How to Cook Pork Roast in the Oven?
Cooking pork roast in the oven is the most common cooking method. This technique is very simple and effective, resulting in a delicious outcome.
First, place your pork roast in an oven-safe dish that is approximately the size of the meat so that it can properly bathe in its juices during cooking.
Next, drizzle some olive oil over your roast and add the flavors you like (e.g., a few cloves of garlic and some herbs).
The cooking time for your pork roast varies depending on its weight. In the oven, you should allow 30 minutes of cooking per ½ kg. For a 1kg piece of meat, cook your roast in the oven at 400˚F for 1 hour. For a 2.5kg roast, cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes, and so on.
Remember to baste the meat with its cooking juices during its time in the oven to tenderize it. At the end of cooking, the roast should be golden on the outside and tender on the inside.
You can also cook your pork roast more slowly. Slow cooking is more forgiving as it is done at a lower temperature, so a little extra time in the oven won't ruin your pork. Preheat the oven to 180˚F and bake the meat for about 2 ½ to 3 hours. This cooking time is for pork roasts weighing approximately 1kg.
How to Cook It in a Slow Cooker?
For pork loins, you can cook them for 4 to 5 hours on low heat for tender and juicy meat. If you choose a pork shoulder roast, it should be cooked for about 10 hours on low heat (for a roast weighing 1.5 to 2.5 kg). The shoulder is a tougher cut of pork, so it requires a longer cooking time. These cuts have more marbled fat and are therefore natural choices for slow cooker pork roasts. During cooking, the fat melts, making the meat wonderfully juicy. You can also cook your roast for 2 to 3 hours on high heat, depending on the size of the pork loin.
How to Add Flavor to My Roast?
To be done before cooking: In a large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Season the pork with salt and pepper on all sides, then sear the meat in a pan with a little butter to brown the surfaces and make them crispy (about 3 minutes on each side). This will add flavor to your meat and give it the "roast" appearance we love so much. It only takes a few minutes but makes all the difference!!
You can also prepare a sauce that you will incorporate during the cooking of your roast. While your pork roast is cooking, you can baste the meat with the sauce. This will add flavor to your meat.
How to Check for Doneness?
To check if your roast is done, start by removing it from the oven (if cooked in the oven). Then, insert a meat thermometer into the center of the roast. The internal temperature of the meat should be between 65 and 68°C. At 75°C, your meat will be fully cooked.
A tip we can give you is not to cut the roast to see if the inside is cooked. This will cause all the juice from your piece of meat to be lost. If you don't have a thermometer, place your index finger on the meat and apply slight pressure. If your roast is soft but still slightly resistant to your touch, it means it is properly cooked—tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. However, the ideal option is still to use a kitchen thermometer. The device can determine with much more precision whether the meat is sufficiently cooked.
What Can I Serve It With?
For a flavorful and savory pork roast, try a mustard pork roast or a honey pork roast. Simply coat your piece of meat with one of these two ingredients before cooking and accompany it with finely chopped shallots or small onions. You can also mix the two to create a recipe that is both sweet and tangy.
You can also cook your pork roast with small diced vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes. Whether you do it in the oven or in the slow cooker, these vegetables will cook in the bottom of your dish and along with the cooking juices and olive oil at the same time as the meat. Not only is it easy to add to your recipe, but it will also bring additional delicious flavors to your vegetables!
Where Can I Buy Pork Roast?
At Réserve Locale, we have our boneless pork loin roast and our trussed pork shoulder roast to offer you. These pork roasts come from la ferme du Rang 4. At la ferme du Rang 4, the pigs are raised with grain-based feed, without the addition of antibiotics or growth hormones.