Sunday, September 13, 2009

Cajun Pork Roast

Did you know that there is a National Pork Board? I wonder if they spend their time trying to advance the causes of pork by doing things like asking politicians not to use the term "pork barrel spending" because it's offensive. :)They don't of course. But they do put out some great pork recipes like this one. We've made this several times over the years, enough times to make a few mistakes and pick up a few pointers.

Cajun Pork Roast
Source: National Pork Board

2-pound pork loin roast
3 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons thyme
2 teaspoons oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

Combine all seasonings and rub well over all surfaces of roast. Place roast in shallow pan and roast in 350 degree F. oven for about 45 minutes, until internal temperature on a thermometer reads 150 degrees F. Remove roast from oven; let rest until temperature reaches 160 degrees F, about 10 minutes before slicing.

My tips and mistakes
  • Mistake: Once I was making cajun roast beef and this at the same time. I thought I'd just use the same rub for beef for the pork, instead of the one written above. It didn't taste near as good, in fact it tasted funny.
  • Mistake: I tried a reverse sear this time. I switched to direct heat when the roast had hit 145f internal so I could get a nice crust on it. I only had it on for 4-5 minutes and the temp shot way up to 155f plus, which is way too done for pork loins. Next time either skip it or start it at 130f.
  • Tip: This recipe works GREAT on the grill. Just cook it indirect at 350f.
  • Tip: Go heavy on applying the rub, more than you think.

  • Mistake: I tried making this recipe for cajun mustard. Holy mother of all things pungent, it tasted like someone punched me in the taste buds. I threw it out.
  • Tip: If you are slicing this roast for sandwiches, save about 2 teaspoons of the rub and mix it in with several tablespoons of plain mustard for a quick and tasty "cajun mustard".
  • Tip: Save money and buy whole pork loins. I got 4 meals worth of meat for the family for $10.81. It's the easiest piece of meat to process, no bones or anything to deal with. I cut mine in half. I cut one half into 1" thick boneless pork chops. The other half I cut into two roasts.
I had a good idea for presentation. Take a filling like stuffing or some of the Bayou Dirty Rice from yesterday's post and roll thin slices of the cajun pork around it and plate seam side down like an enchilada. Top with a simple gravy.Nothing really fancy but it's different from the same old slices of roast on a plate and the kids seemed to like it this way. We served it with the dirty rice and some maque choux.

16 comments:

  1. Nothing better than a grilled pork loin!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

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  2. You remind me of me- honest and still learning! Mustard is a critter to be used sparingly.. Crust is not as easy on meat as some lead you to believe! You are doing great- keep it up, and never lose your honesty about what didn't work! That is our common ground... Helping the World be a better place for ME to live..

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  3. Love the tips and mistakes! haha. I was kinda thinking some of that rub mixed in some mayo would make a great condiment for sandwiches (or course this is coming from someone who's not a huge fan of mustard)

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  4. I also love the tips and mistakes! Your pork roast sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I'll be trying this rub the next time I make pork. I really like the pork and stuffing enchilada idea...it looks so good.

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  6. The pork/stuffing enchilada is calling my name. I can't wait to try the dry rub the next time I make pork. Looks great Chris.

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  7. Hey Chris, thanks for coming by my blog. I like the looks of that rub, and the idea of using it in a mustard is intriguing. Got an idea for ribs now.

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  8. It's very hard to imagine that mustard can be too strong... but it's not to hard to imagine that there is some all might council of the pig somewhere controlling the bovine image because notice how hardly anyone calls it Swine Flu now. It's always H1P1 or whatever... Swine was so catchy (oops that was a pun!). GREG

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  9. Looks Awesome!! Great tip on buying whole pork loins. Whenever you can butcher the meat yourself, you are going to get a good deal.

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  10. Cooking is like that, some experiences are successful other not but...really the pork roast looks absolutely yummy!

    Cheers,

    Gera

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  11. Oh, I love roasted pork loin. I like to serve it with julienned, buttered, steamed ruttabaga and cranberries...a delicious fall meal.

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  12. Thought you'd get a kick out of this... an establishment I visit has asked me to make about 1-1/2 gallons of my chili dog sauce- must go unnamed as local food inspectors frown on this!

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  13. Everything looks fabulous Chris. Seems like you're on a Cajun kick! Maybe we'll throw down - lol!

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  14. Didnt anybody tell you I was on a diet?!?! Quit making me drool every time I come here Chris!

    "grr" (doing my best impression of Larry Tate)

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  15. Great looking roast! I don't do enough Cajun. Would that rub work on chicken as well?

    I'll second the tip on buying whole pork loins. When they were $1.79 a pound I walked out with one slung over each shoulder like a cave man. I do the same thing - half went on to become chops and the rest got cut into smaller roasts. Excellent value on a nice peice of meat.

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  16. Wow, this looks delicious! I bet the Spouse would really go for it.

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