Coriander-and-Oregano-Brined Pork Loin
Soaking in a brine -- salted, flavored water, similar to pickling liquid -- yields meat that is seasoned, tender, and juicy. Try this method with pork chops, chicken, or turkey pieces.
- 2/3 cup coarse salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 tablespoon black peppercorns
- 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
- 2 sprigs oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless pork loin
- Vegetable oil, for grill
In a large bowl or plastic bag, combine 4 cups water, salt, sugar, peppercorns, coriander, oregano, and bay leaf and stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Add pork and refrigerate at least 1 hour (or up to 8 hours).
Set up a grill for indirect cooking (above) over medium-high. Clean and lightly oil hot grill. Remove pork from brine, pat dry, and grill directly over heat source until brown all over, 15 minutes. Move to cooler side of grill. Cover grill and cook until pork is cooked through (an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of pork should read 140 degrees), about 25 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and tent with foil. Let rest 10 minutes before slicing thinly.
SourceEveryday Food, July/August 2010