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Easy Roast Pork: Perfect Every Time

Fall is here! It’s time to turn on your ovens and warm your home with the delicious smell of a home-cooked meal. This is the perfect roast pork recipe to take you through the busy soccer season, budgeting for Christmas and happy holiday celebrations.

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This pork roast is perfect every time and provides multiple opportunities for leftovers.

I first tasted roast pork when served by a Cuban friend. He infused the pork shoulder with garlic, citrus, and oregano. It was served hot out of the oven with rice and fresh Cuban bread to absorb the juices. I loved it. Our friend moved away, but I had to have this meal again.

We purchased mojo seasoning from Publix and tried injecting a bone-in pork shoulder. The process was laborious and while it was delicious, the roast didn’t seem to absorb the flavors like I remembered them from our Cuban friend. He had used real chopped ingredients instead of a mix, placing the spices into slits he cut in the roast. Unfortunately, I don’t typically have that kind of time without being inundated with children. We tried the slow cooker and the low and slow BBQ methods but they weren’t as juicy or flavorful as we wanted. 

I came to this roast pork recipe after lots of trial and error. It is a mix of quick searing and low, slow cooking. This roast is flavorful, easy and juicy with crispy edges. This is a quick prep version, ready to be re-purposed into multiple meals.

Did I mention that pork shoulder is incredibly cost-effective? It often goes on sale for $1.99 or less a pound. This is a wonderfully tasty way to pinch pennies. 

Perfect Pork Roast
A simple pork roast that turns out perfectly with very little prep!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 hr 20 min
Total Time
5 hr
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
4 hr 20 min
Total Time
5 hr
  1. Bone-in Pork Shoulder also known as Boston Butt
  2. olive oil
  3. garlic powder
  4. onion powder
  5. paprika
  6. salt
  7. pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425
  2. Place Bone-in Pork Shoulder in a roasting pan (a pan with a rack).
  3. Sprinkle pork liberally in garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, salt and pepper. (The amount depends on the size of your roast. As an estimate: 1TBSP of garlic, onion, salt and paprika. 1/2 tsp of pepper. I never measure any of it. I shake the dry spices over the meat until the entire roast is covered.)
  4. Drizzle with olive oil and rub spices into roast until it is evenly covered in the spices.
  5. Flip roast and repeat the instructions above.
  6. Turn roast so that the fat rests on the rack in your roasting pan.The muscle should be facing upward.
  7. Cook in the oven at 425 for 20 minutes.
  8. Lower the temperature in the oven to 325 and cook for 4 hours.
  9. Cook until the meat easily separates from the bone or reaches an internal temperature of 185.
  10. Remove rack. Let the roast rest in the drippings for 30 minutes.
  11. Slice or shred with a fork, incorporating the juices in the pan.
  12. Serve over rice.
  1. If you have a large pork roast it may take longer than 4 hours. Roasts under 8 pounds will cook within this time. If you wish to shred the meat rather than have slices, leave the roast cooking at 325 until the meat falls away from the bone. Be patient! It will happen.
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  • Prepped Pork Roast. Covered in olive oil, paprika, Garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

  • Pork Fried Rice. Made with 1 finely chopped red onion, 1/4 cup corn kernels, 1/4 cup of broccoli florets, 1 TBSP minced garlic, 1 TBSP ginger and 8 oz mushrooms sauteed in 3 tbsp sesame oil. Add 4 cups of Cooked Rice, 4oz of cooked pork, 2 eggs, 2TBSP fish sauce, 3 TBSP soy sauce, 1 TBSP sugar. Garnish with green onions.

The memories created at the dinner table last a lifetime. The familiar smell of your mom’s kitchen will transport you home no matter where you are. Happy eating.


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2 Responses to Easy Roast Pork: Perfect Every Time

  1. Kasia November 22, 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    This recipe is absolutely fantastic – tender, juicy meat with incredible rich flavors, it is perfect for any family get together!

    I was lucky enough to have some at Lea’s dinner party, which was fantastic and now I am looking forward to making it myself.

    It is definitely going to my cherished collection of best recipes right on the fridge!

  2. Leah Noel
    Leah Noel November 22, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    Thank you Kasia! As an excellent cook yourself, I consider this an exceptional endorsement. 🙂