Active Time
30 MIN
Total Time
1 HR 45 MIN
Yield
Serves : 10
© Michael Turek

How to Make It

Step 1    

In a large pot, toast all of the spices over moderately high heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the water, salt, brown sugar and bay leaves and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve the salt and sugar. Pour the brine into a large roasting pan and let cool to room temperature. Put the pork roast in the brine, meaty side down. Cover the roasting pan and refrigerate overnight. Bring the pork roast to room temperature in the brine before roasting.

Step 2    

Preheat the oven to 350°. Set the pork roast on a large rimmed baking sheet, meaty side up. Roast the pork in the upper third of the oven for about 1 hour and 15 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 145°. Transfer the roast to a carving board; let rest for 15 minutes.

Step 3    

Using a small, sharp knife, peel the red grapefruit, removing all of the bitter white pith. Working over a large bowl, cut in between the membranes, releasing the grapefruit sections into the bowl.

Step 4    

In a small bowl, combine the orange juice, red wine vinegar, olive oil and honey; season the dressing with salt and pepper. Add the sliced fennel and red onion to the grapefruit sections in the large bowl.

Step 5    

Carve the pork roast into chops and transfer to plates. Toss the fennel salad with the dressing, mound the salad alongside the chops and serve.

Suggested Pairing

The first impulse might be to pair this roast pork loin with a red wine, but Michael Kwas, wine director at L'Etoile, prefers to serve it with a vibrant white wine like an Albariño. The wine has enough acidity to cut through the richness of the meat and also goes nicely with the citrusy fennel salad.

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