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What ingredients do you need to cook pork loin?

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While varying by the cooking method and particular recipe, common ingredients used to cook a pork loin include oil, an acid, and herb or seasoning mixtures. Pork loin supports roasting, broiling, slow cooking, brining and grilling, and requires additions appropriate for those styles.

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Some ingredients form a crust during cooking that prevents the meat from drying out and intensifies the flavor. The Food Network provides a simple roasted recipe that entails searing the meat in 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, salt and pepper, and rubbing the pork with 2 tablespoons cider vinegar and dried mustard for roasting.

Other ingredients combine to create a marinade that performs a similar function. All Recipes suggests using 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar, 2 tablespoons steak seasoning rub and 1/2 cup olive oil as a marinade in its Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin recipe.

Brining uses supersaturated solutions of salt or sugar and liquids to increase the meat's moisture retention before roasting, smoking or grilling. A standard brine recipe uses 1 cup salt to each 1 gallon of water. Kosher salt contains less mass per volume, and should be increased to 1 1/2 cup per gallon. In any recipe, timing is critical, since over-brining leads to inedible pork. The meat also cooks faster after brining.

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