As many of you may know, I’m obsessed with cooking on an outdoor fire/grill/BBQ, so during the winter months I’m always looking for ways to recreate those same flavors indoors. YES I do brave the harsh Canadian winters and make use of my propane grill in the garage, but when temps hit below -40 C (with the windchill), iman not going outside. This recipe is a sort of tribute to Canada and the flavors of fall, while still delivering a unique Jamaican Jerk element.
1 pork loin (7-8lbs)
1 cup apple cider
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup maple syrup
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce
5-10 sprigs thyme
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 habanero pepper
1 large onion
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 large apples
1 cup bbq sauce (jerk or your fav)
Note: If doing this recipe gluten free, please go through the entire list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs. Especially the soy sauce. I usually use a homemade jerk bbq sauce which I shared on this website a while back, but this time I simply opted for my fav store-bough sauce.
Place all the ingredients (except the pork, apples and bbq sauce) in a blender (you may need to give everything a rough chop) and pulse. You can go with a smooth puree or leave it a bit chunky for a bit more texture.
The apple cider, habanero peppers (grown in my garden) as well as the pure (organic) Maple Syrup are the flavors of Canada I mentioned above (along with the apples I got at an orchard) . Trim, wash and pat the pork loin (NOT tenderloin) dry and place in a dish or large/strong zipper bag. Now pour all of the marinade over it and massage well. Cover and place in the fridge overnight or for at least 4 hours. I purposely left the sort of cap of fat on the loin I was using as it will help to keep the pork moist as the fat renders while roasting in the oven. Place the fat side up when roasting.
The next day pre-heat your oven to 375 F while you get the roasting pan ready. Cut the apples in 1/4’s and place on the bottom of the roasting pan, then add the marinated pork loin. Now pour all the marinade over it and place in the oven – middle rack.
Roast uncovered for 2 1/2 hrs, but be sure to baste every 20-30 minutes or so. Then cover with tinfoil and cook another hour at the same temperature.
Now it’s time to take it out of the oven and spoon out 90% off the liquid into a sauce pan. Place the pork loin uncovered in the oven for another 30-35 minutes to develop that rich caramelized color and taste. Do keep basting with the little liquid we left back.
Bring the liquid in the saucepan to a boil, add the BBQ sauce (your fav), then reduce to a simmer. We’re now trying to reduce this by half, to intensify the flavors and thicken it up a bit. It took about 30 minutes. By which time the pork can now come out of the oven. Rest it for about 20-25 minutes before cutting into it.
You can make an apple sauce out of the cooked apples, but I couldn’t be bothered. Those apples infused wonderful fruity flavors into this oven jerk pork and an amazing aroma throughout my house (basically it served it’s purpose). This jerk pork done in the oven with those subtle Canadian flavors will be another one of those recipes I share which will become a regular in your household.