Old South Coca-Cola Pork Loin

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Old South Coca-Cola Pork Loin

The addition of Coca-Cola to the sauce in this dish is perfectly well put! This recipe is a must-try! I promise you that it is worth all your time and effort. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS

For the Pork Loin:

5-pound pork loin roast

1/4 cup soy sauce

1 cup Coca-Cola

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

2 tbsp. Dijon mustard

3 tbsp. oil

2 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup ketchup

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tbsp. dry mustard

2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. ginger

1 tsp. thyme, crushed

For the Glaze:

1 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp. cornstarch

1/2 tsp. dry mustard

2 tbsp. butter

1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

2/3 cup Coca-Cola

Sea salt and fresh ground pepper, to tasteΒ 

INSTRUCTIONS

To prepare the pork loin:

  • In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients except the meat, to form a marinade.
  • Set the pork roast in a plastic bag with a zip-type seal, pour in the marinade and seal the bag.
  • Set the plastic bag in a serving bowl large enough to steady the roast and keep the marinade ingredients from spreading away from the roast.
  • Let stand for 24 hours, or overnight, in the refrigerator, patting and turning the bag every few hours to ensure the meat marinates evenly. This helps the roast absorb the marinating liquids and creates a tender, juicy and flavorful roast.
  • Remove roast from marinade and discard the marinade.
  • Pre-heat oven to 325Β°F.
  • Place roast, fat side up, on rack in roasting pan.
  • Insert roast meat thermometer so the bulb is centered in the thickest part.
  • Do not add water.
  • Do not cover.
  • Roast in a slow pre-heated oven until the thermometer registers to 175Β°F.
  • Allow 30 to 40 minutes per pound for roasting; so for a 5-pound loin roast, you would be roasting for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
  • During last 1 hour of cooking time, brush on the glaze.
  • Remove from the oven and out of the pan onto a platter; cover with foil tent to seal steam and rest the meat 15 minutes before slicing; this results in a much juicier roast.

To prepare the glaze:

  • In a saucepan, mix together all ingredients.
  • Simmer and stir to thicken.
  • Brush or spoon glaze on meat frequently during last 1 hour of cooking.

NOTES

If you prefer, you can just as easily cook on the grill or in the smoker.

Alternatively, you can slow-roast. Instead of roasting at 325Β°F, use a slow oven at 250Β°F – 275Β°F and allow almost twice as long. The meat will be even more tender. Use a meat thermometer, or whatever means you like, to achieve desired degree of meat temperature to consider the roast done. Serve any remaining sauce with the sliced pork if you like.

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