A pork roast is a great meal. You can feed a lot of people with a single cut of meat that is easy to prepare. It a great meat to put in the crockpot and have a tender and moist meal ready to go in the evening. This pork roast is delicious. It’s basted with a black tea reduction to keep it moist. While the recipe calls for baking it, the roast could also be cooked in a slow cooker crock pot with the glaze. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, you can brine the pork loin and then grill it (making sure to baste it with the glaze every 10 minutes). Brining the pork helps it to keep moist and tender when grilling. Another great thing about pork is that it is mild enough that something dark and full of flavor like this blackberry sweet tea sauce is perfect – it’s not overpowering but it adds a delicious flavor.

Sweet Tea Glazed Pork Loin

A wonderful way to serve pork loin with a new twist! The roast is kept moist by basting with a black tea glaze during cooking, then served with a delicious blackberry sweet tea glaze.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb pork loin roast
  • Glaze:
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 bags black tea
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Blackberry Sweet Tea Sauce:
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, diced
  • 2 cups blackberries, divided
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup tea reduction (reserved from glaze)
  • 2 Tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions

  1. For the glaze:
  2. Heat the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat, add the tea bags, thyme and zest. Steep for 30 minutes.
  4. Strain the tea mixture.
  5. Reduce the tea mixture over medium heat until only 1 cup remains. It’ll take about 30-35 minutes.
  6. Reserve 1/4 cup for the sweet tea sauce.
  7. While the tea mixture is reducing, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  8. Baste the pork roast with the tea glaze.
  9. Baste the pork every 10 minutes with the tea mixture while cooking.
  10. Bake for 30 – 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
  11. While the pork is baking, heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan.
  12. Saute the onion until soft, about 3 minutes.
  13. Add 1 cup blackberries, chicken broth and tea reduction.
  14. Simmer until the blackberries begin to soften, about 3 minutes.
  15. Whisk together the vinegar and cornstarch.
  16. Whisk the cornstarch mixture into the sauce and whisk until it begins to thicken.
  17. While whisking, squish the berries to help them break down.
  18. Add the remaining blackberries and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  19. Remove the pork from the oven and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.
  20. Serve topped with the Blackberry Sweet Tea Sauce.

Preparation time: 15 minute(s)

Cooking time: 1 hour(s)

Diet tags: High protein, Gluten free

Number of servings (yield): 8

Culinary tradition: USA (Southern)

Calories: 324

Fat: 14

Protein: 33

Entire recipe makes 8 servings
Serving size is about 4 oz pork roast with 3 Tbsp Blackberry Sweet Tea Glaze
Each serving = 9 Smart Points/8 Points
PER SERVING: 324 calories; 13g fat; 3.9g saturated fat; 18.3g carbohydrates; 7.9 g sugar; 33g protein; 2.7g fiber

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