Oven Barbecued Pork Loin Roast

Oven Barbecued Pork Loin Roast

The Spruce / Loren Runion

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 2 hrs 30 mins
Total: 2 hrs 45 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
97 Calories
4g Fat
13g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 97
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 5%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 352mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0g 2%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 2mg 10%
Calcium 19mg 1%
Iron 0mg 3%
Potassium 168mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

A roasted pork loin is a simple dish that is a wonderful family meal. In this recipe, a homemade barbecue sauce gives this bone-in roast beautiful color and flavor. The pork first roasts for a couple of hours before the sauce is slathered on to allow it to create a rich, tangy coating. Although the barbecue sauce calls for a number of ingredients, it comes together quickly and easily.

Serve the barbecued pork roast with coleslaw, potatoes, and corn on the cob, or choose your family's favorite sides and salads.


  • 1 (5-pound) bone-in pork loin roast

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, or vegetable oil

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped onion

  • 3/4 cup water

  • 3/4 cup ketchup

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed

  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 3/4 teaspoon paprika

  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mustard

  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 dash ground cloves

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Oven Barbecued Pork Loin Roast ingredients

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  2. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a roasting pan with foil and place a rack in the pan. Place the pork roast on the rack and roast for 25 to 30 minutes per pound (2 hours to 2 1/2 hours for a 5-pound roast). The roast should register at least 145 F on a food thermometer, the minimum safe temperature for pork.

    pork loin on a roasting pan lined with foil

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  3. Meanwhile, make the barbecue sauce. Heat the butter or vegetable oil in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add the onion and cook until softened and translucent.

    onions and vegetable oil cooking in a saucepan

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  4. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well.

    onions with water, ketchup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, oregano, paprika, salt, garlic powder, dry mustard, black pepper, and ground cloves in a saucepan

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  5. Bring the sauce mixture to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced and thickened somewhat and the flavors are concentrated.

    barbecue sauce cooking in a saucepan

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  6. Baste the pork roast with the barbecue sauce several times during the last 30 to 45 minutes of roasting time.

    barbecue sauce brushed over the pork loin

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  7. Let the roast rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

    Oven Barbecued Pork Loin Roast with a side of sauce

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  • If you don't have a rack for your roasting pan, scatter chunks of onions and carrots in the bottom of the foil-lined pan and place the roast on top of the vegetables.
  • If you have extra barbecue sauce, you can cook it down and serve it on the side. Place the sauce in a skillet or small pot and cook over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes until slightly reduced.

Recipe Variations

  • Replace the pork loin with pork butt or pork shoulder and slow-roast it at 275 F for about 1 hour per pound, or until very tender. Make the sauce and baste during the last 30 to 45 minutes of cooking time.
  • Substitute white vinegar or wine vinegar for the cider vinegar.
  • For a smoky flavor, add 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of liquid smoke to the sauce mixture.
  • Add 1 clove of minced garlic to the cooked onions and sauté for 1 minute longer. Omit the garlic powder and add the remaining sauce ingredients.

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