Pink Peppercorn Sous Vide Pork Loin + Win a PicoBrew Beer Maker and Sous Vide Machine!

Pink Peppercorn Crusted Sous Vide Pork Loin with Caramelized Pan Sauce

I need to tell you about this, and then I’m going to give it to you. Imagine a Keurig, or a bread machine, but it makes beer. PERFECT beer, with just a few steps. It can even make an exact clone of a beer you already love, with just about 30 minutes of your time.

I got to test drive a PicoBrew for the past few weeks and it’s pretty fun, for those who love to get their hands dirty but fear failure. It’s not for everyone, obviously, nothing is.

It’s not a great fit for a hardcore homebrewer, although breweries use them quite a bit to test flavor combos. It also may not be for some who just wants to buy their beer and has no interest in how the sausage is made.

But for someone who has an interest in the process of brewing, wants to get their feet wet (figuratively but not literally), this is a great little machine. It’s also a great way to have a keg in your fridge of a beer that you can’t get.

The PicoPacks (the stuff you use to make the beer) are pretty exact replicas of beers from all over the country. Such good clones, in fact, that the breweries themselves have to make the PicoPack, taste test, and sign off on the authenticity of the flavors. You can also make your own, if you are so inclined.

And it does more than brew beer, it’s also a sous vide machine. Because I’m me (and I have a fridge stocked full of free beer and a curiosity on all things food related), I was hooked on the sous vide feature.

So easy, just fill it with water and push a couple of buttons and I had (literally) the best steak I’ve ever made.

The awesome people over at PicoBrew are letting me give one away. For you or for that beer lover on your gift list, enter below. Good luck, this thing is a lot of fun!

(USA addresses only)

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Pink Peppercorn Crusted Sous Vide Pork Loin with Caramelized Pan Sauce

Yield: 6 servings


  • 2 lbs pork loin
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • ¼ cup amber ale or Belgian ale
  • ¼ cup pink peppercorns
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 1teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Sprinkle the pork loin on all sides with salt. Add to a freezer safe Ziplock bag, add the beer. Seal the bag removing as much air as possible. This can be done by sealing the bag but leaving just the last inch unsealed and carefully rolling the bag and sealing as the liquid reaches to the top, or by sealing the bag but leaving just the last inch unsealed and slowly submerging the bag in water until the bag is submerged to just before the top, then sealing the last inch before remove from the water.
  2. Sous Vide according to manufactures instructions at 147° F for at 1 ½ hours and up to 3 hours.
  3. Remove loin from bag, reserve bag juices. Pat dry with paper towels or clean kitchen towels.
  4. Add the peppercorns, thyme and paprika to a clean, dry, plastic bag. Using a rolling pin or heavy pan, crush the peppercorns, add to a large plate.
  5. Roll the loin in the spices until well coated.
  6. Heat oil in large skillet until close to smoking. Roll the loin in the pan until the well seared.
  7. Remove the pan from heat, add the butter, stir until melted. Return to heat, add the liquid from the sous vide bag. Bring to a boil, boiling until thickened, stirring frequently. Strain the sauce into a pan, removing and discarding the solids.
  8. Slice the loin into 1-inch medallions, drizzle with sauce. Serve immediately.
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68 thoughts on “Pink Peppercorn Sous Vide Pork Loin + Win a PicoBrew Beer Maker and Sous Vide Machine!

  1. This sounds awesome! The recipe and the machine. I’m a home brewer and it would be fun to try new ideas.

  2. Is this where I leave a comment about wanting to enter to win the pico- sous vide contest? My husband is an owner of Bugnutty Brewing, I work in the kitchen at the taproom. I think this would be a great way to test small batches of yummy goodness!

  3. Why I want to win? I love beer and sous vide. I’d love a Pico-Brew as it is exactly what I am looking for in a homebrew system. It is hard to brew when you have a 3 year old running around! Plus this gives me a second machine for sous-vide! Made the best red meat via sous vide as well as some delicious pulled pork!

  4. I’ve been following your blog for over a year. I love your pictures, your commentary, and your recipes. You were one of the resources I used while studying for my Certified Cicerone® exam.

    I am already a home brewer, but I am currently working on scaling down my operation to a system that I can take on the road when my wife and I move into an RV full time in the near future. I think that the PicoBrew system would be a great tool for doing exactly that.

  5. What a great product! I know several beer-making enthusiasts who would love this. Thanks for offering it on your blog.

  6. I am hoping to win this for my son – as I am interested in what he could create with the sous vide feature.

  7. My family is huge craft beer brewers. I would like to win this so I can join them in brewing beer, it would give us something else to bond over. 🙂

    1. Also my family of chefs (and craft beer brewers) would be really impressed that this machine can also Sous Vide foods. It would be a great addition to our family dinners.

  8. Who doesn’t want a PicoBrew machine? I would love one for me. I live in the middle of Nebraska and craft beer offerings are limited.

  9. This looks amazing! I love craft beer and cooking! Winning this would be the greatest Christmas present!

  10. Love the Beeroness and her recipe and if you have a question about a recipe she will get back to you. Would love to win one of the brewing systems. Just ordered a fancy pressurized Growler from a company called Growlerwerks in Portland for my son and would probably use this with him as well to help fill that Growler.

  11. I already own a PICO. Love it. If I win this one it’ll be a gift to one of my sons. He brews the old way and this machine makes it so easy. So far I’ve brewed about a dozen different beers and only found one that didn’t fit me. I’ve shared a few out of every batch with some friends. Now I’m being asked all most daily when I’ll be making and sharing more beer.

  12. Well I was going to make my own sous vide contraption but this sounds better. And beer is always the icing on the cake!

  13. I am hoping to win because brewing beer is a career path that I would like to pivot to. I already brew beer with the standard homebrewing equipment but this would allow me to enjoy new brews in a much quicker fashion while I brew the old fashioned method in the background.

  14. This looks divine! Your food always looks so amazing. The hubby and I are also from the PNW (we’re down in Olympia), and I especially love reading your blog since it’s local. We recently started a blog about cooking with alcohol, so the PicoBrew would be huge!

  15. I would love to win this for my beer lovin husband – it’s been so long since he has been able to brew at home

  16. I’m way too deep into homebrewing for this to work for me to make beer but I’m very interested in it as a sous vide cooker. Thanks for the recipe and the write up on the Pico.

  17. This pork dish looks awesome; can’t wait to try it! I just made some creamy apple sauce with a saison and this would go fantastic with the pork! Oh and I’d love to win the PicoBrew, of course!

  18. I do all grain brewing of 11 gallons or more at a time. It would be nice to have something smaller and easier for quick batches, and less set up/clean up.

  19. I would love to try home-brewing and your description of the person the Pico machine is for fits me perfectly (dirty hands and a fear of failure, yup, that’s me!) And I could probably find a thing or 2 to sous vide!

  20. This recipe and this machine looks amazing! I never win these types of giveaways but fingers crossed Santa hooks me up this time 😉
    Love the blog love the recipes!!!

  21. I’ve been homebrewing for 3 years and my friend Steve was telling me about his sous vide cooking during our last visit. This machine seems like a cool combo.

  22. I would love to win this for my kilt wearing, Scotland loving, beer drinking awesome uncles. They can fight over which house it stays at.

  23. I want to win this for my friends who are home brewers. They need a happy surprise as both of their pets died this month.

  24. I entered hoping I could win it for my brother, they love them some fine beer. Im not much of a drinker but I was hoping to beable to try some

  25. My Son and Daughter entertain a lot and this would be the ideal center of attraction,as well as providing
    a delicious brew!

  26. First, I love your blog–best desserts ever! Second, I’d love to win this for my husband. We’re both huge beer lovers, and he’s definitely the cook in the family and would dig both products!

  27. I live overseas in a country where good beer is hard to find… man I would love one of these! (I have a US address, don’t worry!)

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