
Things to Remember:
There is nothing like sitting around the dinner table with family enjoying good food, laughing, talking and making memories.