Notice that we have not limited this recipe to the “southeastern corner of Western North Carolina,” but rather have made a universal Carolina recipe.
This unusual marinated pork recipe is half jerky and half grilled pork. Don’t worry about exposing the meat to the air; the vinegar is acts as a high-acid preservative.
While this roast could be prepared in an oven, smoking it over apple and cherry wood adds another dimension of flavor to complement the peppercorn and mustard glaze. A boneless pork loin could also be substituted for the bone-in sirloin roast.
The County Line near Sandia Resort makes a very tasty smoked pork loin stuffed with chiles and cheese. They’re a two-day drive from my house so when I got the urge for the dish I hopped on the motorcycle and took the much shorter trip to the grocery store for a quicker take on it, via some thick end cut chops and a few select ingredients instead.
This pulled pork and cinnamon barbecue bean recipe takes a lot of time but the end result is well worth it.
Make friends with someone who has a big white peach tree in their yard. You won’t regret it.
My oldest daughter lives in southern New Hampshire and volunteers with her husband at one of the area ski resorts. This is one of her favorite winter recipes when coming home from the slopes on a cold winter night.