Sweet Tea-Cured Roast Pork

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Sweet Tea-Cured Roast Pork

Sweet Tea-Cured Roast Pork

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Marinate / Cure Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 2 hours 40 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cider vinegar, lemon tea bags, Orange Pekoe tea bags, rib pork roast
Servings: 8

Ingredients

Cured Pork

  • 16 bags Orange Pekoe tea
  • 2 quarts boiling water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup kosher salt
  • 1 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 lemons quartered
  • 4 1/2 pounds One 8-bone center rib pork roast trimmed of all visible fat (about 4 1/2 pounds)

Sweet Tea Rub

  • 3 tablespoons minced lemon zest
  • 3 tablespoons mint leaves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon mint leaves finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon thyme leaves finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves finely chopped
  • 5 bags lemon tea opened

Instructions

Cure the pork:

  • Steep the orange pekoe tea bags in the boiling water until the tea is very strong, about 8 minutes. Remove the tea bags and stir in the sugar, salt and cider vinegar until the sugar and salt are dissolved. Pour the tea into a large bowl, add the lemons and 2 quarts of ice water and let the tea cool completely. Add the pork roast; it should be entirely submerged in the brine. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 days.

Make the sweet tea rub:

  • Combine lemon zest, mint, thyme, and lemon tea in a small bowl. Remove the pork from the brine and pat dry. Set the roast, meaty side up, on a rack in a roasting pan and generously coat with the sweet tea rub. Let the roast stand at room temperature until it is no longer cold, about 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 375°. Roast the pork in the lower third of the oven for about 1 hour and 10 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of the roast registers 135°. Let the pork rest for 15 minutes. Carve the roast by cutting between the bones. Arrange the chops on a large platter and serve.

Notes

Times are approximate.
Nutritional values listed may vary from final results depending on actual measurements and brands used to prepare the recipe.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Tea-Cured Roast Pork
Amount per Serving
Calories
516
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
19
g
29
%
Saturated Fat
 
4
g
25
%
Trans Fat
 
0.1
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
2
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
98
mg
33
%
Sodium
 
14256
mg
620
%
Potassium
 
615
mg
18
%
Carbohydrates
 
51
g
17
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
50
g
56
%
Protein
 
34
g
68
%
Vitamin A
 
148
mcg
16
%
Vitamin C
 
5
mg
6
%
Calcium
 
73
mg
7
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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