Grilling Perfection: A Delicious Charcoal Grilled Pork Roast

Charcoal Grilled Pork Roast

Ah, the joy of grilling! The sizzle of the coals, the aroma of the meat, and the anticipation of a mouthwatering feast. Today, we invite you to master the art of grilling with a decadent twist – the charcoal grilled pork roast.

When it comes to extravagant roasts bursting with flavor, the humble pork roast is often overlooked. But not anymore! This low-cost cut yearns for the spotlight. When grilled to perfection, it becomes incredibly tender, juicy, and a true delight for pork enthusiasts.

Sure, it may not be the extravagant smoked prime rib or the fancy smoked beef tenderloin, but this grilled pork loin recipe offers simplicity and affordability. It brings the family together for more than just special occasions; it makes every Sunday dinner feel like a celebration. And for those eager to test their grilling skills, this cut is the perfect canvas to learn the ins and outs of controlling airflow and mastering charcoal usage. Once you’ve mastered this recipe, you can impress with a bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin!

Discovering the Cut

A bone-in pork roast, hailing from the pig’s loin, is the star of this show. It is commonly found as boneless pork loin roast, pork loins, rack of pork, or sliced into pork chops. Like all ‘loins,’ it promises tenderness and leanness. However, be cautious not to overcook and dry out this cut when grilling.

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Ingredients for Grilling Greatness

This recipe not only delivers on simplicity but also minimizes the number of pantry staples you’ll need. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Bone-in pork roast (If unavailable, ask your local butcher or visit our recommended online meat vendors)
  • Salt and pepper (kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper work best)
  • Olive oil
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, and parsley)
  • Garlic cloves

Mastering the Grilled Pork Roast

Grilling this large cut of meat is surprisingly straightforward, making it an excellent choice for both novice and seasoned grillers. Let’s break it down:

  1. Start by unwrapping the roast and drying it with paper towels. If there are any unsightly bits or silverskin, carefully trim them away with a sharp knife.
  2. Liberally rub the roast with oil and generously season it with salt and pepper. Let it rest at room temperature for about 30 minutes while you prepare the grill.
  3. Prepare a 2-zone fire on the grill, ensuring you have a cool zone and a hot zone. Stack the coals on one side, creating indirect heat.
  4. Once the coals have reached about 70% ashed over, they are ready for action. If adding wood chunks for smoking, now is the time. Opt for hickory, oak, or apple wood to enhance the pork roast’s flavor.
  5. Clean and oil the grill grate to prevent the meat from sticking.
  6. In a small bowl, combine the minced herbs and create an herb crust by applying it to the roast.
  7. Place the roast on the cooler side of the grill, away from the open flame, and close the lid. Remember to check the roast regularly while keeping the lid closed as much as possible. Flipping the roast occasionally will ensure even cooking.
  8. Cook the pork roast until the internal temperature reaches 140 degrees F when measured away from the bone at the thickest part of the roast.
  9. Carefully remove the roast from the grill and let it rest, tented with aluminum foil, for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
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Charcoal Grilled Pork Roast

Serve thick slices of this succulent delight with your favorite BBQ sauce, a pan sage gravy, or even a delectable compound butter to elevate the flavors. The possibilities are endless!

Should You Try Grilling a Pork Roast?

Grilling a pork roast might not be for everyone, but if you’re up for a culinary adventure, the subtle smokiness from charcoal provides the perfect complement to pork. Plus, grilling expedites the cooking process, making it an ideal choice for those seeking a convenient, yet sensational, meal.

Here’s the clincher: a pork roast is not only delicious, it’s also incredibly affordable. In fact, it costs around $40 less than a prime rib! Its resilience in the face of grilling challenges makes it an excellent choice, especially for first-timers eager to try their hand at big roasts on the grill.

Expert Tips for Pork Grilling Success

  • Don’t overcook your pork roast. Pork is best enjoyed when cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Avoid cooking it to well-done as it may result in loss of flavor and moisture. Trust your instant-read digital thermometer to guide you.
  • Pork roasts are cheaper and easier to handle. Pork offers a stress-free grilling experience. It cooks faster than beef or lamb, and despite its lower fat content, it remains moist and flavorsome bite after bite.

Perfect Timing: How Long to Grill a Pork Roast?

Cooking times for your pork roast can vary based on its size and the grill’s temperature. As a general rule, aim for approximately 25 minutes per pound on a grill set at 325 to 350 degrees F. For instance, a 5-pound bone-in roast will take around 2 1/2 hours to cook through.

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Choosing the Best Pork Cuts for Roasting

While we love a bone-in rack of pork for grilling, there are other cuts suitable for roasting. Look for cuts with a nice fat layer to keep the meat moist during cooking. If bone-in pork roast isn’t readily available, consider a round of loin or belly. Don’t hesitate to consult your local butcher for fresh cuts, as they often prepare them on-demand. Remember, different cuts have different cooking times, so adjust accordingly.

Leftovers? No Problem!

Should you find yourself with delicious leftovers, fear not! Carefully wrap them in foil or store them in a resealable, airtight container, and refrigerate. Leftover pork roast can be reheated in the oven at 325 degrees F. For individual slices, reheat for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, while a full roast may take about 45 minutes to reheat.

Charcoal Grilled Pork Roast

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Now, let the grilling begin!

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