Pork Prime Rib

"To get a better piece of Pork, you'd have to be a pig"
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Prep Time 1 hour
Category Entree
Grill Used Kamado Joe
Cook Time 1 hour, 30 minutes
Meat Pork


6 quarts cold water, divided
1 1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup fine sea salt
8 large fresh thyme sprigs
6 Turkish bay leaves, crumbled
4 juniper berries*
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns
6- to 6 1/2-pound center-cut pork rib roast (8-bone; about 12 to 14 inches long), well-trimmed
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
2 teaspoons whole black peppercorns, crushed in mortar with pestle or in resealable plastic bag with mallet


For brine:
Combine 1 quart water and all remaining ingredients in medium saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring until sugar and salt dissolve. Pour brine into wide pot or container large enough to hold pork (3- to 4-gallon capacity). Add remaining 5 quarts cold water; stir to blend. Let stand until brine is cool to touch, about 1 hour. Place pork on work surface. Trim off all but 1/4-inch layer of fat from roast. Turn roast over so that rib bones point up. Using boning knife and starting where meat meets rib bones, gradually cut loin away from rack of bones, leaving 2 inches of meat attached to bones (do not cut meat off bones completely). Tie meat back onto bones with kitchen string at 2-inch intervals. Place roast in brine, submerging pork completely and weighing down with heavy pot if necessary. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 3 days.
Remove pork from brine; discard brine. Rinse pork under cold running water for 5 minutes to reduce saltiness; pat dry with paper towels. Place pork on rack set over sheet of foil; let stand at room temperature 2 hours.
Set up your Kamado Joe for indirect heat with the heat deflector in the lower position and a drip pan with Apple Juice or Cider. I like to supplement the lump with Peach or Apple and Cherry wood chunks. Preheat your Kamado Joe to 350?F.
. Place pork on rack in a V-Rack or directy on you cooking grate. Mix thyme and crushed peppercorns in small bowl; sprinkle mixture over pork. Roast until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 140F, about 1to 1 hours. Let roast rest 30 minutes (internal temperature of roast will increase 5 to 10 degrees).
Remove kitchen string from roast. Cut meat into slices and serve.

Submitted By: Andy Scalzo, Spooner, WI
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