Sunday, March 1, 2009

Sweet Jack Pork Loin

1/4 cup bourbon
2 tablespoons molasses
1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 bay leaves, crushed
10 sprigs fresh thyme, coarsely chopped
6 sprigs fresh sage, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup olive or peanut oil

1. Combine the bourbon and molasses. Add the remaining ingredients and roll the pork in this marinade. Refrigerate 8 hours, or overnight, turning occasionally.
2. Remove the pork from the marinade, season with salt, and smoke over hickory, cherry, or applewood, basting with the marinade, for 15 to 20 minutes. The pork may then continue to cook on a smoker, be finished on a grill, or be roasted in a 350 degree oven until it reaches an internal temperature of 145 to 150 degrees. Remove from heat and rest the tenderloin for 10 minutes before slicing. This can be made ahead and refrigerated; bring to room temperature before serving.

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