Sous Vide Cocoa & Spice Rubbed Pork Loin Steaks


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No matter the time of year, this quick & easy to assemble cocoa & spice rubbed pork loin steak recipe will transport you to more tropical climes, if only at your dinner table. Dressed in a mildly spicy, sweet, and savory pineapple-poblano sauce, you will just LOVE the tender & juicy results!
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Ingredients for 4

  • 1 1 - 1.5lb/450 - 680g pork loin, cut into 4 steaks (You could also substitute 4 4 - 6oz/113 - 170g pork chops up to 1"/2.5cm thickness)

  • 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 8 oz/235 g yellow or white onion, chopped

  • 3/4 oz/20 g poblano pepper, chopped finely

  • 2 Tablespoons avocado or olive oil

  • 14 oz/~400g canned pineapple


  • Step 1

    Set your Anova Precision Cooker to 145ºF/63ºC

  • Step 2

    Blend the dry spices well in a small mixing bowl and lay out the pork steaks or chops to air dry while you do so

  • Step 3

    Coat each steak or chop completely with the rub

  • Step 4

    Place the steaks or chops in a zip-locking bag, vacuum seal bag, or silicone pouch and place into the heated bath once you have released as much air as possible. Set the timer for 1 hour

    • For the Pineapple Poblano Sauce

    • Step 0

      Chop your onion roughly

    • Step 1

      Chop the poblano pepper finely

    • Step 2

      Combine onion, pepper, and a pinch salt in a saute pan with 2 Tablespoons avocado or olive oil over medium-high heat

    • Step 3

      Saute until caramelized and add pineapple. Cook until liquid is completely evaporated

    • Step 4

      Transfer mixture to a blender

    • Step 5

      Puree until smooth

    • Finishing Steps

    • Step 0

      Remove steaks/chops from the bath & drain on paper towels

    • Step 1

      Sear to get a nice, crispy crust

    • Step 2

      Let rest for a minute and then slice and serve with pineapple sauce - SO GOOD!

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