Slow Roasted Pork Loin with crispy pork crackling, basted in a homemade sage applesauce. This tender and juicy one-pan pork roast, with crisped to perfection crackling, is incredible! Perfect as an easy, healthy dinner, or for special occasions, these flavors are just spot on. Paleo + Low Carb + Gluten Free.
Since we’ve been growing our own herbs at home, I’m really starting to get to know and love sage. It is particularly delicious with apples – kind of reminds me of stuffing. This pork loin was absolutely incredible! The pork was cooked absolutely perfectly, and the fruity herby flavors were just dynamite to enjoy.
Here’s why you’ll love this Apple & Sage Slow Roasted Pork Loin:
- It uses all-natural ingredients! We used an organic pork loin, apples to make our own applesauce, and fresh, homegrown sage.
- It uses ingredients we already had on hand – the only thing we had to buy was the meat.
- It can be a one-pan meal! You can add veggies to roast with the pork for the second hour or so in the oven. One meal = less clean up later!
- The flavors are amazing! The sweetness of apple along with pork is one of my favorite combinations. Mix some fresh sage in and we are singing!
- The pork is melt-in-your-mouth tender, and the skin is perfectly crisp and crunchy. Just what you want when cooking pork loin!
- It’s easy! After popping it in the oven, all you have to do is baste it occasionally, add veggies halfway through if you want, and then grill it towards the end for that crispy fat. Easy Peasy.
What ingredients are in this one-pan pork loin recipe?
- Pork: The main contender. This recipe uses a 1.07kg (about 2.4 lbs) pork loin. It’s a great cut because of the extra layer of fat. It can be cooked until it’s crispy on the outside and juicy everywhere else.
- Herbs: fresh sage, fresh rosemary, fresh oregano, mustard powder, garlic, onions, salt, and pepper. Hello flavor!
- Apples: We’ll make both homemade, herby applesauce, and also add a layer of apples and onions to the base of the roasting pan. We also use apple cider vinegar for a little tartness in the applesauce.
- Honey & olive oil: for more sweetness and flavor.
How to make this Slow Roasted Pork Loin with Crispy Crackling
It’s just 3 easy steps!
- Make applesauce: Remove the apple cores and cut the apples into chunks. Add the remaining applesauce ingredients to a blender with the apple, and blend well.
- Prep the pork: Sear the pork on 4 sides (top, bottom, side, side) until it starts to brown. Save the grease. Slice apples and onions and layer them in the roasting tray, along with fresh rosemary and oregano. Add seared loin on top. Pour applesauce over everything.
- Cook: Roast at 160°C/ 320°F for 1 1/2 hours covered with aluminum foil. Take it out, remove foil and rub it with the surrounding sauce, and grease from browning the pork earlier. Switch the oven to grill (keep it at 160°C/ 320°F), and grill for 20 minutes.
Jazz it up!
After an hour of cooking, feel free to add veggies to the pan! Just take the pork out, add veggies, and cover it back up before returning it to the oven.
Here is a list of vegetables you can use in this recipe. Just ensure that the vegetables cover the bottom of the pan, around the pork in one layer, without too much overlapping:
- Sweet potatoes
- Fennel root
- Brussels sprouts
- Bell Peppers
- Collard greens/similar greens
- Butternut squash
How do I store this one-pan pork loin dish?
Fridge: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. Reheat thoroughly in the microwave or in the oven before consuming it.
Freezer: Store in an airtight, freezer-friendly container or freezer bag for up to 3 months. Allow it to thaw before reheating it.
More meaty recipes for Sunday Lunch:
- WHOLE ROAST BBQ CHICKEN
- CITRUSY SLOW ROASTED LEG OF LAMB
- EASY WHOLE30 CRISPY CARNITAS
- GLUTEN FREE STOUT BEEF STEW
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Apple & Sage Slow Roasted Pork with Crispy Pork Crackling
- chopping board
- baking tray
- wooden spoon
- aluminum foil
- 4 apples medium
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp mustard seeds
- 1 tbsp mustard powder
- 1 tbsp fresh sage
- 6 garlic cloves
- 1 tbsp salt
- 1 tbsp pepper
- 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 cup of water
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1.07 kg/2.4lb pork loin
- 3 apples medium
- 3 onions medium
- 3 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 3 sprigs of fresh oregano
Make the Applesauce:
- Remove the apple cores and cut the apples into chunks. Add the remaining applesauce ingredients (honey, mustard seeds, mustard powder, sage, garlic, salt, pepper, apple cider vinegar, water, olive oil) to a blender with the apple, and blend well.
Prepare the pork:
- Sear the pork on 4 sides (top-bottom, side, side) until it starts to brown. Save the leftover grease.
- Slice apples and onions and layer them in the roasting tray, along with fresh rosemary and oregano.
- Add seared loin on top.
- Pour applesauce over everything.
- Roast at 160°C/ 320°F for 1 1/2 hours covered with aluminum foil.
- Optional: After 1 hour take the pork out, uncover, add veggies in one layer around the pork, cover, and return it to the oven.
- Take it out, remove foil and rub it with the surrounding sauce, and grease from frying.
- Switch the oven to grill (keep it at 160°C/ 320°F), and grill for 20 minutes.