Brined Pork Roast with Port Wine Sauce


Brined Pork Roast with Port Wine Sauce

Prep Time: 50 Mins Cooking Time: 30 Mins Total Time: 1 Hour 20 Mins


  • 8 cups water
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 3 fresh sage sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seed
  • 1 tablespoon coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon whole peppercorns


  • 1 boneless whole pork loin roast (4 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons each minced fresh marjoram, rosemary, sage and thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup water


  • 1/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups port wine
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons cold water


  1. In a Dutch oven, combine the first 10 ingredients. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir until salt and sugar are dissolved. Remove from the heat; cool brine to room temperature.
  2. Place a 2-gallon resealable plastic bag inside a second resealable bag; add roast. Carefully pour cooled brine into bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible; seal bags and turn to coat. Place in a large bowl. Refrigerate for 18-24 hours, turning occasionally.
  3. Drain and discard brine; pat roast dry. In a small bowl, combine the oil, herbs and pepper; rub over pork. Place roast on a rack in a large shallow roasting pan. Pour water into pan. Bake at 350° for 1 hour 20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145°.
  4. For sauce, melt butter in a large saucepan. Add shallots; cook and stir until tender. Stir in wine and bay leaf. Bring to a boil; cook until liquid is reduced by half. Stir in the broth, vinegar and sugar. Cook, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes or until slightly thickened.
  5. Stir in the cream, thyme, salt, pepper and browning sauce if desired. Discard bay leaf. Combine cornstarch and water until smooth; gradually stir into the pan. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  6. Transfer roast to a serving platter. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Serve with sauce. Yield: 12 servings (2 cups sauce).