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Vision 06-05-2013 12:27 PM

Pork Loin Question
 
What is the difference is quality between simply cooking a pork loin to 145-150, and cooking it to 160, wrapping it, then taking it to 200?

If you take it higher can you pull the meat?

Also, is a higher cooking temp best since it is so lean?

Thanks

DownHomeQue 06-05-2013 01:00 PM

if you take it to 180 plus you can pull it.. my folks like pulled pork that way.. they have health problems and have to stay away from boston butts and fattier meats.. i cook them that way for them.. most folks eat loins in slices.. Usually smoke them from 275-325 somewhere in there..

Ron_L 06-05-2013 02:29 PM

I've done it. It's not bad, but not the same texture as pulled pork from a butt. I much prefer loin cooked to 135-140 and then rested and sliced.

kwas68 06-05-2013 02:31 PM

Never brought loin that high. I agree with RonL. I like it with some fruity glaze made from something like apple jelly.

Vision 06-05-2013 02:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Ron_L (Post 2505130)
I've done it. It's not bad, but not the same texture as pulled pork from a butt. I much prefer loin cooked to 135-140 and then rested and sliced.

What temp do you smoke at Ron?

Ron_L 06-05-2013 02:40 PM

For loins I like 275-ish. It's a nice compromise between a nice smoke flavor and a decent color on the outside.

fingerlickin' 06-05-2013 04:29 PM

Not enough fat in a loin. It gets dry, it's edible with enough sauce, still tastes dry to me though.

I like to cook loins indirect on the kettle until they're about 135* then finish with a sear on the hot side.

Do yourself a favor and use foil hat rub on pork loin. It's awesome.

Vision 06-05-2013 05:50 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fingerlickin' (Post 2505263)
Do yourself a favor and use foil hat rub on pork loin. It's awesome.

I'd do it but can't bring myself to get all the ingredients. Wish someone would bottle the stuff.

Brian in Maine 06-05-2013 06:22 PM

I've smoke grilled many loins over the years, but the best ones by far that I have had have been brined.

cricky101 06-06-2013 03:51 PM

I usually slice into thick chops and grill over high heat these days. I've smoked them whole or in large roasts before and then sliced and they turn out good as long as they aren't overcooked, but I like the char on a nice grilled slab of meat.


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