Monday, July 28, 2014

Coffee Rubbed Pork Loin

It's been over five months and I'm not sure what I've been waiting for. I had the excuse of grad school for a while, and in March I started an internship with the city auditor's office where I've been following the local political scene to help shape our yearly strategic audit plan. It's a fun job and not too stressful, but it was a lot of work when I was trying to balance that with grad school. But I graduated in May. Overall I had a very good experience. I enjoyed the program, the school, felt like I had some terrific professors, and met some people that I hope to be friends with for decades to come. The only regret I have is that I didn't quite figure out what to do with my life. I would love to work at the state capital again for a legislator, but that's fun for five months every other year and then I'm afraid that I'll be bored for the better part of two years. The city is great, but it's not fast-paced enough for me. I'd like to do my own thing, but that's scary- and more importantly, I don't know what I would do.

Either way, it's nice to have a summer with nothing other than work. My girlfriend and I moved in together to a small house in a great location. We lived together last summer, so the transition hasn't been that hard on me and I really like living with her so far. We adopted a pit bull about a month ago and she's completely awesome. She's two and has never had an accident in our house, doesn't chew on our stuff (with the exception of one shirt of mine...), and she's really friendly to other dogs and people. She doesn't like cats (even though I do), but otherwise she's pretty great.

I digress. Of all the perks of moving into a house, probably the best is that I have a yard and am finally able to own a grill. I bought a nice Charbroil and try to use it as often as possible. Grilled Chicken? Obviously. Grilled Peaches? Hell yeah. Grilled Watermelon Salad from the New York Times? Delicious. Grilled Pork Loin? Oh, yeah.

This is a bit of a cop-out, but since I haven't blogged in so long, I want to keep it simple. I threw together a Pork Loin the other day and it turned out perfectly. I can't wait to make this again!

Grilled Pork Loin

1 lb. Grilled Pork Loin (I bought mine at Central Market for around $7. It's a little pricey, but good quality meat tastes so much better than the cheap stuff. It's worth every penny.)

Ground Coffee Beans
Smoked Paprika
Flaked Salt
Ground Pepper

All I did was create a quick rub with some Ground Coffee, Smoked Paprika, Flaked Salt, and Ground Pepper. I did this in the wax paper that the Pork Loin came in. I just rubbed it into the the meat and then threw it on the bottom rack of my grill, which was supposedly 650 degrees or so degrees. I let it sit for about five minutes and then rolled it so that the top side became the bottom side and let it cook for another five minutes or so. I should have kept track of the time, but I didn't. In the end, the meat was perfect; deliciously seasoned, perfectly pink on the inside, and cooked nicely on the outside. I cooked some Veggies and other things with it, but the meat stole the show. Also, I used some in Scrambled Eggs the next morning for Breakfast Tacos and they were world class!