After brining our Thanksgiving turkey, I was hooked on the method. This book includes several brining recipes for pork and I really wanted to give one a try. This was fantastic! If you love pork and intense flavor this recipe is for you! Think Bobby Flay. I just love Spanish flavors and this recipe really hits the mark. I had 2 plantains ripe on the counter and was excited to make Maduros (or fried plantains). There is a small Peruvian place in the Upper East Side of Manhattan (Pio Pio) that has the best maduros and chicken you will ever eat. Mine didn’t come out quite as good (but we still ate every last bite so you know this is good!) and I think it was because my oil wasn’t hot enough. I made a spicy slaw to serve with the pork as well.
Source: Bruce Aidells’s Complete Book of Pork; I recently got this book as a gift and it really is a go to book for pork. My changes are in green.
Spanish Style Brine
3 1/2 cups cold water
1/4 cup kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup sherry vinegar (red wine vinegar)
1 cup ice cubes
4 bone-in rib pork chops (about 3 pounds total) 1.5 pound pork tenderloin
1. Pour the water into a large bowl or plastic storage tub. Stir in the salt and continue stirring until the salt dissolves. Stir in the sugar and vinegar and continue stirring until they dissolve. Add the ice cubes and stir to chill the mixture down. It should be 45 F or colder on an instant-read thermometer. Add the pork, cover, and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours. Remove the pork and discard the brine. Pat dry with paper towels, and either proceed with the recipe or cover with plastic wrap. The pork can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 days before being cooked.
Spanish Style Rub
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons paprika
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon of chopped fresh thyme (1/2 teaspoon dried thyme)
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoons sherry vinegar (red wine vinegar)
1. Combine all above ingredients. Coat the brined pork generously on both sides with the rub. Set the chops aside while you prepare a grill.
2. I used a gas grill and cooked the pork uncovered high heat 3 minutes per side (6 minutes total) and then covered for an additional 10 minutes. Pork reached an internal temperature of 145 F and juices were no longer pink.
3. Slice pork and serve with spicy coleslaw, avocados, bell pepper, and maduros (below).
Maduros (Fried plantains)
2 ripe plantains (yellow with some black spotting)
1. Slice plantains on the bias.
2. Heat oil in a small saucepan until very hot. Oil should reach to top of plantains. Oil must be very hot or it will soak into the plantains while cooking. Cook plantains 4 minutes per side or until golden brown. Using slotted spoon, transfer to paper towel to drain.
4-5 cups precut slaw mix
1/2 cup low-fat mayo
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon white sugar
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1 teaspoon Frank’s hot sauce
salt & pepper
1. Combine first 6 ingredients. Add salt & pepper to taste. Serve immediately if you prefer a crunchy slaw or chill in refrigerator for a few hours.