We were recently delighted to have Danielle Bennett at ThermoWorks for an event, and even more delighted to have the chance to shoot a video with her. You can see that video here:
This gorgeous presentation isn’t just a pretty face, either. All the extra surface area we introduce in braiding and bacon-wrapping the pork means there are more nooks and crannies for the marinade/wet rub to get into, delivering more flavor per mouthful than a simple herb-rubbed loin.
And you can follow her recipe for braided smoked pork loin below. As she says in the video, this is not an exact-science cook, so I’ve left some wiggle room in the measurements. The one place where you need to be precise is in the temperatures! Cooking your pork loin to feel or time will not give you the same quality results as cooking to temperature. Grab your Thermapen® ONE and take the pork out of the smoker between 140 and 145°F (60 and 63°C).
You’re going to love this!Print
Braided smoked pork loin from our video with Danielle Bennett.
- Boneless pork loin, 2.5–3 lb
- ~2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley
- ~2 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
- ~1 Tbsp chopped fresh thyme
- ~1 Tbsp lemon zest
- 2–4 Tbsp finely chopped garlic
- Salt and cracked black pepper to taste
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1.5 Tbsp dijon mustard
- 1/4–1/3 C olive oil
- 1.5 lb regular-cut (not thick-cut) bacon
- Preheat your smoker to 350°F (177°C).
- Make the herb rub by combining the herbs, garlic, zest, mustard, salt, and oil. Whisk together into a loose paste, adjusting consistency by adding more oil if needed, or more mustard or herbs if too thin.
- Cut any silver skin from the loin with a sharp knife.
- Also using a sharp knife, cut about 1″ in from the edge of the meat down the length of the pork loin, starting about 2″ from one end, all the way to the other end. Make an identical cut 1″ from the other edge.
- Wrap each of the three legs you’ve just created in bacon. Also, wrap the 2″ chunk at the connecting end in bacon.
- Braid the loin by crossing the right leg over the center leg, then the left leg over the center, then the right leg again, etc.
- Secure the legs together at the end with a skewer.
- Rub the braided loin with the herb marinade. Stuff it into cracks and crannies. Don’t skimp.
- Place the loin in your smoker and cook. If you’re using a leave-in probe thermometer, like Smoke X2™, insert the probe and set your meat-channel high-temp alarm for 140–145°F (60–63°C).
- Cook until the internal temperature reaches 140–145°F (60–63°C), about 34–45 minutes.
- Verify the internal temperature with your Thermapen ONE.
- Remove from heat and allow the roast to rest for 10 minutes.
- Slice it up and pile it high on your plate! Enjoy!