Thursday, August 14, 2008

Herbed Hoosier Pork

Every year, Greg Rago of Nick's English Hut in Bloomington, IN, visits the Orange County HomeGrown Farmers Market for a Farm to Fork Demonstration. This year he made this really tasty pork on the grill. I've tried it at home twice using pork tenderloin and then pork chops. It's super easy. I've used the thyme and rosemary, as the recipe suggests, but I've also used fresh oregano and sage too. Any mixture of fresh herbs would be great! You can get locally raised pork at Lost River Market & Deli.

Note from Greg Rago:
Fresh herbs enhance the great flavor of local, all natural pork. Your favorite salad and grilled vegetables would make this a perfect summertime feast. If you notice my recipe has an internal temperature of 135°F. I like my pork medium- medium well. The Indiana Dept. of Health recommends an internal temperature of 145°F for 15 seconds. If you are elderly or have some health issues, by all means follow the state guidelines. There will be a 10 –15 degree carry over in the internal temperature of any cooked meat product.
Provide good but safe food for you, your family and friends, wash your hands and work surfaces thoroughly when handling raw proteins.

Fresh thyme and rosemary
Extra virgin olive oil
Sea salt or kosher salt (available @ Lost River Market & Deli)
Freshly ground pepper
Locally produced pork loin (available @ Lost River Market & Deli) (Pork tenderloin or pork chops would work too.)

Preheat and clean grill.
Clean and chop fresh herbs.
Rub pork with olive oil (Use a brush or wear rubber gloves and use your hands.)
Liberally rub salt, pepper and herbs onto pork.
Lay pork on the grill, fat side down, over direct heat (directly over coals).
When the fat has been rendered a bit, and a good, brown crust has formed on the grill side of the pork, turn and put over indirect heat (not directly over coals).
Cover grill and cook pork until it has reached an internal temperature of 135° F. Let the roast sit for at least 15 minutes or so before serving. If you like your pork well done cook to 155°F.

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