Grill with lid Large freezer bag Honing steel Instant-read meat thermometer
To prepare the brine, bring 6 cups water, the salt, sugar, peppercorns, garlic, thyme, bay leaves, and onion to a simmer in a medium pot over medium heat. Stir until the sugar and salt have completely dissolved. Remove from the heat and add the ice cubes to cool.
Place the pork loin in large freezer bag (or large plastic container with a lid). Pour the brine into the freezer bag, submerging the roast completely, seal, and set aside for 2 hours.
Preheat the grill and set up two zones-one hot for searing and another medium for cooking through.
Using the tip of a paring knife, pierce the casing of the sausage all over (this will ensure the flavor of the sausage goes into the pork as it cooks). Remove the pork from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels. Using a clean honing steel, poke a hole into the center of the loin lengthwise and work it all the way through so it creates a cavity. Insert the sausage into the cavity so that it sits neatly within the roast. Season the roast with salt, pepper, granulated garlic, paprika, and cumin.
Wipe down the grates of the grill with oil-blotted towels. Place the roast on the hot part of the grill and sear fat side down, 3 to 4 minutes, and then on each of the three other sides. Transfer the roast to the cooler part of the grill (indirect heat) and cook until the internal temperature hits 165 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, 45 to 55 minutes. Set the roast on a platter and tent with foil. Allow it to rest for 15 minutes before carving into thick slices. Served drizzled with juices from the platter and the Creole mustard.
Traditional Oven Cooking Method:
Pan-roast the pork by searing the roast on all four sides in a hot cast-iron pan over high heat, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer the pan to a preheated 350 degrees F oven and roast for 20 to 25 minutes, until cooked through to a temperature of 165 degrees F in the center. Rest the roast in the pan, then slice and serve with the pan juices and mustard.
Prep-Ahead Tip: Prepare and brine the pork loin the morning of. Drain it, pat it dry, and stuff with andouille before you transport it to your tailgate, so all you have to do on-site is unwrap it and grill it.
Copyright 2014 by Guy Fieri, by arrangement with HarperCollins Publishers