1 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 1/2 cup water 3/4 cup molasses 3/4 cup soy sauce 1/2 cup ketchup 1/2 cup light brown sugar 1 tablespoon hot pepper sauce 2 1/2 pounds center-cut pork loin, or more, trimmed of excess fat
In a large bowl long enough to hold the pork, combine the vinegar, water, molasses, soy sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, and hot sauce.
Place the pork in the liquid, cover with foil, and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, as long as overnight, turning the pork occasionally.
Soak the wood chips in water for at least 30 minutes. Remove the pork from the brine and let it sit at room temperature while the chips soak.
Prepare a smoker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Or, if using a covered grill, arrange the coals on one side at the bottom of the grill and place a disposable foil pan half-filled with water on the empty side. Heat the coals. When they are hot, drain the wood chips and sprinkle a handful over the coals. When the coals and wood chips begin to smoke, place the pork on the rack over the drip pan (opposite the coals).
Cover the smoker and smoke the meat, rotating it on the rack once or twice, until it is slightly pink in the center (145 degrees on a meat thermometer). Smoking can take 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 hours. Add more coals and wood chips if necessary, maintaining a temperature inside the smoker from 225 to 250 degrees.
When the meat is cooked through, slice it thickly for serving.
Great in the smoker or just on the grill. The marinade is wonderful.
Jul 18, 2013
I don't have a smoker so I was happy to find a recipe like this that offered alternative instructions for cooking. The pork was terrific! Very tender and the flavor was fantastic. Will definitely be making this again.