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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Recipe
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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Pork Loin Recipe

Pork is one of the most versatile and flavorful types of meat you can get your hands on. With both tenderness and flavor, there's just as many ways to cook it and cuts of pork to use as beef all while being leaner and easier to cook with. A pork loin is no exception, being one of the best cuts of pork and perfect for any kind of party or barbecue. 

Prep Time40 mins
Cook Time5 hrs
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Pork Loin
Servings: 12
Calories: 250kcal

Equipment

  • ​Charcoal smoker with chunk charcoal
  • Maple wood or applewood chunks or chips 
  • Meat syringe
  • Aluminum foil
  • Large baking pan, foil-lined
  • meat thermometer

Ingredients

Brine

  • 7

    Cups

    Cold water

  • ​2

    Cups Apple cider

  • 1

    Cup

    Kosher salt

  • 1/2

    Cup

    Maple syrup

  • 1/4

    Cup Brown sugar

  • 2

    Tablespoons

    Red pepper flakes

  • 2

    Tablespoons Onion powder

  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic powder

Injection Solution

  • ​2

    Cups Apple cider

  • 1/2

    Cup Brown sugar

  • 2

    Tablespoons Onion powder

  • 2 Tablespoons Garlic powder
  • 1 Tablespoon

    Cayenne pepper

Pork Loin

  • 12

    Pound

    Boneless pork loin



  • ​2

    lbs

    Un-smoked bacon

  • ​Pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions


  • For this recipe, in order to insure your pork loin stays moist, tender, and delicious throughout the long cooking process both inside and out, we'll be injecting the meat with a special solution to add extra flavor.


  •  In a small bowl mix together 2 cups of apple cider, half a cup of brown sugar, two tablespoons each garlic and onion powder, and a tablespoon of cayenne pepper into everything has dissolved.

  • Suck it into your meat syringe and stab into the center of the pork through the side, injecting slowly to avoid spilling out.

  • You can inject in other spots inside the loin, too, if you still have some of the solution left over after the first round.

  • Once injected, it's time to make the outside of the meat just as wet as the inside.

  • Mix up a brine consisting of 7 cups of cold water, 2 cups of apple cider, 1 cup of kosher salt, half a cup of maple syrup, a fourth of a cup of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons red pepper flakes, onion powder, and garlic powder.

  • Just like with the injection, stir everything together in a large bucket until dissolved and well combined, then lower in your pork loin.

  • For best results, let the meat brine in this solution for at least two days, storing it in a cool spot covered until ready.

  • After the two days are up, take your pork loin out, rinse it in cold water, then pat dry thoroughly.

  • Leave it out to warm to room temperature for at least half an hour before proceeding further in prepping the roast. In the meantime, you can start on step 3.

  • As your meat warms up, now is a perfect time to preheat the grill.

  • Toss in some charcoal and light it, closing the lid to let the heat build up inside.

  • For smokes like this, the ideal temperature is somewhere around 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • As it starts to heat up, begin soaking your wood chips in hot water if you're using them instead of wood chunks.

  • When the temperature is where you want it, add on your wood and fill the water tank of your smoker, working quickly and placing on the grates before closing the lid when you're done to let smoke and steam work their magic.

  • When you're close to cook time, you can begin final preparation on your pork loin.

  • Lightly salt and pepper the outside of the meat, using as little seasoning as possible while covering every side.

  • Having been injected with seasoning and brined for two days, it won't take much to get things perfect.

  • Toss the pork loin in a hot, dry pan and sear on all sides, removing the pork loin to a plate to cool down.

  • Searing your meat before wrapping it up in bacon slices introduces some new flavor depths you otherwise wouldn't be able to get, as the surface of the meat will be covered and unable to touch the grill grates during cooking.

  • Once the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin has cooled slightly closer to a room temperature​, begin weaving together your bacon s​lices, knitting them together around the pork.

  • Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect, as it won't change how great it'll taste once you're done.

  • When finished, place seem-side down on a plate before proceeding to the next step.

  • With your loin assembled, you can finally begin cooking it.

  • Put the pork loin seem-side down on the smoker grate, close the lid, and let it cook. It will likely take between four and five hours for the roast to fully cook, during which time you'll want to monitor the levels of charcoal, wood, and water, adding more as needed to maintain a consistent temperature.

  • Around the last hour of cooking, you'll want to begin monitoring the loin's temperature.

  • The target is 145 degrees Fahrenheit, as you need to remove the meat from the heat before it hits the right level of doneness, otherwise it will overcook.

  • To check, stick an instant-read thermometer into the center of the pork loin, being careful not to overshoot and hit the grate.

  • Additionally, if the outside is starting to get too crispy, you can tent the pork loin in aluminum foil.

  • After your loin gets to 145 degrees, remove it to a foil-lined baking pan and cover the top loosely with more foil.

  • Let the meat rest like that for one hour undisturbed, letting it relax and reabsorb some of its juices.

  • By the time it's ready to eat, the carryover heat should have raised the internal temperature to a full 155 degrees or so.

  • Now all your hard work is about to pay off.

  • Place your smoked pork loin on a fancy serving platter and carve it up, taking in every detail of that crispy crust and juicy inside as you do it.

  • Eat it with some of your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, and macaroni and cream cheese, add some bbq sauce​, though you'll probably be more focused on grabbing seconds before anyone else has the chance.

Nutrition

Serving: 142g | Calories: 250kcal