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Spice-Brined Pork Roast

This brined and barbecued pork roast is unbelievable moist. Adding seasonings to the coals produces an awesome aroma that draws guests to the grill!—Lorraine Schroeder, Albany, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. + chilling Grill: 1-1/2 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings


  • 2 quarts water
  • 8 orange peel strips (1 to 3 inches)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 3 tablespoons fennel seed, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons whole peppercorns
  • 1 boneless rolled pork loin roast (4 pounds)


  • In a large saucepan, combine the first seven ingredients. Bring to a boil; cook and stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool to room temperature.
  • Place a large heavy-duty resealable plastic bag inside a second large resealable plastic bag; add pork. Carefully pour cooled brine into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 12-24 hours, turning several times. Strain brine; discard liquid and set aside seasonings.
  • Lightly grease the grill rack. Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Add reserved seasonings to coals. Place pork over drip pan and grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 1-1/2-2 hours or until a thermometer reads 160°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing.
Nutrition Facts
6 ounces cooked pork: 225 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 90mg cholesterol, 75mg sodium, 0 carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 35g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 6 lean meat.

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  • aspear
    Jul 15, 2012

    While the brining technique yielded a moist roast from our Rotisserie, the fennel was not the flavor we were seeking. Next time I plan to substitute the fennel for rosemary and glaze the meat with a sweet barbeque sauce.