Grilled Pork with Macadamia Rice

June 2011
Grilled Pork with Macadamia Rice

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Makes: 8 servings

Prep: 20 mins

Grill: 1 hr 30 mins

Ingredients
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped cilantro leaves and stems
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 pork loin roast (8-rib), chine bone removed and rib bones frenched
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO
  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut, toasted
  • 2/3 cup salted, roasted macadamia nuts, chopped
Directions
  1. Using a small food processor, grind the cilantro, garlic and 1 tsp. salt into a coarse paste. Place the pork fat side up and cut 1-inch-deep slits in the fat, 1 inch apart. Rub the cilantro paste on the pork and into the slits; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle with the EVOO and let stand at room temperature.
  2. Preheat a grill to medium. Place a drip pan beneath the grate. Place the pork in the center over the drip pan, close the lid and cook until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center registers 135 degrees , about 1 1/2 hours (off the heat, the temperature will continue to rise). Transfer to a cutting board, tent with foil and let stand for 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, cover the rice with water and stir until the water becomes cloudy; drain and repeat twice. Return the rice to the saucepan and add 2 cups cold water and 1 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil, lower the heat, cover and simmer until tender, 15 minutes. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork and let stand, covered, for 10 minutes. Stir in the scallions, coconut and macadamia nuts; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Cut the roast into chops and serve with the rice.
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