Grilled Pork Loin with Blackberry Glaze Recipe

Grilled Pork Loin with Blackberry Glaze
Photo: Helen Norman; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Marian Cooper Cairns
Active
1 Hour, 40 Minutes
Total
2 Hours, 35 Minutes

Yield

Serves 8; Makes 2 1/2 cups Glaze

This elegant pork dish was created by the chefs at Blackberry Farm, an award-winning luxury hotel and resort in eastern Tennessee. “Bone-in pork rack is one of my favorite things ever,” says Cassidee Dabney, executive chef at The Barn at Blackberry Farm. “When you make the glaze, cook it down and strain out all the seeds so you have this sticky, unctuous mixture. When the pork fat hits it, it’s magic.”

Ingredients

Blackberry Glaze

  • 4 cups blackberries
  • 2 cups white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 6 thyme sprigs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper

Grilled Pork Loin

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (4 1/2-lb.) bone-in pork loin rack, frenched
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Hickory wood chunks or 1 split hickory log

How to Make

  1. Prepare the Blackberry Glaze: Stir together 4 cups blackberries, 2 cups white balsamic vinegar, 2 cups water, 1 cup granulated sugar, and 6 thyme sprigs in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high; reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until blackberries have broken down, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; cool 10 minutes. Remove and discard thyme sprigs. Transfer mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in lid (to avoid splatters). Process until smooth. Pour pureed mixture through a fine wire-mesh strainer; discard solids. Stir in 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt and 3/4 tsp. black pepper.
  2. Prepare the Grilled Pork Loin: Stir together rosemary, oil, and garlic; rub mixture all over pork, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat a charcoal grill to medium-high (about 450°F). When briquettes are covered in gray ash, push them to one side, and scatter hickory wood chunks over coals. Place pork, fat side down, on oiled grate directly over coals, and grill, covered, until browned, about 10 minutes. Turn pork, and move to side without coals. Grill pork, covered, 30 minutes, turning twice. Brush with 1/3 cup Blackberry Glaze, and grill, covered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of pork (away from bone) registers 145°F, about 25 minutes, turning and brushing with glaze twice. Remove pork from grill, and let rest about 10 minutes. Slice into chops, and serve immediately.