Grilling: Orange-Chipotle Pork Loin


Fire up your grill and get ready for some serious smoke.


[ Photographs: Joshua Bousel ]

Over the summer I attended a lunch showcasing highlights from the Brother Jimmy's BBQ cookbook from the NYC-based barbecue chain of the same name. Among the grilled goodies easily achievable by home cooks—like blackened catfish, marinated portobellos, and corn and black bean salad—there was an orange-chipotle pork loin that stood out, and it sounded perfect for fall grilling.

You marinate a pork loin in a simple but potent mixture of orange juice, olive oil, brown sugar, garlic, and chipotles. After an overnight soak, the marinade is poured out and reduced down with more orange juice to create finishing glaze and sauce.

This concentrated sauce is key, delivering a sweet, smoky, and spicy flavor that fully heightens the juicy but otherwise somewhat bland piece of lean pork. It's this orange and chipotle combo against a hearty piece of meat that feels seasonally apt to me, but it's such a great pairing that you won't regret trying it out anytime of the year.