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Royal barbecued pork loin
main courses | serves 12
"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," says Jamie. "The contrast is fantastic."
1. Trim the fat off the pork. To make a rub, bash all the spices together with a good pinch of salt and pepper in a pestle and mortar till fine (or use a blender). Muddle in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, rub the spice mix over the pork and marinate for 1 hour.
2. 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 5–10 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 45–60 minutes, turning every 5–10 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 72C inside. You don’t want it pink but please don’t cook the hell out of it.
3. 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.
4. For the salad, 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 a squeeze of lemon juice. Just before serving, pour on the olive oil, add the rest of the lemon juice and 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.
5. 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.
Per serving 375 cals, 17.9g fat (4.6g saturated), 37g protein, 15.3g carbs, 14.5g sugars
Recipe Jamie Oliver
Photo David Loftus
from Issue 29
ingredients• 2kg British skinless pork loin, off the bone
• 1 heaped tsp each fennel seeds, allspice berries, coriander seeds, grated nutmeg, smoked paprika and mustard powder
• Olive oil
• 240ml ketchup
• 40ml brown sauce
• 1 tsp Tabasco sauce
• 6 tbsp apple cider
• 6 tbsp apple juice
• 2 tsp english mustard
• 3 tbsp honey
Apple & beetroot salad
• 2 handfuls of mint, flat-leaf parsley, fennel tops or dill, and green or purple basil, finely sliced
• 200g beets, scrubbed
• 200g red cabbage, shredded
• 4 granny smith apples
• 2 chillies, finely sliced (optional)
• 75ml extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 juicy lemon