smoking pork loin

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by merrymanb, May 10, 2014.

  1. merrymanb

    merrymanb Fire Starter

    I will be smoking a 6.5 pound pork loin in a gas smoker withcherry wood chips. Any suggestions how long it should take to reach 145 in a 225 degrees smoker? I am some guests coming over and don't want to be late with dinner.
     
  2. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    IMHO you should cook pork loin at 300°-325°, cooking low and slow will dry out the lean meat of a pork loin.

    I usually cook 3 pound pieces of loin at 325°, they take 1 1/2 to 2 hours to reach 145° IT. I suspect your 6 pounder will take 2-3 hours at 325°, probably closer to 3 but you run the risk of being a bit dry. JM2C, YMMV.
     
  3. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You should be pretty close to the zone with 1hr/lb. It's been a while for me, but the last low & slow Loins I smoked and documented had three distinct differences from yours (215* chamber, bacon-wrapped, 160* I/T finish) and they were out @ 1.5hrs/lb. Give yourself a bit of wiggle room and maybe start 1 hour early...if equipped for it, you can foil-wrap and warm-hold @ ~140*, if it finishes early.

    Eric
     

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