Vanilla, Cardamom and Apple Brined Pork Loin

READY IN: 1hr 20mins
Recipe by Rita1652

This recipe makes enough brine for a 4- to 6-pound boneless pork loin, or six 1 3/8- to 1 1/2-inch-thick center-cut pork loin chops, or 4 pork tenderloins, 1 to 1 1/4 pounds each. Directions shows optional cooking styles for different cuts of pork. Depending on method and cut of meat the brining and cooking times vary.

Top Review by lilquiz

excellent Rita! Fixed a pork loin and used my rotisserie.Great flavor. Served this with boiled red potatoes seasoned with garlic and white truffle oil, and baked butternut squash. Will be making this one when we have our chef friend over next weekend. He will like this!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine first 5 ingredients in a bowl, small crock or heavy-duty plastic container; stir to dissolve the salt and sugar. Add cold water and apple juice, then chill completely in the refrigerator.
  2. Add pork of choice(see note above in discription). Weight with a plate if necessary to keep the meat completely submerged.
  3. Refrigerate 3 days for pork loin, 1 to 2 days for chops and 12 hours for tenderloin. Stir the brine each day and turn the pork occasionally.
  4. ROAST -
  5. In an uncovered, shallow pan at 350°F
  6. Loin Roast, Bone-in or Boneless*
  7. 2-5 pounds for 20 per pound
  8. Shoulder Roast (Butt)** 3-6 pounds for 30 per pound
  9. Tenderloin (roast at 425-450° F) --.
  10. 20 - 30
  11. GRILL - over direct heat
  12. Chops, Bone-in or Boneless 3/4 inch 8-10 minutes
  13. Thick Chop 1 1/2 inches 12-16 minutes.
  14. Tenderloin 1 - 1 1/2 lbs. 15-25 minutes.
  15. SAUTÉING - with a small amount of olive oil over medium-high heat in an uncovered pan
  16. Cutlets, Bone-in or Boneless 1/4 inch 3-4 minutes.
  17. Chops, Bone-in or Boneless 3/4 inch 7-8 minutes.

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