Smokin’ Goodness: Traeger-Style Pork Loin Roast

pork loin on cutting board sliced

If you’re in the mood for a mouthwatering meal that will impress a crowd, look no further than this Traeger Smoked Pork Loin Roast. With just three simple ingredients, this juicy and tender piece of meat is sure to become a favorite. Whether you prefer a sweet or spicy flavor profile, you can easily make it your own.

The Magic of the Pellet Grill

Cooking on a pellet grill is a fantastic way to smoke meat without the guesswork. These grills maintain a steady temperature, allowing you to set it and forget it. Some may call it cheating, but we prefer to think of it as working smarter, not harder.

slice of juicy pork loin on serving fork

The Difference Between Pork Loin and Pork Tenderloin

Before we dive into the recipe, it’s important to understand the difference between pork loin and pork tenderloin. Pork tenderloin is a thin, smaller cut of meat that requires high heat and cooks quickly. On the other hand, pork loin is a thicker, longer cut that excels with slower cooking methods.

Low and Slow or High and Fast?

While cuts like shoulders or roasts benefit from low and slow cooking, pork loin doesn’t require the same treatment. Thanks to its tenderness and lack of connective tissue, it doesn’t need a lengthy cook time. However, starting with an hour of slow cooking on the pellet smoker is essential for infusing the meat with rich, smoky flavor.

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Seasoning the Pork Loin

To prepare the pork loin, start by removing any excess skin and fat. Trim the fat to about a 1/4 inch thickness, ensuring it retains some moisture during the cooking process. A stone ground mustard provides the perfect base for applying your favorite rub. Consider trying an Everything Rub for a sweet and spicy balance that will elevate the flavors.

Cooking the Pork Loin on the Traeger Grill

Preheat your Traeger pellet grill to 215°F while you season the pork loin. Once the grill is hot, place the pork loin on it and cook for one hour. Then, raise the temperature to 375°F and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches 140-145°F. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of the pork loin, so check the temperature at 1.5 hours to avoid overcooking. If pressed for time, you can raise the temperature to 400°F and still achieve a juicy, flavorful result.

Rest, Slice, and Enjoy

One crucial step that should never be skipped is letting the meat rest before slicing. Resting allows the juices to redistribute, resulting in a moister, more flavorful roast. Aim for at least 15 minutes of resting time, though 20-25 minutes is ideal.

Serving Suggestions

While a generous slather of BBQ sauce complements pork loin perfectly, you may find it doesn’t need any additional sauce. The rub provides a delightful blend of sweet and spicy flavors, and the meat itself is tender and flavorful. When slicing the pork loin, aim for thinner, 1/2-inch slices to ensure tenderness and allow guests to customize their portions.

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Sides That Shine

To complete your next cookout or picnic spread, consider serving these delectable sides alongside your Traeger pork loin roast:

  • Poppy Seed Grape Chicken Pasta Salad
  • Cheesy Corn Fritters
  • BBQ Baked Beans on the Grill
  • Smashed Potatoes
  • Spiralized Apple Cranberry Salad
  • Bleu Cheese Broccoli Slaw

Prepare yourself for a smokin’ good time with this Traeger Smoked Pork Loin Roast. With its simple preparation, captivating flavor, and moist, tender texture, it’s destined to become a favorite on your menu. Check out Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ for more mouthwatering recipes and grilling inspiration!