Have you tried making juicy and tender smoked pork loin at home? Smoked pork loin is a really delicious and super easy recipe. It’s a perfect recipe for parties, BBQ, or family dinners. The pork is coated with oil and an easy-to-make spice rub. It is then smoked for more than 2 hours.
Smoked pork loin is an affordable and easy-to-make recipe at home. The thin-cut slices of smoked pork are tender and juicy with an outer crisp of flavors from homemade spice-rub. It gets ready within 3 hours and you don’t need to worry about the pork drying out. Adding sauce can add more moisture and flavor to the pork.
To make smoked pork loin, poke small holes in the pork, grease it with olive oil or apple cider vinegar, and spread the spice-rub mixture all over the pork. Smoke the pork for about 2 ½ hours at 225oF until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 145oF. Cover it in foil and leave it to rest for about 15-20 minutes before slicing it thin.
Below are the step-by-step instructions to make smoked pork loin. Also, read the additional information in the notes. Have a look at the similar video provided down the recipe card. Don’t forget to rate the recipe if you like it. Also, save this recipe for later or some special occasion. But before getting the instructions, check out our other main course recipes below.
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Smoked Pork Loin Recipe
- Mixing Bowl
- 4 pounds Pork Loin Roast
- 1 oz Apple Cider Vinegar
- Olive Oil (as required)
- 1 oz Whiskey (optional)
Pork Loin Rub
- 1 tablespoon Brown Sugar
- 2 ½ teaspoons Salt
- 1 teaspoon Smoked Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- ½ teaspoon Onion Powder
- ½ teaspoon Garlic Powder
- ½ teaspoon Mustard Powder
- ½ teaspoon Chili Powder
- Black Pepper (as per taste)
- Make the spice rub by adding brown sugar, salt, smoked paprika, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, mustard powder, and chili powder into a bowl. You can add black pepper as per your taste. Mix them well.
- In a small glass, add apple cider vinegar and whiskey(optional).
- Poke a series of small holes on the outside of the roast using a sharp knife.
- Rub the pork loin with olive oil or apple cider vinegar all over its surface.
- Coat the spice rub on all over the surface of the pork loin.
- Smoke pork loin for about 2½ to 3 hours at 225°F. The roast should smoke until the internal temperature in the thickest part of the roast reaches 145°F.
- Cover the roast with foil and let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing it thin.
- Don’t worry if some of the spice-rub gets into crevices and the sears, it will be tastier.
- You can stuff garlic cloves in the pork by putting them into the holes poked on it. This adds flavor to the juicy interior of the pork loin. You should blanch cloves to soften them before putting them into the pork.
- Keep the water tray filled while smoking the pork to keep it tender and juicy.
- You can slice out the fat (or the silver skin) of the pork in case you don’t want it to be chewy.
- The vinegar added makes the meat flavorful and tender. The acid in vinegar breaks down the hard meat fibers.
- You can substitute vinegar with lemon juice to tenderize the pork.
- Place the pork fat side up while placing it in the roast pan. As the fat melts down, it bastes the pork loin as it cooks and protects it from drying out.
- The cooking time of the pork mainly varies according to the temperature at which you cook the pork.