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Apple Cider Pork Loin Recipe


Pork loin
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Pork loin is marinated in apple cider, then rubbed with a spice mix and roasted. The result is a tender, juicy pork roast with little fuss. The chipotle chile pepper adds just a slight kick to the spice rub. If you do not care for spicy foods, simply omit the chipotle. Plan ahead to marinate the pork loin roast overnight. If you really feel festive, substitute apple brandy for half of the cider.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 40 minutes


  • 1 cup apple cider or pure apple juice
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 to 4-pound pork loin roast
  • .
  • 1 Tablespoon (about) Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons Hungarian sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground chipotle chile pepper
  • Apple wedges for garnish, optional


Whisk together apple cider, brown sugar, and salt. Place pork loin roast and apple cider mixture in a heavy zip-top bag, squeeze out the air, and seal. Refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.

Drain pork loin roast, discarding liquid. Rub all sides with Worcestershire sauce.

Whisk together brown sugar, kosher salt, paprika, onion powder, sage, and chipotle chile pepper. Coat the roast evenly with the spice mixture.

Preheat oven to 425 F. Line a 9 x 13-inch baking pan with foil and insert a roasting rack. Place pork loin roast on the baking rack, fat-side-up.

Roast for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 F., and roast an additional 1 hour (165 F internal temperature recommended). Remove from oven, tent with foil, and let rest for 15 minutes, before slicing to serve. Garnish with apple slices, if desired.

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Note: This cut exemplifies the slogan of "the other white meat." If you overcook it, it will be dry and tough like overcooked chicken breasts.

Apple Cider Pork Loin Recipe Photo © 2009 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone, licensed to About.com, Inc.
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