Roast Loin of Pork

  • Yield : 6 to 8 portions
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  • 2 ounces dried ancho chili peppers, soaked in 1/2 cup hot water until softened, seeds carefully removed , pureed until smooth
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin seed
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped, about 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup good Kentucky Bourbon
  • 1 (4 to 5 pound) centercut loin of pork
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 carrot roughly chopped
  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1 celery stalk roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 tablespoons rendered pork fat
  • 2 cups hot chicken broth


Step 1

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Step 2

In a saucepan over medium heat combine the pureed ancho chili, ketchup, honey, vinegar, Worcestershire, black pepper, ground cumin and garlic. Bring the ingredients to a simmer and allow to cook for 20 minutes before removing from the heat. Add the bourbon to the finished glaze and allow to cool.

Step 3

Season the roast with salt and pepper, put the roast into a roasting pan and brush with the ancho marinade. Place the roasting pan into the oven and cook for 20 minutes before turning the heat down to 350 degrees. Brush the roast at frequent intervals during the cooking process to keep the roast moist as well as perfumed with the spice mixture. Add the roughly cut vegetables, and continue to cook until the roast reaches an internal temperature of 150 degrees, about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove the roast from the pan and allow to stand for 20 minutes before carving.

Step 4

While the roast is resting make a pan gravy. Pour off all of the rendered pork fat reserving 3 tablespoons, leave the rough cut vegetables in the pan, and place the roasting pan on the stove top. Turn the burner on underneath the roasting pan and keep the vegetables hot. Carefully

Step 5

deglaze the pan by adding the wine and allowing most of the liquid to cook off before adding the hot chicken broth. Reduce the heat to a simmer. Meanwhile in a small saucepan combine the 3 tablespoons of pork fat with the flour and cook gently to make a light brown roux , cooking about 3 to 4 minutes. Using a wire whisk add the roux to the simmering stock and whip the ingredient together to avoid lumping. Add any remaining marinade to the gravy and cook for 5 minutes before straining through a fine mesh strainer. Serve the roast, by carving at the table, with ancho gravy on the side.

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