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President's Party Pork

Our president, Cam Heaps, has been known to host many a pig roast. This is a sure winner with him! Salvage the loin and proceed as follows:

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 425 F. Place the pork loin on a rack over a roasting pan and fill the bottom with an inch of beer. Season pork with salt and pepper. In a bowl, combine the orange juice, honey, soy sauce, sherry (or your substitute), hoisin sauce, black beans, five-spice powder and garlic. Mix well. Coat the pork with all of the paste, rubbing it in well. Place the oranges and watercress beside the pork loin but reserve a few segments and watercress sprigs for garnishing later on. Roast pork for 15 minutes, then reduce the heat to 325 F and cook for 45-55 minutes more, basting every 15-20 minutes with the juices in the pan. When the pork is cooked thoroughly (it should reach 165 degrees on a meat thermometer) remove it from the oven and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Resting keeps the juices inside the roast! Serve adorned with the extra watercress and mandarins or tangerines.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds boneless pork loin
  • 1 bottle of STEAM WHISTLE
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 C orange juice
  • 1/4 C honey
  • 3 T soy sauce
  • 3 T sherry (or use balsamic vinegar or rice vinegar if you don't have sherry on hand)
  • 2 T hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 C black beans, mashed
  • 2 T five spice powder (an Asian spice blend now widely available)
  • 4 cloves of chopped garlic
  • 4 mandarins or tangerines, peeled and segmented
  • 1/2 bunch watercress, stems removed