Smoked Pork Loin
Smoke and spice sound like great complements for grilled pork loin-if you can prevent them from overwhelming this mild cut.
Why This Recipe Works
Our Smoked Pork Loin recipe began with a basic barbecue spice rub (paprika, chili powder, cumin, oregano, cayenne, brown sugar, salt, and pepper), which added plenty of flavor without completely taking over the dish. Starting the meat on the cooler side of the grill and saving the searing until the end of cooking—when the wood chips had already surrendered their smoke—proved a better way to develop flavor on the exterior of the meat. To build flavor on the inside of the meat with a marinade, we began with soy sauce, which penetrated the meat much like a saltwater brine, helping to season it and keep it moist. Garlic, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard, and brown sugar lent boldness to the mild pork, while bourbon provided the smoky-sweet taste and kick needed to reinforce the smoke flavor.