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4-Ingredient Pork Loin Roast

You only need 4 ingredients and about 5 minutes of prep for this easy, tender, and juicy Pork Loin Roast!
Course Dinner
Cuisine Southern
Keyword boneless pork loin, pork loin, roasted pork loin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Marinating Time 12 hours
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 257kcal
Author Blair Lonergan


  • 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.


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 pork | Calories: 257kcal | Protein: 38g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 640mg | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.9mg