Royal barbecued pork loin

“Here you get the attitude of all those flavours on the outside of the pork – smoky, sweet, sour and spicy – with beautifully cooked, silky, untouched meat inside. The contrast is fantastic. ”


  • 1 heaped teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon allspice berries
  • 1 heaped teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1 heaped teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 heaped teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 heaped teaspoon mustard powder
  • olive oil
  • 2 kg higher-welfare skinless boneless pork loin
  • 240 ml ketchup
  • 40 ml brown sauce
  • 1 tesapoon Tabasco sauce
  • 6 tablespoons apple cider
  • 6 tablespoons fresh apple juice
  • 2 tesapoons English mustard
  • 3 tablespoons runny honey
  • 2 handfuls of fresh mint, flat-leaf parsley, fennel tops or dill
  • a few sprigs of green or purple basil
  • 200 g beetroot
  • 200 g red cabbage
  • 2 fresh red chillies , optional
  • 4 Granny Smith apples
  • 75 ml extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 juice lemon



To make a rub, bash all the spices together with a good pinch of sea salt and black pepper in a pestle and mortar till fine (or use a blender). Muddle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
Trim the fat off the pork, then rub the spice mix over the pork and marinate for 1 hour.
Light your barbecue and let it calm down. Make sure you’ve got your coals high on one side and low on the other for control.
Grill the pork for 5 to 10 minutes, using tongs to turn it till charred all over. Fat will render out, so keep it moving to avoid any flames.
Once it’s looking beautiful, move it to the cool side of the barbecue, cover with tin foil and cook for 45 to 60 minutes, turning every 5 to 10 minutes – you should get gnarly pork that’s beautifully cooked.

Check it by cutting in half and looking, or use a meat thermometer and stop when it reaches 72ºC inside – you don’t want it pink but please don’t cook the hell out of it.
Meanwhile, for the sauce, mix all the ingredients together. Taste it, and tweak the flavours until it tastes right for you.

Whatever vibe you’re going for, you want to go slightly too far as it will mellow when it cooks. You don’t have to, but it’s nice to put it on the heat for a couple of minutes to help it along.
For the salad, pick and finely slice all the herbs. Scrub the beetroot and shred the cabbage. Finely slice the chillies (if using).
Add the herbs to a large serving bowl. Thinly slice your beets and apples (core and all), then finely slice into matchsticks (a food processor will do a fine job).
Put these in the bowl, along with the chilli (if using), and add a squeeze of lemon juice.
Just before serving, pour on the extra virgin olive oil, squeeze over the rest of the lemon juice and add a good pinch of pepper. Toss it all together with your hands and have a taste. Add a pinch of salt if it needs it and toss again.

Brush half the sauce all over the pork so it’s shiny and dark, and cook for the final few minutes till it sizzles. Put it back on the hot side if it needs help to get sticky, but don’t let it burn.
Transfer to a nice board, drizzle over the rest of the sauce and carve at the table, to eat with your lovely salad.


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