Grilled Pork Rib Loin with Pear Salsa

Easter has always been a big deal for our family.  I cook a large meal, sometimes we go to mass 🙂 and my husband makes surprise Easter baskets for the children/adults, having done so for 35 years.  I guess this is the first Easter that he’s been absent and whining was heard.

In addition to his absence, the kids had made other plans for Easter with their partners, but our son was able to come up with his friend the weekend before Easter, as a substitute celebration and to check on me/eat.

From the age of 5, our son has loved room service.  In our travels we often stayed at hotels and because his bedtime was fairly early, we would order a room service meal of his choice, get him into his pajamas, turn on the TV and then go downstairs for some adult eating and drinking.  He loved/loves room service; the rolling cart with a white table cloth, the suited and always friendly server with his meals under silver domes.  Those days being long past, he now makes a lot of expensive home delivery orders of, I’m sure, the garbage food that you can get delivered.  When he does consider cooking home meals, he usually texts me for a recipe that he doesn’t use 😀  Probably hoping that I’ll drive up for 4 hours and cook it.  He has always lived in a romantic, partial dream world that I encouraged by allowing him to look at golden age musicals with me.  Oh well, we make mistakes 😀

Anyway, for just the 3 of us, I made a whole lot of food; an 8 bone grilled pork loin, pear and tomato salsa, a large macaroni and cheese,  herbed roasted parsnips and carrots and individual apple and pear crumbles for dessert.  All the leftovers were taken away as I had intended.  A hiatus, preventing me from being grossed out for a few days, thinking about what he’s eating.

Our son is a master carver!  If he ever gets married, maybe his wife will appreciate this, if she cooks 😀

Grilled Pork Rib Loin with Pear and Tomato Salsa

1 8 rib pork roast, gently poked all over with a fork

1/2 cup grainy mustard

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup melted butter

1-2 tbsp rosemary, chopped

3 garlic cloves, chopped

For the salsa

3 pears, peeled, cored and diced

1 shallot, chopped

1 large tomato, pulp and seeds removed, diced

1 handful each mint and cilantro leaves, chopped

1 long green, mild chilli, seeds removed and chopped

1/4 cup lime juice

1 tbsp sugar

Mix the mustard, honey, butter, rosemary and garlic together, then rub all over the roast.

Turn on all the gas burners on the grill and preheat to at least 450 F.  Turn off the burners on one side of the grill and place the roast on the flame-less side.  Put the top down and roast for 2 – 2 1/2 hours, basting  every 30 minutes with leftover mustard mixture.

For the salsa, mix all ingredients together and refrigerate.



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12 Responses to Grilled Pork Rib Loin with Pear Salsa

  1. I love the idea of pears for this dish. Definitely thinking outside the box. And pork pairs with so many fruits, very versatile.

  2. Rita says:

    Rosemary, I’ve not cooked pork loin much in the past and have been experimenting with pork loin and pork tenderloin cuts – all with disappointing results, usually just too dry and not very flavorful. I didn’t even know you can buy a bone-in pork loin. Will be looking for this my next trip to the grocers. Thanks!

  3. Laura McPherson says:

    Looks so wonderful! Thinking i have to come up with some omnivores to invite if I want to cook something that large … not easy these days!

  4. Pear salsa sounds amazing. I will try this next time I make pork for the family. You might be interested in our latest post on food recycling. Best wishes. Emma xx

  5. The pork loin looks fabulous. So tasty.

  6. Mad Dog says:

    That sounds delicious – I bet they really appreciate your cooking.

  7. I like the sound of that salsa. We’re having pork tomorrow. I might just give that a go…

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  9. ironskilletdiaries says:

    Looks delicious!!! I can’t wait to try it.

  10. Leif Price says:

    Never had pear salsa. Sound yummy and will give it a try on the next weekend.

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