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Old 04-08-2011, 09:25 AM   #16
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People are still squeamish about pink pork from the "old days", but the guidelines have been revised as Qdoc mentioned. I prefer cooking pork loin at 275 or higher. I feel that it get a better crust on the outside, but I've done them at 225 - 250 when it was more convenient. I shoot for an internal temp of 140 - 145 and then rest under a foil tent for 30 minutes. It should be 150 - 155 after the rest and that keeps it moist, but the center isn't pink for those who worry about that.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:27 AM   #17
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I cook mine at higher temp also, around 300-310.. If I cook at a temp between 225-235 the loin seems to get a rubbery texture to it. Higher temp puts a nice sear on it.
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Old 04-08-2011, 09:43 AM   #18
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I also cook mine at around 300, and take it to 140, pull and rest for half hour or so.

Another thing to watch out for with pork is the salt content of your rub/marinade. I've found if I use a salty marinade and let the loin sit for any length of time, the meat will develop a hammy flavor, which is not appealing for a pork loin. To avoid this, I only dry rub my loins right before tossing on the smoker. No marinades, unless I made one myself with no sodium.

Also avoid loins from places like walmart that are "enhanced" with solution, they're probably gonna taste hammy as well.
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Old 04-08-2011, 11:21 AM   #19
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Well last night I covered it with mustard and SM Sweet & Spicy rub. It's in the fridge and I'll be smoking it Saturday. We will see how it turns out. I appreciate all of the ideas and suggestions. I am going to smoke it with spare ribs so I will be cooking it at the 225-250 temp this time. Next time I will try cooking it around 300+. Thanks again for the tips!!
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