I’ve re-discovered pork. Truth is, I really didn’t know how to make it and it would turn out dry and tasteless. Once I found out how to use a rub to seal in the juices and follow up with a glaze, pork is now a family favorite. I wanted to try orange with chipotle to see how those two flavors would go together. No more wondering, it turned out better than I expected.
I started with a rub mix of Ground Chipotle, Sweet Paprika, Ground Coriander, Orange Peel, Salt and Sugar. If you have an orange on hand you can use the zest in place of the Orange Peel. I rarely have a fresh orange on hand so I used the Penzey’s Orange Peel. It smells just like a real orange and makes a great substitute.
Once you have your rub ingredients mixed together, rub it all over the roast covering all sides. Drizzle with olive oil and seal it in a storage bag and place in the refrigerator overnight.
The glaze consists of Orange Juice, Chipotle in Adobo, Honey, Garlic and Cilantro.
This is a very spicy glaze, and oh so good.
Since it’s summer and I can, I cooked the roast outdoors on the charcoal grill. I took approximately 30 minutes. When the thermometer read 140 degrees internally, I brushed on the glaze and let it caramelize for a minute or two. Once you’ve got that caramelized look, take it off the grill and let rest for 10 – 15 minutes.
Once you’ve sliced it, drizzle more of that Orange Chipotle glaze over each slice.
Orange Chipotle Pork
1 1/2 – 2 pound Pork roast or tenderloin
1 teaspoon Chipotle powder
1 teaspoon Sweet Hungarian Paprika
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Coriander
1/2 teaspoon Orange peel – Penzeys
Orange Chipotle Glaze
1 1/2 tablespoon Chipotle in Adobo, pulsed in a food processor
1/4 cup Honey
1/4 cup Orange juice
1 clove Garlic
3 tablespoon Cilantro, chopped
Pinch of salt
Mix Rub ingredients together except olive oil and rub all over the pork roast. Drizzle with olive oil and place in a plastic bag overnight or at least a couple hours.
Mix all the Chipotle glaze ingredients together and set aside.
Start coals in a charcoal grill to heat up. This will take approximately 30 minutes. Meanwhile get your pork out of the refrigerator and let it set to room temperature. Once the coals are white and ready to go, make a layer of coals and set the top grill farthest away from the heat.. Place the pork roast on the grill, cover and cook 7 – 8 minutes. Turn roast to cook on all sides 7 – 8 minutes. Check the internal temp with a meat thermometer. When it registers 140 degrees the roast is done. At this point generously mop some glaze on all sides of the roast. Leave just a minute or so so that the glaze starts to caramelize. Take off grill and let rest for 10 – 15 minutes before slicing. Add any additional glaze to taste.