Grilled Rack of Pork With Cabbage

  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 45 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 15 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 30 min
  • Yield: 8 servings
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Ingredients

1 6-pound center-cut rack of pork (not frenched)

Kosher salt

1 1/2 cups julienned carrots

1 1/2cups julienned peeled celery root

3/4 cup white wine vinegar

3 cloves garlic, smashed

1 jalapeno pepper, halved lengthwise

1 bay leaf

1 sprig fresh dill

1 tablespoon sugar

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 onion, finely chopped

1 small head green cabbage (about 2 pounds), shredded

1 cup hard cider

1 teaspoon whole-grain mustard

Directions

  1. Start a day ahead: Season the pork liberally with salt, cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Make the pickled vegetables a day ahead, too: Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add the carrots and celery root and cook until just wilted, about 1 minute. Drain and run under cold water. Bring the vinegar, garlic, jalapeno, bay leaf, dill, sugar, 1 tablespoon salt and 3/4 cup water to a boil in a saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the carrots and celery root. Let cool, then transfer the vegetables and liquid to a container and refrigerate overnight.
  3. The next day, make the cabbage: Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring, until softened, 5 minutes. Add the cabbage and cider and cook, stirring, until the cabbage is crisp-tender, 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Drain the pickled carrots and celery root; discard the garlic, jalapeno, bay leaf and dill. Add the pickled vegetables to the cabbage and cook 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, stir in the mustard and season with salt. Let cool.
  5. Remove the pork from the refrigerator and let stand 30 minutes. Preheat a grill to high and allow the grate to get hot (on a charcoal grill, spread the coals over half the grill; on a gas grill, preheat the burners on one side).
  6. Brush the pork with the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil. Grill directly over the heat, turning to sear on all sides, about 15 minutes. Move to the cooler side of the grill, cover and cook until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 145 degrees F, 45 minutes to 1 hour. Let the pork rest 5 to 10 minutes, then slice into chops and serve with the cabbage.
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