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Ginger and Thyme–Brined Pork Loin

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro
Yield 8 servings (serving size: 3 ounces pork)
Marinating for a day in brine infuses the loin with subtle sweetness and makes the meat juicy.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup ginger preserves (such as Dundee)
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 (2-pound) boneless pork loin roast, trimmed
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon ginger preserves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme

Nutrition Information

  • calories 172
  • fat 6 g
  • satfat 2.1 g
  • monofat 2.7 g
  • polyfat 0.7 g
  • protein 24.8 g
  • carbohydrate 3.2 g
  • fiber 0.1 g
  • cholesterol 62 mg
  • iron 0.9 mg
  • sodium 396 mg
  • calcium 30 mg

How to Make It

  1. Combine first 4 ingredients in a large bowl, stirring with a whisk until salt dissolves. Pour thyme mixture into a large zip-top plastic bag. Add pork to bag; seal. Marinate in refrigerator 24 hours, turning occasionally.

  2. Preheat oven to 425°.

  3. Remove pork from bag; discard marinade. Pat pork dry with a paper towel. Rub pork with pepper. Place pork on the rack of a roasting pan coated with cooking spray. Combine 1 tablespoon preserves and 1 teaspoon thyme in a small bowl. Place rack with pork in pan. Bake at 425° for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 325° (do not remove pork from oven); bake 30 minutes. Brush preserves mixture over pork; bake an additional 5 minutes or until a thermometer registers 155° (slightly pink). Place pork on a platter; let stand 15 minutes before cutting into 1/2-inch slices.

Cook's Notes

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