Simple Boneless Pork Roast
A simple method for baking a boneless pork roast that turns out juicy, tender, and bursting with flavor.
The process is straightforward: simply rub the meat with spices and roast it in the oven until the exterior is browned and crispy and the interior is juicy and tender. It's cheap, quick, and delicious.
Dinner roasts are one of my favorite things to cook. Such dishes, like this ground beef casserole, make it easy to feed a large number of people with relatively little effort. They practically make themselves ready to eat
When it comes to pork, I do like making baked pork chops, but I have to admit that this tasty roast is much easier to make The meat is seasoned with a rub and baked until an internal temperature of 145 degrees is reached.Jump to:
Simple and delicious, this main dish requires only a handful of pantry staples to put together. In the recipe card to your right, you'll find the exact proportions. What follows is a rundown of the essentials:
I'm a huge fan of olive oil and use it in my cooking all the time, so I was thrilled to learn about However, if you are concerned about its low smoke point, you can substitute avocado oil.
Kosher salt and black pepper: if you're using fine salt, you may want to cut back on the amount you use so the roast doesn't turn out too salty.
Seasoning-wise, I favor a blend of garlic powder, paprika, dried sage, and dried thyme. For this recipe, I find that garlic powder works better than minced fresh garlic because it coats the meat more uniformly.
My go-to is a three-pound package of boneless pork shoulder. one My go-to places for these are Whole Foods and the grocery store down the street.
The pork roast is the simplest of all roasts to prepare. For complete directions, see the recipe card below. The fundamentals are as follows:
In a bowl, combine the kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, sage, and thyme to make the spice blend.
The next step is to coat the pork with the spice mixture. Apply some olive oil spray liberally to the top.
Fifteen minutes at 425 degrees Fahrenheit, then 75 minutes at 375 degrees Fahrenheit to reach an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit. It will have a lovely brown color when it's finished cooking.
Twenty minutes of rest time is recommended before serving.The USDA recommends letting meats be slightly pink inside, but cooking them to your liking.
It's crucial to let the finished roast rest for at least 20 minutes before cutting into it. As a result, the juices can redistribute and settle.
When the roast is cut into too soon, the delicious juices evaporate, leaving the meat dry and lacking in flavor.
Questions that usually arise
Approximately 25 minutes per pound of roast should be cooked after the initial browning phase, which takes about 15 minutes. It's important to note that this is only a guess.
When cooking a roast, it is essential to use an internal meat thermometer (like this one) to determine when the meat is done. No other method can guarantee that the meat will be cooked through.
This is especially crucial when cooking pork, which should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 145 degrees (medium).
When I buy pork, I usually opt for a 3-pound shoulder. Simply adjust the roast's cooking time based on its size. If the top is getting too dark, tent it loosely with foil.
No After years of recommending 160 degrees (resulting in dry, tough, completely white meat) for whole pork cuts, the USDA lowered their recommendation to 145 degrees (resulting in juicy, slightly pink meat in the center) with a 3-minute rest period in 2011.
This means that even at 145 degrees, a pork cut may appear pink. The USDA approves of that.
Many of us have been conditioned to believe that pork should turn white when cooked, so this is a challenging concept to grasp. But this is a welcome shift, as meat cooked to medium is juicy and flavorful while well-done meat is tough and dry.
No You shouldn't cover it because you want it to get nice and browned. But if your roast is particularly large and the top is browning too quickly before the inside is done, tent it loosely with foil.
A boneless roast is more convenient for me when it comes to serving time. The one drawback is that there won't be any leftover bones to make soup with.
Spices are the best way to play around with this recipe. Onion powder, dried oregano, ground cumin, and ground mustard seeds are excellent options.
If you can find a spray bottle of ghee oil, you can use that instead of olive oil to coat the pork. Tastes great.
Suggestions for Serving
Since pork roast is already so laden with flavor, I prefer to keep the rest of the meal uncomplicated. Simple broccoli cooked in the microwave and seasoned with lemon juice and melted butter is my go-to side dish.
Roasted butternut squash is another great accompaniment to this main course. For the same results, cook it for 45 minutes at 375°F, tossing once.
To keep the butternut squash warm during the roast's 20 minute resting time, simply place it on a baking sheet and tent it with foil.
Putting Away Extras
The leftovers, when stored in an airtight container, can be kept in the refrigerator for three to four days. They can be reheated carefully in the microwave at a power level of 50% with the lid on. They won't have the same freshness or flavor as a freshly cooked meal, but they'll still be delicious.
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The Recipe Card
- Using foil, line a baking sheet with a rack. Brush olive oil on the wire rack.
- Spices like kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, sage, and thyme can be combined in a small bowl.
- Use paper towels to dry the meat. Prepare a wire rack for it. Coat the roast with the spice mixture and set aside. Add a generous amount of olive oil spray to its surface.
- Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. While the oven is preheating, let the roast sit out at room temperature for 30 minutes.
- Place the roast, thermometer-end up, in the hot oven. After 15 minutes in the oven, reduce the heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and continue roasting until a meat thermometer registers 145 degrees. The total time in my oven is 75 minutes (or 25 minutes per pound).
- Put an end to roasting it in the oven. Cover it loosely with foil and let it sit for 20 minutes.
- The roast should be sliced carefully after the butcher twine has been removed.
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