- 1. 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, plus freshly ground black pepper, for seasoning
- 2. 6 whole cloves
- 3. 4 allspice berries
- 4. 3 juniper berries
- 5. 1/3 cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
- 6. 2 cups apple cider
- 7. 1/2 cup pure Grade A dark amber maple syrup
- 8. 1/3 cup Dark Brown Sugar
- 9. 6 garlic cloves, peeled
- 10. 6 thyme sprigs
- 11. Four 1 1/4-pound pork tenderloins
- 12. 1/4 cup canola oil
- In a medium saucepan, toast the 1 teaspoon of black peppercorns with the cloves, allspice and juniper over moderate heat until fragrant, 2 minutes.
- Add the 1/3 cup of salt and the apple cider, syrup, sugar, garlic and thyme to the saucepan and bring just to a simmer, stirring.
- Add 3 cups of cold water and pour the brine into a small roasting pan; let cool.
- Add the pork tenderloins, cover and refrigerate for 6 to 8 hours.
- Preheat the oven to 350°.
- Drain the pork, discarding the brine.
- Pat the pork dry and season lightly with salt and pepper.
- In a very large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the canola oil until shimmering.
- Add 2 of the pork tenderloins and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until browned all over, about 8 minutes.
- Transfer the pork to a rimmed baking sheet.
- Wipe out the skillet and repeat with the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil and 2 tenderloins.
- Transfer the pork to the oven and roast for about 18 minutes, turning twice, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 140°.
- Transfer the pork to a cutting board and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Slice the pork and serve.
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