Spring is here…right? It seems like we’re still hovering between Winter & Spring but thankfully this recipe works well across both seasons. I’ve chosen to use a BBQ marinated pork loin here (it pairs so fantastically with the Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger) because I’m longing for consistently warm temperatures and sunshine, but you could play around with your marinade/beer combinations!

Beer Braised Pork Loin & Root Veggies

Serves 8.

Ingredients:

-1 pork loin (1-1.5 lbs)

-3 TBSP olive oil (enough for a thin coating on the bottom of your pan)

-2 cups of Jack’s Abby Smoke & Dagger (or your Black Lager of choice)

-3 cups of root vegetables of your choice (I used carrots here)

-Salt & Pepper

-1 tsp cornstarch mixed with 1 tsp warm water

 

 

Steps:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350
  2. Roughly chop your root veggies and set them aside
  3. Heat oil over medium high heat in an oven safe pan  (it needs to be a pan that can go from stovetop to the oven, I used my cast iron Dutch Oven). It should be so hot that if you allow a droplet of water to fall in it pops
  4. Add the pork loin
  5. Sear for 5 minutes on each side (if the meat is sticking, give it more time, it should easily release from the pan)
  6. Remove the pork from the pan and set aside
  7. Turn heat down to medium low, allow it to come to the lower temperature for a few minutes
  8. Add beer and whisk to release any bits of food stuck to the pan
  9. Add chopped root veggies and sprinkle with salt/pepper to taste
  10. Return pork loin to top
  11. Roast uncovered for 20-30 minutes (or until internal temperature reaches 145F at the thickest part)
  12. Remove from oven
  13. Remove pork & veggies and place on a serving platter,
  14. Whisk cornstarch/water mixture into the remaining sauce to make a pan gravy
  15. Drizzle over the top of the pork
  16. Enjoy!

 

I’ve chosen to serve this with a side of roasted smoky potato wedges, but a side salad or pasta salad would work great as well!

 

About the Author/Cook:

LipstickNLager is a native Vermonter now living (and enjoying the always-growing beer scene) in Boston. She once considered a career in culinary arts (and operated a small batch ice cream company out of her home), but instead keeps her days busy in the marketing industry and looks at cooking as a stress-reliever. You can find her great mix of food & beer photos on Instagram or Twitter as LipstickNLager.

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