Pork is my weakness. More specifically, Roasted Spiced Pork Loin is my weakness. Living with two vegetarians, and being the only person in our home that eats meat, I don’t get to prepare meat dishes too often, so when I do, it has to be something I absolutely love and something that I can eat in its entirety (or at least before it sits in the refrigerator for too long.)
During one of my bi-weekly visits to the grocery store, I found this lovely cut of pork loin and just had to have it – the fact that pork was on sale that week helped push me in the right direction.
When it comes to pork loin, there’s only two ways I like to prepare it; the first is on an open grill in the middle of summer, and the second is the oven-baked method which pretty much takes all of the guess work out of the cooking process. A slow roasted pork loin is the way to go! It allows the flavours from the sauce to seep into the meat and creates a sticky, delicious coating that begs to be mopped up and devoured!
I’ve often heard John.e speak about his mom’s pork dinners. She always served pork with applesauce, which Dear Reader, I cannot comprehend. How does one pair pork with applesauce, or for that matter, how does one eat applesauce at all? It’s just one of those things that I cannot bring myself to eat – I think it’s the texture.
Anyway, whenever I prepare pork at home, John.e will always come into the kitchen and repeatedly inhale the aroma. He loves the smell of pork. And, without fail, I always offer him some, but he politely declines and stays true to his vegetarian diet. #oneday
Either way, none of this pork went to waste. I ate the whole thing! #notkidding One last thing, if you like this post, you must check out my Honey Garlic Baked Pork Bites
Roasted Spiced Pork Loin
- 1 pork loin roast about 2 pounds, unseasoned
- 1 large onion thinly sliced
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1/4 cup white vinegar
- 1/4 cup ketchup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon dried chili flakes
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Pour the water into a roasting pan and place the pork loin in the center of the pan. Sprinkle the onions over the pork and allow some of the onion to fall into the water.
Sprinkle the salt and pepper over the pork.
Cover with foil and bake for 1 hour.
In the meantime, whisk together the remaining ingredients and set aside.
At the one hour mark, remove the pork from the oven and remove the foil. Using half of the sauce mixture, baste the pork. Return the pork to the oven for 30 minutes.
Once again, remove the pork and baste with the remaining sauce mixture. Bake for an additional 30 minutes.
Remove from oven. Allow pork to rest, covered with foil, for 10 minutes before slicing.