Pork Loin is
a challenge to cook mostly because it is a dense meat (little or no
fat content). Additionally the shape presents a challenge in getting
seasonings to the center. I did some research and found many methods
of cooking from butter-flying to slicing into a roll to stuffing as
a thick chop. And in that research I read about sausage stuffing the
center! Hmmmm... that one got my attention so I looked some more and
then took what I learned and added my twist. Here's what I came up
1/2 pork loin
Rough cut grilling seasoning
Granulated or powdered garlic
handful chopped green onions
4 - 5 slices of bacon
4 - 5 inches fresh pork sausage
As stated earlier the loin is a dense meat, so I
figure, "introduce some fat" right? Bacon fit the bill
here (Hey it's pig too!). The sausage I used was some store-bought
homemade that I had in the freezer. I just cut a chunk off,
defrosted it and pulled it out the casing .
The loin was cut in half and the remainder went in
the freezer (for future experimentation). I was only feeding four
To begin I sliced a nice sized (1-1/4") slit
in the middle of the loin lengthways. This is coming from the cut
end sort of like making a tunnel. I cut almost to the end so
I wouldn't loose any extra juices. So now I have the loin with a
hole only on one end. I seasoned it with savory seasonings (your
choice), in the cavity and outside, and olive oil and let it set in
the ice box for about an hour. You could probably get away without
marinating it at all because the meat is so dense not much is
Pre heat the oven to 350ºF. Take the loin and
stuff a slice of bacon in it. I added a little green onion, garlic
and a big pinch of brown sugar. Mix all of this around with your
finger. Stuff the sausage in it and move it around inside good
again. Finish the stuffing off with another piece of bacon.
bacon over it and tie it with cooking twine. Put the loin in a
baking casserole or pan and cover it. (You can also do this on the
pit in foil) Add about 1/4th cup of water.
Bake at 350 for about two hours. Use a meat thermometer to
check for doneness (170ºF). At the finale (1 hour - 45 minutes)
take the cover off and let it go another 15 minutes.
Take it out the oven, baste it and let it stand
for about 15 minutes. Cut the strings and slice it in 1/2 inch
pieces. Put it back in the casserole and drizzle the fat juices over
it a few times.
Yams and butter-garlic pasta accompanied this main
was tender enough to cut with your fork too!
If you choose to do this on the pit allow at least 3 hours to
cook. You can enclose the loin in heavy duty foil adding a little
water to it so it can steam.