Braided Pork Loin

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2020

This braided pork loin is the perfect centerpiece for your next Holiday gathering!  It’s a showstopper that not only looks pretty but tastes amazing!  The seasoning is more present in this dish because of the braiding technique allowing more pieces to have flavor.  The vinegar based BBQ sauce adds a punch of tanginess that brightens the dish.

How to braid pork loin

Braided pork lion

When removing the pork loin from the packaging, make sure to pat dry the entire piece of meat.  This will help remove any access liquids from the package and also help the seasoning stick better.

Next, make sure to remove any silver skin off the loin.  It does not cook well and will be tough to eat.

Pork Lion strips

Braided and seasoned pork lion

In order to make the braid, you need to separate the loin into 3 long pieces.  Starting from one end, leave about 2 inches and slice down the pork loin making 3 equal sized strips.

Season the entire pork loin with your choice of an all purpose rub.  I went with Mr. Make it Happen AP seasoning which has a very simple salt, pepper, garlic, and onion powder base.

To make the perfect braid, for those that have never braided before, separate the 3 strips leaving 1 in the middle.  Next place the left strip over the middle, which now becomes the new middle strip and then the right strip over the new middle.  Continue to repeat this sequence until you reach the end.  To secure the braid, use a wooden skewer or toothpick and pin the ends together

How to grill the perfect braided pork loin.

Grilled pork lion

Preheat the grill to 300 degrees and set for indirect heat.  Place the braided pork onto the gates and cook for 1.5 hours depending on the size of the pork loin.

Close to the end of the cook at 130 degrees internal temperature, brush some vinegar based BBQ sauce over the pork and allow the glaze to penetrate the meat and caramelize on the outside.

Once the internal temperature of the meat reaches 140 degrees, remove from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes.

Sliced braided pork lion

Slice this tender and flavorful braided pork loin, pour some more sauce over the top and serve.  Enjoy!

Happy Holidays

Printer friendly recipe below:

Braided Pork Loin

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Servings 8 People

Ingredients
  

  • 4 lbs Pork Loin
  • 1/4 cup All purpose seasoning
  • 1 cup Vinegar based BBQ sauce

Instructions
 

  • When removing the pork loin from the packaging, make sure to pat dry the entire piece of meat. 
  • Remove any silver skin off the loin.
  • Starting from one end, leave about 2 inches and slice down the pork loin making 3 equal sized strips.
  • Season the entire pork loin with your choice of an all purpose rub. 
  • To make the perfect braid, separate the 3 strips leaving 1 in the middle.  Next place the left strip over the middle one, creating a new middle strip. Then place the right strip over the middle. Continue to repeat this sequence until you reach the end.  To secure the braid, use a wooden skewer or toothpick and pin the ends together.
  • Preheat the grill to 300 degrees and set for indirect heat.  Place the braided pork onto the gates and cook for 1.5 hours depending on the size of the pork lion.
  • When the pork reaches a 130 degrees internal temperature, glaze it with some vinegar based BBQ sauce all over the outside.
  • Once the internal temperature of the meat reaches 140 degrees, remove from the grill and let it rest for 10 minutes.

 

 

 

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