That's right...you only need 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep for this easy, healthy, and juicy Pork Loin Roast! It's a simple and wholesome dinner that will impress your friends and family -- with minimal effort on your part.
I'm not exaggerating when I say that the hardest part of this recipe is just remembering to marinate the pork in advance! And since you can leave the meat in your marinade for up to 3 days, you can just throw together the 4-ingredient pork loin roast when you get home from the grocery store and stash it in your fridge to cook later.
For any of my Central Virginia friends out there, you might be familiar with the pork loin roast at the Boar's Head Inn in Charlottesville. If not, let me give you a quick rundown since this ultimate southern dinner was inspired by a meal on the Boar's Head's menu.
The Boar's Head is a beautiful resort, situated at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, which prides itself on "warm and intimate ambiance and exceptional southern hospitality." I've enjoyed many, many meals in the Inn over the years, and the pork loin roast is definitely at the top of my list.
The restaurant serves sliced cider-marinated pork loin over grits, drizzled with homemade barbecue sauce, and often accompanied by fried apples and sautéed fresh green beans. I'm telling you -- this is a classic Virginia supper at its finest!
Since I'm not a professionally-trained chef, and since I don't have all day to spend in the kitchen to create one meal, I have simplified the Boar's Head's recipe to suit my lifestyle...and today I'm sharing it with you!
You truly only need 4 ingredients for the perfect pork loin roast:
- A 3-4 lb. boneless pork loin;
- Apple cider;
- and fresh rosemary.
The meat marinates for at least 12 hours (or up to 3 days), is browned in a cast iron skillet on all sides, and then goes into the oven for about 45 minutes. That's it!!!
The end result is a flavorful, cozy, and versatile pork entree that you can drizzle with your favorite store-bought barbecue sauce (or make your own sauce, like the Inn).
Serving suggestions to complete the perfect Pork Loin Roast
Try pairing the pork with any of the following easy sides:
- Southern Fried Apples
- Fried Cabbage with Apples and Onions (recipe coming to the blog soon!)
- Cornbread, Cheddar Biscuits with Chives and Bacon, or dinner rolls
- Grits or mashed potatoes
- Sautéed green beans or cooked collard greens
And if you have leftovers? We love the sliced pork served on biscuits with barbecue sauce for the perfect little lunch sandwiches.
I hope that you'll give this comfort food a try. It will satisfy your soul and it will make your home smell cozy and wonderful this season!
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4-Ingredient Pork Loin Roast
- 3-4 lb. boneless pork loin
- 5 cups apple cider
- 3 cloves minced garlic
- 5 sprigs fresh rosemary plus additional for garnish
- Salt and pepper to taste
- For serving: barbecue sauce
- Marinate pork loin in apple cider, garlic, and rosemary for at least 12 hours (or up to 3 days).
- Remove pork loin from marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Season liberally with salt and pepper.
- Discard marinade.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
- Heat about 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a 10- to 12-inch cast iron skillet or stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat until the oil is shimmering. Sear the pork on four sides (about 4-6 minutes per side), just until a nice golden-brown color develops and the meat releases easily from the pan. You don’t need to cook the meat all of the way through, since it will finish in the oven.
- Transfer the pork to the oven and roast for 45-60 minutes, or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork reads 145°F. Exact cooking time will vary depending on the size of your pork.
- Cover loosely with foil and allow the meat to rest for about 15-20 minutes.
- While the pork rests, warm your favorite barbecue sauce in a small saucepan over low heat.
- Slice the pork loin thinly, drizzle with sauce, and garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.