Introduction to Rotisserie Cooking
The idea behind rotisserie cooking is simple and straightforward. You place your meat on the rotisseries, put it into your grill, turn on the heat and your rotisserie will do the rest. The rotation of your spit makes certain your meat browns evenly because all sides are exposed to heat for the same period of time. You will discover the outside of your meat sears quickly to lock all of the juices inside. There are two different methods you can use for rotisserie cooking as defined below.
Horizontal: The horizontal method is the most popular type of rotisserie cooking. If you have ever ordered rotisserie chicken at a restaurant, the chances are good it was cooked horizontally. This method enables you to keep the juices inside of your meat while cooking. Your meat will self-baste throughout the entire process.
Vertical: Vertical is a good method if you want the grease and fat to drain off your meat while rotating. Although this method is healthier, many experts believe the meat does not have as much flavor. Your meat will brown and cook evenly but with less fat and grease. If you have a vertical rotisserie, pour a marinade into your drip pan to steam your meat from the inside out during your entire rotation.
A lot of rotisserie grills include attachments such as vegetable skewers and fish baskets. This enables you to cook vegetables and fish fillets in addition to meats. Some of the best meats to cook using your rotisserie include pork, beef, chicken, lamb and turkey.
Cooking Your Rotisserie Pork Loin
The first step is making certain you have all of the equipment and ingredients necessary. The equipment you will need is:
- A grill with a rotisserie attachment
- Butchers twine
- Instant read thermometer
- An aluminum foil drip pan or an enameled steel roasting pan
- Basting brush
Pro Tip: To add extra flavor to your pork loin roast, tie the stems of a few rosemary sprigs and a bunch of thyme together. You can use this instead of a traditional basting brush.
Pork loin is an extremely flavorful cut of meat. Your pork loin roast is also lean, so you need to take the right care of your meat to prevent your pork from drying out. You will find this is much easier to do with a rotisserie because you will be drawing the tenderness and juiciness out of your pork without sacrificing any of the delicious flavors. The ingredients you will need for your pork are:
- One boneless pork loin (four to four and one-half pounds)
- 12 garlic cloves (medium)
- Two tablespoons fresh lime juice (approximately two medium limes)
- One-third cup fresh orange juice (approximately one medium orange)
- Two tablespoons oregano (dried)
- One tablespoon and one teaspoon ground cumin
- Two tablespoons olive oil
- One teaspoon black pepper (freshly ground)
- Two tablespoons kosher salt
For your vegetables you will need:
- Two quartered white onions (medium)
- Four halved, seeded and cored red bell peppers (medium)
- One tablespoon olive oil
- Black pepper (freshly ground)
- Kosher salt
Preparing Your Rotisserie Pork Loin
Step One: Combine all of the ingredients for your pork except your pork loin roast in a blender. Blend everything until smooth, then set your mixture aside.
Step Two: Cut six pieces of butcher’s twine into 16-inch lengths.
Step Three: Place your pork loin on a cutting board to butterfly. Slice your pork lengthwise, going down the center. You want to cut almost but not all of the way through your pork. You should leave approximately three-quarters to one inch of your pork’s thickness intact.
Step Four: Open up your pork loin roast like you would a book and push down on the meat until flat.
Step Five: Place the blade of you knife on the left side of your meat with your blade facing to the left and parallel to your cutting board. Cut down the entire seam. Leave between three-quarters and one inch of the thickness of your pork intact.
Step Six: Pull open your pork loin and press downwards until fairly flat. Keep cutting and flattening your pork until the left side is between three-quarters and one inch thick. Rotate your pork loin and do the same thing for the right side.
Step Seven: Turn over your pork with the cut side facing down. Use your hands to rub half of your mixture into the top of your pork. Turn your pork over and use the rest of your mixture on the other side.
Step Eight: Beginning on the right side, roll your pork loin roast into a tight cylinder. Use the butcher twine you cut to tie your pork crosswise. Space your twine one to one and one-half inches apart. Cut off any extra twine.
Step Nine: Place your pork loin into a baking sheet. Use plastic wrap to cover your meat. Put your pork into your refrigerator for two hours to marinate.
Cooking Your Rotisserie Pork Loin and Vegetables
Step One: Remove your rotisserie spit and fork prongs from your grill. Turn your rotisserie burners on. Do not turn on your middle burner. Your right and left burners need to be on medium. Wait until your grill reaches a temperature of 350 to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Pro Tip: This is an excellent time to prepare your vegetables and load your pork loin onto your spit.
Step Two: Slide your pronged fork onto your spit. Make certain your tines are facing inwards. Set it approximately 10 inches from the end, then tighten your fork halfway. You will slide your spit lengthwise through the middle of your pork. Push your pork loin until it is embedded firmly on your tines. Attach your second pronged fork, making certain your tine faces inward. Slide it downwards until firmly embedded in your meat. Adjust your forks until your meat is centered on your spit then tighten both of your forks.
Step Three: Use aluminum foil to rim your baking sheet. Put your onions and bell peppers on your baking sheet, then drizzle with your olive oil and season using kosher salt and pepper. Toss your vegetables until everything is mixed together. Set your vegetables aside.
Step Four: When your grill reaches the desired temperature, use the pointed end of your spit for loading onto your rotisserie motor. Your vegetable sheet is placed right onto your grill under your rotisserie pork loin. Turn on the motor for your rotisserie, cover your grill and cook your vegetables. Stir every 30 minutes until your thermometer reads 145 degrees Fahrenheit when inserted into the middle of your pork. This will require one to one and one-half hours.
Step Five: Turn off the motor for your rotisserie, your grill burners and rotisserie burners. Remove the spit carefully using oven mitts or potholders. Place your spit onto a cutting board, then loosen your forks. Take your pork loin off the spit, then take out your forks.
Step Six: Use aluminum foil to loosely tent your pork. Let your meat sit for roughly ten minutes. Take your vegetable tray off your grill and cover using aluminum foil.
Step Seven: Remove and discard your twine from your pork roast. Cut your pork into slices one-half inch thick. Serve with your vegetables.
Pro Tip: If you intend to freeze any of your pork loins, wrap your meat in either aluminum foil or waxed paper then seal everything in a heavy-duty plastic bag made for the freezer. Make certain your pork is wrapped tightly to prevent any air from escaping. Freeze pork at zero degrees Fahrenheit. Your fresh pork can be frozen for as long as six months. Ground pork needs to be eaten within three months.
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Rotisserie Pork Loin
Three Ways to Keep a Loin Moist
Pro Tips: Do not cook your pork after the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Purchase an enhanced pork loin as opposed to processed pork for a better cut of meat. Your pork will be more tender and a lot juicier. We recommend purchasing pork from a butcher as opposed to a traditional grocery store. When you inject your pork loin with a marinade instead of soaking your pork, you will add extra flavor to your meat. A five-pound pork loin holds roughly 10 ounces of the marinade. Always allow your pork to rest for a couple of hours to enable equal distribution of your marinade.
The Ideal Sides for Your Rotisserie Pork Loin
- Potatoes au gratin with bacon and cheese
- Broccoli salad
- Kale and fig salad
- Quinoa salad with butternut squash. arugula and citrus vinaigrette
- Carrot salad
- Baked macaroni and cheese
- Bacon and apple slaw
- Lentil salad
- Jalapeno slaw
- Roasted Brussels sprouts
- Roasted potatoes with gravy and rosemary
Serve your pork with iced tea, beer or apple juice to bring out the flavor.
Your Tantalizing Rotisserie Pork Loin
We hope you enjoyed your tender, juicy pork loin. The recipe is excellent for everything from a casual family dinner to entertaining special guests. All you need to do for a perfect rotisserie pork loin is follow the steps. Bon Appetite.