Saturday in the city is one of life's great joys. An early start at one of the many farmers markets to pick up 30 lbs of pastured pork and grass-fed beef, followed by a detoxifying birthday celebration at Body Blitz spa, a rooftop BBQ and a 9:30pm bedtime makes this Saturday one of the best in recent memory. Waking up at 2am and feeling as though I've slept a full nights sleep and still sleeping for 5 more hours is pure bliss. I've removed the toxins from my food, so it only makes sense to detoxify my body at the spa, right? A day at the Body Blitz spa in the restorative waters was so luxurious and necessary for my weary toddler carrying body. My sweet cousin threw a mostly whole30 approved rooftop BBQ for the three whole30'ers attending - isn't that sweet? She brined the pork overnight in a salt solution to ensure maximum moistness and grilled it on skewers with red onion and pineapple, it was like having a Hawaiian pizza without all the bread!
brined pork & pineapple skewers
inspired by dame martha
1.25 lb pork loin roast, fat on, cut into 1.5 inch cubes
3 tbsp kosher salt
2 bay leaves
1 tbsp whole peppercorns
1 tbsp allspice berries
1 tbsp cumin seeds
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1.5 inch cubes
3 red onions, each cut into 1.5 inch pieces or sixths
kosher salt & fresh ground pepper
olive oil, drizzle
8 wooden skewers - soaked for an hour pre-skewering
To create brine, combine water, salt, bay leaves, peppercorns, allspice, cumin, garlic and 1/4 of the pineapple in a large container with a lid - stir and add pork. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for a minimum of 4 hours.
Next day, remove pork from brine and using pre-soaked skewers, thread pork, onions, and pineapple alternating until skewer is full. Repeat with all 8 skewers. Season with salt & pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
With BBQ at medium-high heat, grill skewers for about 12 minutes, ensuring pork is fully cooked. Turn every so often to prevent pineapple from sticking to the grill.
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lunch: nuts, apple, ginger tea at the spa dinner: pineapple pork skewers, chicken pepper skewers, veggie sticks, nuts