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Smoked Pork Loin with Dried Fruit Chutney


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  • Pork
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup Kosher salt
  • 1 (3 1/2- to 4-pound) blade-end boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
  • 2 cups wood chips
  • 1 disposable 13 by 9-inch aluminum roasting pan, (if using charcoal) or 1 (9-inch) disposable aluminum pie plate (if using gas)
  • Chutney
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots, diced
  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • Kosher salt



Step 1

FOR THE PORK: Combine sugar and salt in small bowl. Tie roast with twine at 1-inch intervals. Rub sugar-salt mixture over entire surface of roast, making sure roast is evenly coated. Wrap roast tightly in plastic wrap, set roast in rimmed baking sheet, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours.

Just before grilling, soak wood chips in water for 15 minutes, then drain. Using large piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil, wrap soaked chips in 8 by 4 1/2-inch foil packet. (Make sure chips do not poke holes in sides or bottom of packet.) Cut 2 evenly spaced 2-inch slits in top of packet.

FOR A CHARCOAL GRILL: Open bottom vent halfway. Arrange 25 unlit charcoal briquettes over half of grill and place disposable pan filled with 3 cups water on other side of grill. Light large chimney starter two-thirds filled with charcoal briquettes (4 quarts). When top coals are partially covered with ash, pour evenly over unlit briquettes. Place wood chip packet on coals. Set cooking grate in place, cover, and open lid vent halfway. Heat grill until hot and wood chips are smoking, about 5 minutes.

FOR A GAS GRILL: Remove cooking grate and place wood chip packet directly on primary burner. Place disposable pie plate filled with 1 inch water directly on other burner(s). Set grate in place, turn all burners to high, cover, and heat grill until hot and wood chips are smoking, about 15 minutes. Turn primary burner to medium and turn off other burner(s). (Adjust primary burner as needed to maintain grill temperature of 300 degrees.)

Clean and oil cooking grate. Unwrap roast and pat dry with paper towels. Place roast on grill directly over water pan about 7 inches from heat source. Cover (position lid vent over roast if using charcoal) and cook until meat registers 140 degrees, 1 1/2 to 2 hours, rotating roast 180 degrees after 45 minutes.

FOR THE CHUTNEY: Combine wine, apricots, cherries, vinegar, water, sugar, shallot, and ginger in medium saucepan. Bring to simmer over medium heat. Cover and cook until fruit is softened, 10 minutes. Remove lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Add butter, Dijon, and dry mustard and continue to cook until slightly thickened, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt. Transfer to bowl and let stand at room temperature.
6. Transfer roast to cutting board, tent with foil, and let stand for 30 minutes. Remove and discard twine. Slice roast 1/4 inch thick and serve with chutney.


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