Perfect Pork Loin Roast

The brine for this Perfect Pork Loin Roast recipe ensures this to be super moist and bursting with flavor.  I love to cook directly on top of the veggies.

Perfect Pork Roast recipe

This is such a wonderful dish and truly impressive.  You can’t go wrong with this one.  Make the brine the day ahead and then cook to pure perfection. We just love the fruits and vegetables that boost the flavor profile of this incredible dish.

Perfect Pork Roast recipe

This Perfect Pork Loin Roast recipe really is perfect. It is the ideal dish to serve at holidays or anytime you need something special for when guests arrive. You will not be disappointed in this roast!

Perfect Pork Roast recipe

Now, let’s make this Perfect Pork Loin Roast recipe!


Perfect Pork Loin Roast

This perfect pork loin roast gets a nice brine and then a maple-mustard crust when it bakes. Cook along with the apple and fennel, and wow oh wow, is this good!
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Course: Entree
Cuisine: Entree
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 428kcal



  • 8 cups cold apple cider
  • 3/4 cup Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 garlic cloves peeled and mashed
  • 3 sprigs of fresh thyme
  • 1 4- lb boneless pork loin roast leave a thin layer of fat on one side...if too much fat, trim


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbsp whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp fresh thyme chopped
  • 3/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper or more to taste
  • 1 large fennel bulb or 2 small bulbs - quartered, cored, and diced
  • 1 Granny smith apple peeled, cored, and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp Kosher salt



  • Combine 2 cups of the apple cider with the salt, brown sugar, garlic, and thyme in a large saucepan and and bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly, until salt and sugar dissolve, about 3 minutes.
  • Add the remaining apple cider and let cool to room temp.
  • Transfer to a large container, or a brine bag.
  • Add the pork, cover (or seal the bag), and refrigerate for at least 8 hours, or up to 18 hours.


  • Position a rack in the center of the oven, and heat oven to 450 F.
  • In a small bowl, mix the maple syrup, mustard, thyme, and pepper.
  • Drain the pork and pat dry with paper towels.
  • Brush the pork all over with the mustard mixture.
  • In a medium bowl, toss the fennel and apple with the oil, salt, and a good pinch of black pepper.
  • Scatter the mixture in the bottom of a large roasting pan (large enough to hold the pork with an inch or two of space around the edges).
  • Put the pork, fat side up, on top of the fennel and apples.
  • Roast the pork until the crust just starts to brown, about 20 minutes.
  • Reduce the heat to 350 F and continue cooking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the loin reads 145 F., about 40 to 50 minutes more.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Thinly slice the pork.
  • Serve, topped with the fennel, apple, and juices.


Calories: 428kcal
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  • Just made this. Actually in the oven NOW! Lol!
    Haven’t really used fennel so I excited to try something different. If it taste half as good as it smells, it’s gonna be delicious!!

  • There are not enough superlatives for how good that roast looks. I usually use apple juice instead of cider and roast mine plain, but I’ll use your glaze for our New Year roast. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Thanks for sharing this recipe – it’s a keeper and our new family favorite. We’re not big fans of fennel so I halved it – delish!

    • so glad you and your family liked it! it’s one of our favorites, too. you know, you can use other veggies, too. Whatever you guys like. Thanks so much for letting us know, and please stay in touch! Kris and Wesley

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