Pork Loin Roast

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This juicy pork roast recipe is a stunning main attraction to your next family dinner. It is a heart dinner for the entire family and pairs well with just about any side dish.

Roasted Pork Loin Ingredients

  • 3 pound pork loin roast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Pork Loin Roast Directions

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Keto Pork Loin Recipe

three slices of roast in front of the whole roast

This easy-to-make juicy keto pork loin roast is so delicious. It is packed with flavor and tastes incredible with just about any side dish, including these air-fryer brussels sprouts and keto green beans topped with crispy bacon. Pork loin roasts are also the perfect dishes to serve family-style at gatherings, potlucks, and of course, holiday dinners!

We seasoned this tender pork loin with paprika, garlic powder, and ground mustard that creates a wonderfully balanced flavor. This hearty pork loin roast makes for a delightful Sunday dinner meal to share with your family. It is a total crowd-pleaser since it is not only tasty but also filling. Be sure to keep your leftovers on hand to enjoy this keto pork loin roast later in the week. They will keep in the refrigerator for up to five days and two months in the freezer.

What is a Pork Loin Roast?

This savory cut of pork loin is considered a roast due to its large size. Pork loin roasts are sold with or without the bone. A boneless pork loin may not take as long to cook; however, the bone offers more flavor than the bonless pork loin. Additionally, it is typically a tender and lean cut that is sure to leave you feeling satisfied. If you need more fat with your meal, serve with a pat of butter on top or a side of creamy mashed cauliflower.

juicy slices of pork on a platter with greens

How to Cook a Pork Loin?

Cooking pork loin may seem complex, but trust me, this keto pork loin recipe is exceptionally straightforward. First, allow the pork roast plenty of time to defrost in the refrigerator before use. I recommend tossing it in the fridge the night before for the best results. Also, put the roast at room temperature for about 30 minutes before roasting. Once it is ready, assemble your seasoning and massage them into the pork loin evenly. This will create a savory and flavorful crust.

After your pork loin is seasoned, place it into your preheated oven for an hour. Then, take it out and allow the roast to rest for fifteen minutes before slicing to ensure the best taste. Lastly, drizzle the remaining drippings from the pan on top of your sliced roast for some additional moisture and flavor.

Pork Loin Roast vs Pork Tenderloin

While both hearty cuts of pork are delicious and located towards the back of the animal, there are several differences between the two cuts. Tenderloins are smaller and narrower than are made using the animal’s backbone muscles. As a result, pork tenderloins are quick and easy to make on the grill or frying pan at a high heat setting. On the other hand, pork loin roasts are best when slow-cooked to optimize the full flavor.

If you are looking for a pork tenderloin recipe, my marinated pork tenderloin recipe will hit the spot. It is made in the slow cooker for ease of cooking.

What Internal Temperature Should Pork Loin Reach?

The optimal internal temperature for pork loin roasts is 145 degrees Fahrenheit. If the pork roast is overcooked, it can become too dry or tough to eat. Be sure to allow at least five to ten minutes of rest time to ensure the best quality and flavor.

a whole pork roast on a white platter with slices of roast on the plate too and a fork

Tips for Making a Juicy Pork Loin

  • Cook the pork loin fat side up as this method will allow the fat to penetrate the meat while cooking.
    To have seasonings adhere, even more, score the top of the pork loin with your knife in an x shaped pattern.
  • Again, you do not have to cut very deeply, just enough to create grooves that the spices can sit in. This step is optional.
  • Feel free to add approximately one cup of water to the bottom of your baking sheet or roasting pan to avoid burning on the bottom of the pork roast.

How Long to Cook Per Pound

Pork loin roasts are much larger than tenderloins. Thus, the cooking process will take a bit longer. To prepare pork loin safely, the standard rule of thumb is to cook it for roughly twenty-five minutes per pound of the loin, assuming the roast is about three to four pounds.

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