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smoking pork loins

I have been using my egg for 7 years. i am satisfied with everything that i cook or smoke on the egg except pork loins either boneless or bone-in, they never come out tender, always tough. I have brined them and even soaked them in buttermilk and still no luck. I was told by a friend that i needed to inject them with the brine and then cover them with the brine for several days. I have purchased smoked chops from a local grocery store and they are very tender with a nice pink color to them and very tasty. Any ideas to get good tender pork loins would be appreciated.

                                                                                                           Thanks, Larry




  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 10,514
    What temp are you cooking to? There is very little internal fat, so not much wiggle room with over-shooting.
  • billyraybillyray Posts: 1,120

    I always brine and cook to 140 IT. They are pink and moist. Here's a plum sauce we use.

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     1 can 16 oz. purple plums, pitted and pureed

    2 Tbl. butter

    1 small onion diced

    1/3 cup brown sugar

    ¼ cup chili sauce

    2 Tbl. soy sauce

    2 tsp. lemon juice

    1 tsp ground ginger

    Saute onion in butter until clear, 4-5 minutes

    Mix pureed plums and all ingredients together, add to the onion and bring to a boil, simmer 25 to 30 minutes.

     It will thicken and become a beautiful red color



    Felton, Ca. 2-LBGE, 1-Small and waiting on a mini
  • fishlessmanfishlessman Posts: 16,659
    this is something i did with one a few months back, very tender and moist. i stabbed the loin a hundred times with a wide blade chef knife thru to the cutting board, flipped it and stabbed it again. then marinated it in oil/limes/garlic, not just marinade it but pressed the marinade into alll the holes. i think the limes helped to break it down and the oil acted as a fat inside the loin as it cooked. i did it direct over a hot fire continuously rotating as it caramelized until about 142 which really is overcooking, rest it on a rack, not on a cold plate that sucks the juices out


    stuffing with wet things helps as well. not a fan of all the frut/jam nut fillings, but do like a bread stuffing, this one has a turkey stuffing some cooked chourico meat, onions and sauted cellery, and bread stuffing, roasted in a pan with chicken stock added to collect the drippings for gravy.
    these are tougher for getting them tender and off the grill ontime but the added moisture makes up for that


  • jlsmjlsm Posts: 839
    Fishlessman, both of those look absolutely fantastic. 
    Owner of a large and a beloved mini in Philadelphia
  • NecessaryIndulgNecessaryIndulg Posts: 1,097
    edited November 2012
    Dang, @fishlessman --- that's gorgeous! :)
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  • I inject mine with various mixes of apple cider vinegar, balsamic, pepper, spices, etc. Whatever you like. Then i do mine on indirect at 300 dome with hickory until they reach internal at 140. Then pull and let rest until juices redistribute which is about 15 min. Mine have been so moist every single time. Next time I do it I will pull them at 130 and finish off with direct flame to char it up a bit. 
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