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Home » Food » Dinner » Smoked Pork Loin in Belgian Ale
Smoked Pork Loin in Belgian Ale
By Peter Sheppard, The New Fermenting Gourmet

You can't go much more wrong than this! The Belgian Golden Strong Ale makes for a hearty marinade base for a simple set of flavorings. (As seen on BBQ with Bobby Flay)

Yield: 8-10 servings
5-6 lbscenter cut Boneless Pork Loin, cut into 1" chops
24 ozBelgian Strong Golden Ale (Bobby Flay shoot used Russian River Damnation)
2 TbspBrown Sugar
2 TspSea Salt
3 TbspGrape Seed Oil
3 TbspMalt Vinegar
1/4 cupchopped fresh Tarragon
6whole Allspice berries
several grindsPete's American BBQ Blend
BBQ Ingredients
15 lbsCharcoal Briquettes
5 lbsApplewood chunks
Fresh Rosemary Sprigs


In a shallow glass or ceramic casserole whisk together the beer, sugar, salt, oil, vinegar, tarragon, allspice berries, and several grinds of the All-American BBQ Blend.

Blend well and add the pork chops, massaging and turning them once in the marinade to coat well.

Cover and place in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 hours, turning once half way through.

Remove the meat about 30 minutes before putting on the barbeque to come up to room temperature.

BBQ Method

I use a large converted oil drum BBQ with a chimney vent. For a kettle BBQ you should use a smaller turkey.

Make a pile of charcoal on the left side of the BBQ, nearest the bottom vent and arrange the grill racks on the opposite side.

Insert the metal probe for the digital thermometer so that it is suspended over the area where the meat will be smoking.

Place a large heavy-duty aluminum hotel pan filled with water directly under the grill racks.

Light the coals and get them plenty hot.

Meantime, put the wood chunks on to soak, along with the rosemary sprigs.

When the coals are good and white spread them out flat, rearranging any black coals on top of the white ones.

Add about 1/2 of the wood chunks to the coals being careful not to put the fire out! Place the rosemary sprigs on top of the wood chunks.

Blow on the coals to get the smoke going and close up the lid, and open up the flue and chimney vent.

When the temperature inside of the BBQ reaches 200 F, open the top and arrange the pork pieces onto the grill rack. Close the top and start the smoking process.

Do not open the top unless absolutely necessary for at least 45 minutes.

Add more fresh coals and the other half of the wood after 45 minutes of smoking.

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