Dutch Oven Pork Roast with Gravy

Tender and juicy, this Dutch oven pork roast transforms an affordable cut of meat into a delicious comfort food dinner. The pork loin slowly bakes in an apple cider broth with potatoes, carrots, celery, onion, and herbs. A quick pan gravy adds the perfect finishing touch on this one-pot meal!

Close overhead shot of a boneless pork loin in a Dutch oven

How to Make Dutch Oven Pork Roast

Nothing beats the comfort of a juicy and tender Dutch oven pork roast in the oven. The aroma that wafts through your home as it cooks is like a warm hug from your grandmother! This melt-in-your-mouth easy dinner recipe yields succulent pork loin and flavorful vegetables that have soaked up all of the juices from the meat. Finish it off with a quick pot roast gravy for the ultimate Sunday supper!

Pork Loin vs. Sirloin vs. Tenderloin

All of these different cuts from the loin can get confusing when you’re staring at a meat case in the grocery store! In general, a loin is the portion of meat running along the back of the pig. The “pork loin” is near the center, while the “sirloin” is toward the rear. The tenderloin is a small strip of meat hanging underneath the pork loin. The tenderloin typically weighs just one pound and is incredibly tender because it’s a part of the animal that doesn’t perform any tough work.

Since pork tenderloin is naturally lean and tender, it does well when cooked quickly at high temperatures. By contrast, pork loin and pork sirloin lend themselves well to slower roasting and grilling techniques (giving any tough fibers a chance to slowly break down).

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The Best Dutch Oven to Use for Pork Roast

When it comes to cooking a delicious pork roast, the right Dutch oven can make all the difference. We recommend the Staub Cast Iron Dutch Oven (5.5 quarts) or the Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven (7.5 quarts). These high-quality Dutch ovens provide excellent heat distribution and retention, ensuring that your pork roast cooks evenly and to perfection.

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Pouring gravy over pork pot roast

Serving Suggestions

An easy pork loin roast makes a delicious Sunday supper. Pair the juicy meat, veggies, and potatoes with any of these extra sides:

  • Homemade Crescent Rolls or Soft Dinner Rolls
  • Aunt Bee’s 3-Ingredient Buttermilk Biscuits, Flaky Buttermilk Biscuits, Cheese Biscuits, or Drop Biscuits
  • Skillet Cornbread, Corn Sticks, Honey Cornbread, or Corn Muffins
  • Pumpkin Bread or Pumpkin Muffins
  • Wedge Salad, Classic Caesar Salad, House Salad with Candied Pecans, or a Green Salad with Red Wine Vinaigrette
  • Fennel Salad with Apples and Creamy Cider Dressing
  • Roasted Cabbage or Braised Red Cabbage
  • Homemade Applesauce or Fried Apples
  • Mac and Cheese
  • Easy Creamed Spinach Casserole
  • Creamed Peas

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Simple Pork Roast Recipe Variations

  • Substitute white wine or additional chicken broth for the apple cider.
  • Use a 3-4 lb. pork sirloin roast; the cooking instructions remain the same.
  • Season the meat with your favorite herbs. Other good options include parsley, oregano, chives, and basil.

Side shot of a boneless pork roast recipe in a white Dutch oven
Hands holding a Dutch oven with a pork loin roast

Next time you’re in the mood for a comforting and delicious pork roast, grab your Dutch oven and give this recipe a try. The flavors and tender texture of this Dutch oven pork roast will make it a family favorite for years to come. For more mouthwatering recipes and cooking inspiration, visit Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ.

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