Smoky Pork Loin with Pineapple Mango Salsa

 
 

 Smoky and spicy pork loin roasted and served with a very tropical pineapple and mango salsa!

Smoky rubbed pork loin roasted to perfection and served with a sweet and fresh pineapple mango salsa! www.lemonsforlulu.com

My mom is a phenomenal cook.  She has always had the amazing ability to throw things together to create meals that were extraordinary.  She rarely used a cook book, everything was in her head.  She was an intuitive home cook, she just knew how to make regular food taste good.

Each day, my mom would start her cooking process by mid afternoon so that dinner would be ready by the time my dad got home from work.  She was very old fashioned in that regard.  There was no eating on the run before or after my extra curricular activities.  We ate at 5:30 sharp and that was it.

Smoky rubbed pork loin roasted to perfection and served with a sweet and fresh pineapple mango salsa! www.lemonsforlulu.com

My mom would plate our meals and then she would sit there and watch us eat.  I always thought it was so odd.  She’d say she wasn’t hungry after all that cooking; dinner wasn’t quite as appetizing to her anymore.  We’d try to coerce her into eating with us by complimenting her on her food.  She’d always remark on how food tastes better when someone else does the cooking (I’d like to add that dishes look better when someone else washes them, but that is my own wishful thinking).

The rest of us would shrug our shoulders and chow down.  It wasn’t until I started cooking for my own family that I really understood my mom’s loss of appetite.  I’m the same way.  It’s worse having a food blog.  I taste my food as I cook or bake and by the time I sit down with my own family, I find I’m just not in the mood to eat what I cooked.  Besides all that, I’ve become extra critical of my food and often feel my food taste bland or even a tad bit unexciting.  I look to my family and friends to tell me otherwise.  I fear I’ve lost my sense of taste.

Smoky rubbed pork loin roasted to perfection and served with a sweet and fresh pineapple mango salsa! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Then I made this pork.  I suddenly found my taste buds came alive.  Maybe it was the heat from the pork’s spice rub or the sweetness from the pineapples and the mangos.  But for the first time in a long time I wanted to eat what I cooked.  I even wanted seconds!  In fact, I served my family less so I could have more!  Selfish?  Heck yes!  Did I care?  Heck no!

The pork was incredibly tender and juicy.  I was careful not to over cook it.  I wanted a little pink in the middle so that the pork (don’t be afraid of a little pink) would retain all it’s juice.  Cooking the pork on the stove top first allowed the spice rub to form a sort of crust around the pork.  Let your own tastes be the guide on this recipe.  It wasn’t too spicy (my kids can’t handle heat), so remember that as you make your own spice rub.  Regardless of how piquant you make your pork, the sweet pineapple and mango salsa will temper any heat.

Dinner is finally fun again!  I can’t wait for leftovers!

Smoky rubbed pork loin roasted to perfection and served with a sweet and fresh pineapple mango salsa! www.lemonsforlulu.com

Since we are talking about pork, I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk about the Ohio Pork Producers  hosting a “pin-it-to-win-it” contest on their website (www.ohiopork.org) March 24 – April 20th!  You could win $500 in groceries!  Be sure to enter here: http://www.ohiopork.org/pin-for-pork.aspx!

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Be sure to connect with Ohio Hog Farmers on Facebook!

 

Smoky rubbed pork loin roasted to perfection and served with a sweet and fresh pineapple mango salsa! www.lemonsforlulu.com

 

 

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Smoky Pork Loin with Pineapple Mango Salsa

Ingredients

    For the pork:
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Ancho Chile powder
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon Paprika
  • ½ tablespoon dried Thyme
  • 1 orange-zested
  • 1 3 lb pork loin roast-boneless
  • 3 tablespoon olive oil
  • For the Salsa
  • 2 mangos, diced
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple, diced
  • ¼ cup onion, chopped
  • 1/3 cup red peppers, diced
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 orange, juiced
  • 2 tablespoon cilantro, chopped

Instructions

  1. Combine first 9 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub over pork loin. Cover and refrigerate pork for 8 hours or over night.
  2. Let pork come to room temperature. Preheat oven to 400. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook pork roast for 2-3 minutes on each side. Lightly grease a wire rack. Place pork on rack in a roasting pan.
  3. Cook pork for 40-50 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 145 degrees. Let pork rest 10 minutes before slicing. Prepare salsa while pork rests.
  4. For the salsa, Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Serve immediately.
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27 Responses

  1. looks like a perfect pork loin!

  2. Hi Tanya! Your mom sounds a lot like mine! This pork loin looks amazing and I love to have a fresh new way to make pork.Thanks so much for sharing at Best of the Weekend and will be pinning! Hope you have a happy Saturday and a wonderful weekend!

  3. Oh my goodness… look at that beautiful dark smoky crust on that pork loin! Love this recipe and that #pinkpork! Thanks for sharing and participating!

  4. That recipe sounds great! Thank you for participating!

  5. Oh my… this looks heavenly! Look at that gorgeous #pinkpork! This is going on the “must make” recipe list. :)

  6. I totally ate a whole pineapple yesterday. And pineapple salsa is sooooooooooooo good with pork! This looks awesome Tanya! That rub is fantastic!

  7. Oh my goodness does this ever look amazing! Love it and checking it out from what’s cooking Wednesday! :-) Pinned!
    Cathy

  8. I can totally relate to the loss of appetite but (rightfully so) my kids think it’s ODD if I don’t eat! So I do….but it is rare that I’m super excited for the leftovers. I need to try this recipe!!

  9. This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing,
    Kelly

  10. Ooooo I love all the flavors in this recipe! I want to get excited about supper again! Right now I just feel like it’s another job!

  11. Wow!! What a fantastic way to eat pork!

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  15. We finally got a chance to make this and when hubby had his first taste you should have seen the look on his face. He expressed very strongly how much he loved the flavor! Hubs doesn’t really care about food for the most part he just eats to eat. He made sure he would get some leftovers today, which he normally doesn’t do. I loved it as well, but I wanted to tell you about my “neither here nor there” hubby felt about it. :D Definitely going in with our favorites!

  16. Lindsey

    This looks delicious! But, for the life of me I cannot get this recipe! I try clicking on the link and there is nothing there… Help!

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