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Miss in the Kitchen: Cinnamon Muffins and BBQ Dry Rubbed Roasted Pork Loin

I think I wake up everyday craving something sweet, and these cinnamon chip muffins were just the ticket with my morning coffee. Seriously, they are simple enough for weekday mornings or a great addition to your weekend brunch.

THREE INGREDIENT CINNAMON

CHIP MUFFINS 

1 can refrigerated Grands Crescent Roll Dough

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup cinnamon chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Unroll dough onto a clean surface and press seams together forming a rectangle. Sprinkle brown sugar evenly over dough and then sprinkle with cinnamon chips.

Starting with the long side, roll up and pinch the seam to seal. Cut into one to 1.5 inch slices and place in a greased muffin tin.

Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Carefully loosen from the muffin tin and serve immediately. 

I made a barbecue dry rub of brown sugar, salt, garlic, smoked paprika, dry mustard, pepper and ground espresso. It made a wonderful barbecue crust on the roasted pork loin with a slight smoky flavor. I almost always smother pork loin in barbecue sauce, but this time we just sliced it right off and devoured it.  It was tender, juicy and flavorful.

BARBECUE DRY RUBBED

ROASTED PORK LOIN

5-6 pound pork loin

1/2 cup brown sugar

2 teaspoons granulated garlic

1 teaspoon ground espresso

1 teaspoon Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard

1/2 teaspoon fresh ground pepper

12 oz beer (I used Bud Light, but any beer will work.)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

Add pork loin to roasting pan.

In a small bowl add brown sugar, espresso and all of the seasonings and mix until well combined. Rub all over pork loin, top, bottom and ends.

Pour beer into bottom of the roasting pan, but do not pour it over the pork.

Place in the oven and roast for 2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 145 degrees Fahrenheit.

Allow pork to rest at least 15 minutes before slicing.

Milisa Armstrong lives on a cattle ranch in Hugo, Okla. where she cooks, writes and raises a family. Visit her blog at missinthekitchen.com for more recipes