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Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork

This Garlic & Rosemary Roasted Pork is a delicious and nutritious meal!  Tender roasted pork with roasted apple sauce.

There’s just something so comforting about making a roast in the fall!  I love being able to have dinner made in one pot, and having the house smell amazing all afternoon!  This Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork is one of my favourite meals to make.  It’s simple to assemble and everyone loves it!

Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork before it goes into the oven

Simple and SO delicious!

This roast is so simple to make, yet it has the appearance that you slaved away all day in the kitchen making it!  And one of the best parts of this dinner, is that you end up with ready made applesauce.  Roasting the apples with the pork makes for a delicious and very flavourful applesauce to go with your dinner!  Tender garlicky pork roast, with delicious apple sauce.  So good.

Sliced Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork Recipe right out of the oven

Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork Cooking Tips!

  • Pork:  You can use a pork shoulder for this recipe.  It is a more inexpensive cut of meat, but it packs a lot of great flavour because of the fat content!  If you choose this cut of meat, skip the searing step, and just roast the meat at 325 degrees.  Roast until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 150-155 degrees, about 2 hours.
  • Apples:  I used Granny Smith apples for this recipe, but feel free to use your favourite variety…McIntosh apples are delicious too.
  • To peel or not to peel: If you don’t like peels in your apple sauce, feel free to peel the apples.
  • Roasting Time:  Roast the pork until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 150-155 degrees. Depending on your oven, this can be about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  • Let it rest:  Once the optimal internal temperature is reached, remove the roast from your oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes. The internal temperature will continue to rise about 5 degrees once outside of the oven.
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Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork

  • Author: Jo-Anna Rooney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 120 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x


This Garlic and Rosemary Roasted Pork is a delicious and nutritious meal! Tender roasted pork with roasted apple sauce.


  • 12 lbs pork loin roast
  • 45 apples (I used Granny Smith apples)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 tsp thyme
  • 2 tsp rosemary
  • salt and pepper (be generous with these!)


  1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a bowl combine the olive oil, minced garlic, spices and salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cut your apples into about 2 inch chunks. (I don’t peel mine, but you can if you wish)
  4. Place the apple chunks into the bottom of a roasting pan.
  5. Then place the pork roast on top of the apples.
  6. Pour the olive oil mixture onto the roast, making sure to smother the top side. Rub in.
  7. I like to follow the Joy of Cooking’s instructions on how to roast meats: Place your roast into your 425 degree oven and roast at this high heat for about 10 to 15 minutes. This is to ‘sear’ the outside of the roast, which helps to keep the meat moist. Pork loins don’t have a lot of fat, so they can dry out when they are slow roasted.
  8. After the 10 – 15 minute searing time period, reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Roast until the internal temperature of the meat reaches 150-155 degrees. Depending on your oven, this can be about 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  9. Once the optimal internal temperature is reached, remove the roast from your oven and let it rest for about 10 minutes. The internal temperature will continue to rise about 5 degrees once outside of the oven.
  10. Slice and serve over your roasted applesauce. Serve with mashed potatoes and a veggie!  Enjoy!
  • Category: Pork

Keywords: garlic roasted pork, roast pork, roast pork loin

I originally posted this recipe September 30, 2011.  I just updated the pictures!

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    Pretend Chef
    September 30, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    This sounds like the perfect Sunday dinner. I have added this recipe to my list of meals to try. Yummy!

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    September 30, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    I tend to not be huge fan of most cuts of pork but this looks good. However I am a HUGE fan of pork shoulder. I think I’ll have to try this out with that.

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    September 30, 2011 at 2:38 PM

    mmmmm, yum! looks so satisfying and homey . . .

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    Lindsay @ Delighted Momma
    October 1, 2011 at 9:57 PM

    WOW!! What a good looking meal this is!

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    Jesica @ Pencil Kitchen
    October 3, 2011 at 2:02 AM

    YUM! Look at that mash!

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    October 3, 2011 at 5:25 AM

    how beautiful!!!!

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    Leah @ Beyer Beware
    October 3, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    This is a perfect fall meal. I love pork with apples. Come on over and share this recipe at Hunk of Meat Monday.

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    October 3, 2011 at 6:07 PM

    This is brilliant! Why have I never seen a recipe with baked apples and pork before now? This would be a huge hit with my husband.

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    Sally @ A Blessed Existence
    October 4, 2011 at 3:00 AM

    This looks fantastic! I’m definitely going to try this. I posted a recipe last week for Harvest Pork Roast. It has apples, oranges, and pomegranate juice. So great. This is on my next to cook list.

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    October 5, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    The day that this was posted I had been looking for a pork roast recipe for a family meal. We made it two days later and it was SO delicious (and so easy)! We will definitely use this recipe again.

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    Lisa @ Lisa's Dinnertime Dish
    October 5, 2011 at 3:37 PM

    Wow! That is some nice looking pork!

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    Colie's Kitchen
    October 10, 2011 at 3:56 AM

    Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance. http://www.colieskitchen.com

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    January 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    Well!! This WAS a fantastic meal!! Everyone on their posts always say how good it looks, but they never comment on the actual dish!! Well I tried and ate this perfectly cooked moist pork roast! The flavours were amazing! Loved the idea of putting the apples on the bottom, roast on top. The applesauce was delicious, I always thought a gravy is good to go with pork because it can be cooked too long and dry out. But not this dish!! I was so excited to finally cook it perfectly. Thanks so much! My husband loved it!

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    October 17, 2014 at 9:29 PM

    Hi 🙂 made this today and it was my very first roast! Everything was perfect except that the herbs were a little too burnt 🙁 any tips on how to avoid this?

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      [email protected]
      October 21, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Hi Rona! Maybe try to have them mixed in thoroughly with the oil, or make sure not to have them on the top of the roast? Hope that helps!

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    Sara y Brooks
    December 23, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    We are serving this at our Christmas Eve supper after church. Can’t wait!

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    Maura McNeice
    May 1, 2017 at 5:39 PM

    I was looking for a good recipe for pork and came across this one and I’m so glad I did! The flavor was amazing! Made it just like the recipe said except for adding some cinnamon and sugar to the apples after they were cooked. Will definitely make this again! Yummy!

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    Chelle B
    September 30, 2017 at 6:03 AM

    Added this to my menu for the upcoming week. My mama would make us Shake and Bake pork chops with applesauce when we were kids and this brought back memories. The presentation is beautiful and this one sounds like a winner. Can’t wait to give this a try.

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      [email protected]
      October 2, 2017 at 2:48 PM

      OH I love that this brought back memories for you Chelle! Thank you so much for your kindness…I hope you try this recipe and enjoy it!

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    October 16, 2017 at 5:25 PM

    Thank your for sharing this recipe. It turned out excellent tonight. Everyone liked it without any complaints.

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