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OLD SOUTH COCA-COLA PORK LOIN

Tender, juicy, sweet as sunshine perfection! This old-fashioned pork roast will take you straight back to your childhood! All-day barbecues that brought the entire neighborhood over to one backyard on any given Saturday! Card tables covered with checkered tablecloths filled with bowl after bowl of salads of every kind, chips and homemade dips galore, and platters stacked high with anything and everything the designated hostess, and honored “grill master”, could toss onto racks over red hot coals !

Games of horseshoes, badminton, and croquet had everyone busy, laughing, and chatting about local news. And soft blankets and quilts layed out in the shade were sure to be found to plop down on when it was time to eat!

Ingredients:
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 cup Coca-Cola
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons oil
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
2 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon dry mustard
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon ginger
1 teaspoon thyme, crushed
5 pounds pork loin roast, boned & rolled

INSTRUCTIONS:

Combine all the ingredients except for the meat, to form a marinade. Set the pork roast in a plastic bag with a zip-type seal, pour in the marinade, and seal the bag. Set the plastic bag in a serving bowl large enough to steady the roast and keep the marinade ingredients from spreading away from the roast.

Let stand for 24 hours or overnight in the refrigerator, patting and turning the bag every few hours to ensure the meat marinates evenly. This helps the roast absorb the marinating liquids and creates a tender, juicy and flavorful roast.

Remove roast from marinade and discard the marinade. Place roast, fat side up, on rack in roasting pan. Insert roast meat thermometer so the bulb is centered in the thickest part. Do not add water. Do not cover. Roast in a slow 325 degree preheated oven until the thermometer registers to 175 degrees. Allow 30 to 40 minutes per pound for roasting, so for a 5-pound loin roast, you would be roasting for about 2-1 / 2 to 3 hours.

During the last 1/2 hour of cooking time, brush on the glaze. If you prefer, you can just as easily cook on the grill or in the smoker. Remove from the oven and out of the pan onto a platter; cover with a foil tent to seal steam and rest the meat 15 minutes before slicing and this results in a much juicier roast.