Garlic and Herb Crusted Pork Loin Roast

Garlic and Herb Crusted Pork Loin Rib Roast
Garlic and Herb Crusted Bone-In Pork Loin. Diana Rattray
  • 2 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 2 hrs
  • Yield: Serves 8 to 10
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This succulent pork roast can be made with a rib roast (pictured) or center cut bone-in pork loin roast. Serve this fabulous pork loin roast with baked or mashed potatoes and a corn dish or your favorite side dish. This roast is a fabulous choice for a holiday meal or Sunday dinner.

The roast is prepared with only three ingredients plus mixed herbs and salt and pepper, so it's as easy as it is impressive!

Use a standard meat thermometer, oven temperature probe, or an instant-read thermometer to test the roast for doneness. The minimum safe temperature for pork ( according to the USDA) is 145 F. 

Use the suggested herbs or use what you have on hand. Some other good choices for pork include tarragon, parsley, coriander, and cumin.  

What You'll Need

  • 1 pork loin rib roast, bone-in, about 4 to 5 pounds
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh herbs, such as a combination of thyme, sage, and rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

How to Make It

  1. Line a large baking pan or roasting pan with foil and place a rack in the pan. Place the roast on the rack and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  2. Combine the herbs, garlic, and olive oil and mix well. Rub over the pork roast. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.
  3. Heat the oven to 450 F.
  4. Roast at 450 F for 30 minutes. Reduce heat to 325 F and continue roasting for about 20 minutes per pound, or until the temperature reaches at least 145 F.* 
  1. Tent the roast with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Serves 8.

Serving Suggestions

*The minimum safe temperature for pork (USDA guidelines) is 145 F (62.8 C). The Canadian government recommends a minimum temperature of 160 F (71 C) for pork.

Expert Tips

  • Replace the fresh herbs with about 1 1/2 teaspoons of dried herbs. 
  • A rack is used to keep the roast out of its drippings as it cooks. If you don't have a wire rack, scatter fresh carrots and celery sticks in the bottom of the foil-lined pan. Or crumple a few sheets of foil and place them in the pan. Place the roast on the vegetables or crumpled foil.

Pork Roasting Timetable

  • Pork Sirloin Roast, Bone-In — 4 to 5 pounds — 25 to 40 minutes per pound
  • Pork Sirloin Roast, Boneless  -- 2 pounds — 26 to 28 minutes per pound
  • Pork Sirloin Roast, Boneless — 3 to 4 pounds — 20 to 25 minutes per pound
  • Top Loin (NY), Bone-In — 2 pounds — 26 to 28 minutes per pound
  • Top Loin (NY), Boneless — 3 to 4 pounds — 20 to 25 minutes per pound
  • Rack of Pork — 4 to 5 pounds — 25 to 40 minutes per pound