Smoked Pork Loin
Looking for an easy and delicious smoked meat recipe? We have you covered! Our smoked pork loin recipe is easy to make, and it tastes fabulous. You’ll never guess what our secret ingredient is either! Check out our recipe with step-by-step instructions below, to see just how easy it is to make!
Delicious Smoked Pork Loin
Making smoked pork loin is surprisingly easy to do and tastes fabulous. Our smoked pork loin recipe only requires a few ingredients, including the pork loin, and a few hours of time to smoke it. It’s so easy and you get to enjoy a delicious meal.
What is a Pork Loin
Pork loin is a slice of pink meat that comes from that muscle that runs along a pig’s back, near their rib cage, often from their shoulder to their rump. Pork loin is a boneless cut of meat, that is typically nice, juicy, and tender.
The difference between Pork Loin & Pork Tenderloin
Pork loin and tenderloin are often confused with each other, but they’re different cuts of pork. Pork loin is wider and rounder and can sometimes be cut like a steak. Pork loin is usually wide and flat, and may contain a bone or could be boneless. On the other hand, pork tenderloin is long, skinny, and narrow. Pork tenderloin is also boneless.
What Makes A Good Smoked Pork Loin
A good smoked pork loin is when you get to enjoy a nice juicy piece of meat that has been smoked to perfection. You get the subtly sweet flavor of your added ingredient, along with the naturally delicious taste of your pork loin.
Let’s look at what you need in order to make our delicious smoked pork loin recipe!
Ingredients You Need
Smoked Pork Loin Rub
Begin by creating your rub. In a small mixing bowl combine paprika, brown sugar, salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. Mix together, so that it is ready to add on top of your pork loin.
Next, take your pork loin and cover it with grape jelly. Sprinkle your rub so that it covers your pork loin on all sides.
How to Smoke a Pork Loin
Preheat your smoker to 220°F.
Place the prepared pork loin directly on your grill grate, close the lid, and allow it to smoke for approximately 2 to 3 hours.
Allow the pork loin to smoke until the internal temperature reaches 145°F. Remove your smoked pork loin from your smoker, tent it with aluminum foil, and allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving. Cut and serve the smoked pork loin, enjoy!
How Long to Smoke a Pork Loin
A good rule of thumb to follow is that it takes approximately ½ hour to smoke 1 pound of pork loin. Therefore, if you have a 6-pound pork loin it will take approximately 3 hours to fully smoke your meat.
When is a Pork Loin done?
The internal temperature of your pork should reach 145°F(62.8°C) in order for it to be considered cooked and safe to eat.
Tips for Smoking Pork Roasts
Foil Packet. If you prefer a less smoky flavor, you can always wrap your meat in aluminum foil to help prevent your meat from soaking in as much of the smoke flavor. You can also wrap your meat in aluminum foil and allow it to rest in a cooler once it reaches the desired internal temperature.
Water Pan. Also, adding a water pan to your smoker will help to keep your meat moist, however it may take longer for your meat to fully cook when you add a water pan.
Low and Slow. The key to delicious and juicy smoked pork loin is to cook your meat over low and slow heat. This means cook your meat at a low temperature and allow it additional time to cook so that you get the nice juicy meat, with a delicious smoky flavor.
Best Types of Wood for Smoking Pork
For smoking pork, it’s always a good idea to use some of the milder kinds of wood. Using wood such as apple, pecan, and maple are always good options.
You can choose other types of wood, these are always good options and good go-tos if you are not sure which flavor of wood to use when smoking your pork loin.
What Goes Great with Smoked Pork Loin
There are a lot of good options you can serve along side of your smoked pork loin. Some recipes are easier than others, and if you already have your smoker going hey why not throw on another side dish on your smoker! Below are some of our favorites.
Another great option for a side dish you can serve alongside your smoked pork loin is smoked baked beans. Our recipe for baked beans and easy and tastes fabulous with any smoked meat.
You also can’t go wrong with smoking a baked potato. Smoked baked potatoes are easy to do, and you can also throw this on your smoker alongside your smoked pork loin.
However, if you want to use a side dish that does not require being added to the smoker, here are a few ideas for you:
Stuffed Pork Loin
What about making a stuffed pork loin? This is a great way to mix up your pork loin recipe. Think of stuffing your pork loin, what sounds good?
A fun and simple way to stuff your pork loin is to cut open the center by taking a knife and creating a slit. Then stuff your pork loin with either a brat, sausage, or cheese. Then continue preparing your smoked pork loin recipe as instructed above.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Do You Smoke Pork Loin Without Drying It Out?
The key to smoking a pork loin without drying it out is to make sure you use in good rub on your pork loin, then smoke it low and slow. If you’re worried about your pork loin drying out you can also include a water pan inside your smoker only be aware this may increase the time it takes for your pork loin to cook.
Do You Wrap Pork Loin in Foil When Smoking?
There are many varying opinions about wrapping your pork loin in foil when smoking. In general, it’s typically not a good idea to wrap your pork loin in foil, as it prevents the smoke flavor from getting into your pork loin.
However, if you are struggling to reach the internal temperature, but the outside of your pork loin is done, it is a good idea to wrap your meat in aluminum foil so that the inside continues cooking without overcooking the outside.
Do You Flip Pork Loin When Smoking?
There’s no need to flip your pork loin when smoking. Simply place it directly on your grill grates, and smoke.
Do You Smoke a Pork Loin Fat Side Up or Down?
Your pork loin fat side up on your smoker grill grate to cook. Placing the fat side up will help you get the best flavor and keep your meat moist while smoking.
How Long to Smoke Pork Loin
The amount of time it takes to smoke a pork loin depends on what size the pork loin is. On average, it takes approximately ½ hour to smoke a pork loin per pound. However, this time may vary depending on what temperature you are smoking a pork loin.
What’s the Safe Serving Temperature for Pork Loin?
The internal temperature of your pork loin must reach at least 145°F before you can remove it from the smoker. If it does not reach 145°F in the center of your meat, then your meat is still raw. Once the temperature is reached, you can allow the meat to rest before serving, then serve and enjoy your delicious smoked pork loin.
Room Temperature. Smoked pork loin should not sit at room temperature for any longer than two hours before your meat goes bad.
Refrigerator. Smoked pork loin can last for up to four days when stored in the refrigerator. To store in the refrigerator be sure to wrap it securely, place it in an airtight container, or seal it in a plastic storage bag. Refrigerate at 40°F or below for up to four days.
Freezer. You can also freeze any leftover smoked pork loin if desired. In order to freeze, you’ll want to place it into an airtight container, or seal it in a plastic freezer bag before placing it into the freezer. Freeze at 0°F or below for up to three months.
Smoked Pork Loin Roast
Making a smoked pork loin roast is a fabulous way to mix up your average meal. Smoked pork loin roast is a delicious meal that requires very little hands-on time, and tastes fabulous. Give this recipe a try today and see what you think about it!
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