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Grilled Tapenade Pork Loin

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This amazing grilled tapenade pork loin is wonderfully elegant and perfect for special occasions!

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What is tapenade?

Tapenade is a Mediterranean spread that’s made with pulverised olives, capers, and various herbs and spices. From there, olive oil is added to create the perfect consistency. This spread has a unique salty flavor.

Grilled tapenade pork loin is easily one of our favorite pork dishes. We find that making the tapenade from scratch allows us to tailor the flavor to suit our tastes. However, if you’re short on time or prefer the convenience of pre-made tapenade, go for 1 large (or 2 small jars) of store-bought tapenade. If making your own, it’s best to use pitted olives for this recipe. It will make the tapenade preparation much more efficient.

Pork Loin: We are using a pork loin for this recipe. This cut should not be confused with pork tenderloin. Pork loin is fairly mild in flavor, and when cooked properly, it is just as delicious as tenderloin. Pork loin is sold with or without the fat cap. If there is still has a fat cap intact, like this Korbuta Pork Loin, try scoring it before applying the herb crust. Pare the thickness of the fat down by half, then score (or crosshatch) what’s left behind.

Ingredients:

  • Pork loin roast, 2 1/2 pounds
  • Black olives (pitted)
  • Kalamata olives (pitted)
  • Non-pareil capers
  • Olive oil
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic
  • Dried oregano
  • Salt and black pepper
  • Onion powder
  • Dried marjoram
  • Allspice
  • Kitchen twine
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How to make grilled tapenade pork loin:

  • Preparing your grill: Set up a two-zone fire for indirect cooking.
  • Drain the olives and capers of brine. 
  • Blend the olives, capers, mustard, garlic, oregano, and black pepper in a food processor until smooth. Set aside.
  • Butterfly cut the pork loin and lay it flat on a large cutting board. 
  • Spread the tapenade mixture evenly over one side of the pork loin, then roll and tie it securely with kitchen twine.
  • Combine the herb crust and apply it to the surface of the tied roast. 
  • Place roast on the grill and cook for 1 ½ hours or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Since there is a filling, you’ll need to cook the roast well.
  • Remove the tapenade pork loin from the grill and let it rest for 5-10 minutes. 
  • Remove the kitchen twine, and slice the pork loin into 3/4-inch pieces. 
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Suggested Side Dishes:

Tapenade Stuffed Pork Loin

Grilled Tapenade Pork Loin

Grilled tapenade pork loin is one of the best holiday and special occasion pork dishes! Make the tapenade from scratch and savor the flavor!
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: pork loin
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings: 8 Servings
Calories: 131kcal
Author: Derrick Riches and Sabrina Baksh

Ingredients

  • 1 2 1/2 pound pork loin roast
  • 1 cup black olives pitted
  • 1 cup kalamata olives pitted
  • 2 Tbsp non-pareil capers
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 small garlic cloves roughly chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Herb crust:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice

Instructions

  • Preheat your grill and prepare for an indirect cook.
  • Drain olives and capers. If the olives contain pits, go ahead and remove them.
  • In a food processor, blend together the olives, capers, mustard, garlic, oregano, and black pepper, until smooth. Set aside.
  • Butterfly cut the pork loin and lay flat onto a large cutting board. Spread the tapenade mixture evenly over one side of the pork loin, then roll and tie it securely with kitchen twine.
  • Combine the herb crust ingredients and apply all over the surface of the tied roast. Place roast on grill and cook for 1 ½ hours, or until the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160 degrees F. Since there is a filling, you'll need to cook the roast to well done.
  • Once cooked, remove from grill, and let the grilled pork loin rest for 5-10 minutes. Using a sharp knife, slice into 3/4 inch pieces. Serve immediately with your favorite sides.

Notes

 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 131kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 960mg | Potassium: 39mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 150IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 35mg | Iron: 1mg

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