pork roast

New Year’s Pork Roast

Herb and Spice Crusted Pork Roast

I know a lot of folks who serve pork for New Year’s Day. If you want to dress up your pork roast, try using a simple herb and spice rub. It adds so much flavor.

I made this rub recipe for a pork roast and really loved the way it came out. I added some cinnamon, because I was serving the roast with home made applesauce. I thought it would all work well together.

I was not disappointed. The flavors worked very well together.

You can also use this rub on pork chops, if you aren’t making a whole roast.

If you aren’t serving pork, this rub also works well on poultry or lamb. Used it on a turkey breast and it was very tasty.



Herb and Spice Crusted Pork Roast

The Rub:

2 T. coarse sea salt

1 T. paprika

1 T. dried parsley

1-2 cloves minced garlic

2 t. fresh grated ginger

2 t. cinnamon

2 t. fresh ground pepper

Combine all the rub ingredients.

1 pork roast- I used a 3 1/2 pound pork sirloin roast- bone-in.

Spread the rub over the roast, pressing in to help it stick. You can do this a day ahead, then just wrap the roast and keep in the fridge until you are ready to cook it. Place pork roast in a roasting pan and bake in a 350 degree until pork reaches an internal temp of 145 degrees. Depending on the size of the roast you are making this will take about 20-25 minutes per pound, but a long, narrow loin will take less time than a rounder roast.

This rub is also nice on poultry. Maybe I’ll try it on duck the next time.

Coffee and Spice Rubbed Pork Roast

Coffee and Spice Rubbed Pork Roast

Coffee and Spice Rubbed Pork Roast

Since so many people are making a pork roast of some sort for the New Year I thought I’d re-post this recipe. I’ve had several requests for it in the last few days. It is really good- with a rich blend of spices and coffee. The spice rub would also be great on lamb or beef. I am thinking of trying it on duck soon. Enjoy and Happy New Year!!






Coffee and Spice Rub

¼ c. ground coffee
¼ c. brown sugar
2 T. paprika
2 t. each cayenne pepper, cumin, garlic powder, salt and ginger
1 t. allspice
½ t. cinnamon
Combine all ingredients and stir to mix well. Store in a cool place, preferably in the refrigerator. Rub can be used on roasts or on chops, steaks and smaller cuts of meat. If using on chops that are being pan fried watch carefully as the sugar in the recipe could burn.


To use the rub: several hours before cooking place the roast in a shallow pan and sprinkle heavily with the rub. Use your hands to spread it evenly and cover completely. Place plastic wrap on clean surface and transfer roast to the wrap. Fold plastic wrap to cover roast , using more plastic wrap as needed so meat is sealed well. Return to fridge for at least a couple of hours, or overnight. When ready to cook, bring roast out and allow to stand 30 minutes. Remove plastic wrap and place roast in a roasting pan on a wire rack.

For the pork roast allow about 20 minutes per pound. Larger roasts need a little less time per pound. When roast is finished- remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes, or a little longer before cutting.

Ready to serve

Ready to serve

Orange Glazed Pork Roast

Orange Glazed Pork Roast

Orange Glazed Pork Roast

We made this is class last night. It’s a wonderful and easy way to make your next pork roast special. The secret is a pretty simple glaze of orange juice, brown sugar and spices. The result is a roast with a slightly sweet flavor and lovely aroma. While the recipe calls for a pork loin I used a sirloin pork roast and it was really good.

Orange Glazed Roasted Pork Loin

 4½ to 5 lb. loin of pork (10 chops)

2 teaspoons salt

freshly ground pepper

1-cup orange juice

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon ginger

1/4 teaspoon cloves

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place pork, fat side up, in a roasting pan. Insert thermometer; do not let it touch bone. Rub in the salt and pepper Roast for 35 minutes to the pound, or until it reaches 145 degrees. In a small saucepan, mix the orange juice, sugar, ginger & cloves. Simmer for 30 minutes. Brush this glaze at least twice over the pork while it is roasting.