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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.

Cider marinated pork loin roast

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.

Pork Loin Roast for an easy dinner recipe

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.

Oven roasted pork loin

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.

marinated pork roast with apple cider and rosemary

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!

Oven roasted pork loin in a cast iron skillet

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;
  • Garlic;
  • 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!!!

Boneless center cut pork loin roasted in the oven

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:

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!

Sliced oven roasted pork loin drizzled with barbecue sauce

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4-Ingredient Pork Loin Roast

5 from 2 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour 20 minutes
Marinating Time 12 hours
Total: 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 257 kcal
You only need 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep for this easy, tender, and juicy Pork Loin Roast!



  • 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.


Serving Suggestion: for a classic Virginia-style meal, try serving the pork like The Boar's Head does -- over grits, drizzled with homemade barbecue sauce, and accompanied by fried apples and sautéed fresh green beans!


Serving: 1/8 of the porkCalories: 257kcalProtein: 38gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 83mgPotassium: 640mgVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.9mg
Keyword: boneless pork loin, pork loin, roasted pork loin
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Southern
Author: Blair Lonergan

Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

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  1. Debbie Hill says:

    I made this for dinner last night. But I have quit buying pork loins and pork chops. So often they are tough. I now buy pork tenderloins for every recipe that calls for pork chops or loins. This recipe is great!! Everyone loved it. I served it with twice baked potatoes and my favorite crock pot green beans recipe. My daughter and granddaughters are here for the weekend from NC. Sallie and Mark couldn’t stay for dinner because it was Will’s bedtime but I sent her home with dinner for them to eat at home. I told her it was your recipe!! She also said it was really good.

    1. Blair says:

      Wonderful! So glad to hear that it was a hit, Debbie! Pork tenderloin is definitely our go-to, but it’s nice to mix it up with the larger loin sometimes, too! Hoping to see Sallie, Mark and Will next weekend!

  2. kim forbes says:

    Hi, what if you don’t have a cast iron skillet?

    1. Blair says:

      Hi, Kim! Any oven-safe skillet or dish will work. If you have a big skillet with a plastic handle, you can always wrap the handle in a thick layer of aluminum foil to make it oven-safe. 🙂

  3. Melisa says:

    5 stars
    We made this for New Year’s Day dinner and it was amazing. My husband even overcooked it and it was still good. Making it again tonight!!

    1. Blair says:

      Awesome! Lucky pork for New Year’s! 🙂 So glad that you enjoyed it. We love this one, too!

  4. Carol says:

    5 stars
    Do you have an easy recipe for pork tenderloin, which I hear is different . Love your blog. Carol smith.v

  5. Caro. Smith says:

    Help… I cannot make tender pork chops,they are always tough. Even with shake and bake,too tough. Id like to make a pork chop oven casserole. Please, any ideas.

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Hi! In my opinion, the key to tender pork chops (and any other perfectly cooked meat) is using a good meat thermometer. That way you always know when the meat reaches the perfect temperature and level of doneness. 🙂

  6. Shelia K. says:

    This is a recipe I want to make, I have an old seasoned cast iron skillet and plenty of fresh rosemary, and every thing the recipe calls for, and I will marinade the roast for 3 days, turning it every day. thank you for this recipe.

    1. Blair Lonergan says:

      Sounds perfect, Shelia! I hope you enjoy it!