We absolutely love this garlic and brown sugar roast recipe. It’s our tried and true favorite for as long as I can remember. With a super easy cooking process, you can hardly do any work and still get the same great taste.
Easy Pork Roast Recipe
Well, the name says it all- it’s about as easy as a pork roast recipe can get! No searing the sides, no basting during the cooking process, and no rotating or flipping.
I’ve seen some pretty “involved” recipes for creating a juicy pork roast and I’ve been let down by so many as well. Before I finally found this one I had a bad spell of dry pork roasts, but bless my husband’s heart he kept eating them haha.
For a busy momma and wife, like myself, this recipe has got just a few ingredients and a few fast steps. It’s practically a “set it and forget it” type of recipe- which is great!
Ingredients Needed for Garlic and Brown Sugar Crusted Pork
- Minced garlic (I like the jar stuff best for this recipe, but you can use fresh.)
- 4lb Pork roast (bone in or out)
- Red pepper flakes
- Honey or agave
- Apple cider vinegar
- Brown sugar
- Kosher salt
What You’ll Need to Make this Pork Roast Recipe
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Tips for Making Brown Sugar Pork
Use parchment paper! If you line your baking dish with parchment paper, and creat a little sling with it so that the sides and bottom are covered, you’re clean up time will be significantly reduced! Without it the brown sugar hardens and ecomes a bit of a pain to clean.
The brown sugar glaze for this pork roast is thick and paste-like. This is to get it to stick to the roast better. It will dissolve and end up at the bottom of the pan, but not before it has a chance to create that crust we want.
Also, even after properly resting your pork roast, expect some juices to run wild and create a mess. Having a kitchen towel handy is ideal and recommended.
Pork Roast FAQs
I’ve been using this same recipe for years and have tried it with almost every roast-like cut of pork. Each one turns out great, including pork tenderloin. For this recipe that I’ve shown, I chose to use a 4lb bone-in pork sirloin roast.
Your pork roast will cook for about 2 hours if similar in size to mine. The time isn’t as important as making sure it reaches a minimum of 145 degrees F.
If you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table, you can increase the temp of the oven to 350F after the glaze has been added, but keep a watchful eye so that the glaze doesn’t burn. Any temp higher than that will cause your roast to dry out and the crust to blacken.
Oh the magic of science! Fresh garlic often turns greenish blue when baked. It’s in no way unsafe to eat, but it is a cool reaction! Having your oven too high of a temperature for too long may also result in the garlic turning black.
Food health regulators have determined that eating pork that still has some pink to it is completely safe as long as it reaches a minimum of 145F degrees.
Consider it the medium-rare area and 160 being the well done. As long as you’re somewhere in that realm, your pork is safe and not too over or undercooked.
Our favorite sides include steamed broccoli, baked beans, loaded mashed potatoes, and salads. The flavors pair well with just about anything, ut picking food with a more subtle flavor can really help to make it the star of the plate.
How to Make Garlic and Brown Sugar Crusted Pork Roast
Preheat the oven to 425F degrees.
Line a baking dish with parchment paper and then place your roast fat side up in the middle.
Rub kosher salt and minced garlic over the roast.
Place the roast in the oven and bake at 425F for 20 minutes.
Turn the heat down to 325F degrees and cook until the pork’s internal temperature is 100 degrees (about 45min-1hour).
In a small saucepot on the stove combine brown sugar, red pepper flakes, vinegar, and honey. Stir and let simmer over medium heat until for about 1-2 minutes. Don’t let it boil, we just want the sugar to dissolve a little bit.
Pull the roast from the oven and cover it in this glaze.
Place it back in the oven to finish cooking.
When the pork roast reaches 145F degrees, it’s safe to remove from the oven. Let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing- preferably let it wait 10 minutes.
Slice your pork and serve.
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Garlic and Brown Sugar Crusted Pork Roast
- 1 4lb Pork roast
- 2 tbsp Minced garlic
- 1 tsp Red pepper flakes
- 1 tbsp Honey or Agave
- 1 cup Brown sugar
- 2 tsp Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tsp Apple cider vinegar
- Preheat oven to 425F degrees.
- Line baking dish with parchment paper and place roast fat side up in the middle.
- Rub the kosher salt and minced garlic all over the over the roast. Cover the tops and sides with it.
- Bake at 425F for 20 minutes.
- Turn the heat down to 325F degrees. When the pork reaches 100F degrees begin making the glaze.
- In a small saucepot on the stove combine the brown sugar, red pepper flakes, vinegar, and honey. Stir and let simmer over medium heat until for about 1-2 minutes. Don't let it boil, we just let the sugar dissolve a bit. It will be thick and paste-like.
- Pull the roast from the oven and cover it in this glaze. Rub it over the tops and sides with a pastry brush or spoon. Try to get in the nooks and crannies.
- Put it back in the oven to finish cooking.
- When the pork roast reaches 145F degrees, it's safe to remove from the oven. Let it rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.
- Slice your pork and serve.
You’re going to love this brown sugar and garlic crusted pork roast! It’s such a simple and easy roast recipe that anyone can do it!