How to Cook Pork Loin [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
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4.96 from 22 reviews

Pork Loin recipe is very easy to prepare and results in a juicy, tender, and very flavorful meal. The meat is cooked to perfection and seasoned with garlic and some brown sugar. Once cooked, it has an impressive appeal, and great to serve during the holidays or for a dinner party.

With only a few ingredients, you can have a delicious and elegant dinner. This homemade recipe is great to serve with some roasted asparagus, crispy roasted potatoes, or brussels sprouts.

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Roasted Pork Loin

This Pork Loin Roast is a simple dish to prepare that requires only a few ingredients for an incredibly tender and delicious meal. Boneless pork loin (different than a pork tenderloin), is a budget-friendly and lean cut of meat that produces the most succulent and flavorful pork roast. It is a great cut of meat that comes with a thin layer of fat on top.

Once roasted, it has a crispy top and a juicy interior that is simply irresistible. We’ve been making this recipe over many years and is always a huge hit with family and guests.

Also, this is our favorite pork cut because it is very easy to work with. It can be flavored with your favorite seasonings or even just a simple sprinkle of salt and pepper. No matter how you end up cooking it, it is guaranteed to be a delicious and juicy meal.

PORK LOIN VS TENDERLOIN

Even though they might sound similar, the two cuts are very different cuts, and should not be used interchangeably. They are both lean cuts but are totally different in appearance, cost, and size.

Pork Loin is from the animal’s back. In addition, it is larger in size, and also wider. A typical loin will be anywhere from two to five pounds. It also has a thin cap of fat on the top, which benefits it better during cooking as it keeps the meat moist, juicy, and flavorful.

Pork tenderloin runs alongside the backbone and is a muscle. Each tenderloin averages about one pound and is boneless. It is best to roast it at higher heat.

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WHAT IS THE SECRET TO JUICY PORK LOIN?

To get juicy, melt in your mouth results, simply do not overcook the pork loin roast. It is that simple, yet important. Since this is delicate meat cut on the leaner side, cooking time plays an important role here. Therefore, we recommend to always use a meat thermometer. Per USDA guidelines, it is safe to consume pork roast at the internal temperature of 145 degrees F.

Can Pork loin be served a little pink?

As stated above, when roasting it, it’s best to have an internal meat temperature of 145° F. At this temperature, the meat is cooked to medium, which means it will be just slightly pink in the middle.

Important to remember, that resting it for about 5 minutes is essential for juicy and succulent meat. It is best to cover it with foil and let it rest for a few minutes. As it rests, the internal temperature will naturally increase a bit, so keep this in mind.

Refer to the below internal temperature guidelines for the desired doneness.

  • Medium-Rare – 145 to 150 degrees F.
  • Medium – 150 to 155 degrees F.
  • Medium-Well – 155 to 160 degrees F.
  • Well-Done – 160-165 degrees F.

HOW LONG DO I COOK A PORK LOIN?

Since this is a larger meat cut, it is really important to cook it properly. For best results, you want to cook it for roughly 25 minutes per pound.

So if you are cooking a 3-pound loin, the average cooking time should be about 65 minutes. But again, always check the final internal temperature with a thermometer, as it might vary based on oven.

picture of perfectly cooked and juicy pork loin

How to Serve Juicy and Tender Roasted Pork Loin?

Once cooked, and it reaches 145°F on an instant-read thermometer, remove the pork loin roast from the oven. Cover the dish with an aluminum foil, and let it rest for about 5-10 minutes. This way the meat will reabsorb all its juices and aromas.

Once rested, we like cutting it thick, about 3/4- to 1-inch slices. But you can cut it thinner if preferred. Serve it with some mashed potatoes, by laying a few slices of pork over it.

How to store it?

  • If you have leftover, you can simply store the loin in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days. 
  • To freeze it, simply use a freezer-safe container, and freeze it for up to 3 months. 

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Recipe Tips:

  • When cooking, make sure the white fat cap side is up.
  • Brown the pork roast in a heavy cast iron pan with some olive oil to have a nice golden-brown crust.
  • Cook at a high temperature so the outside will have a nice color.
  • Also, use a thermometer to achieve the desired temperature.
  • Similarly, do not overcook it, as it will result in dry meat.
  • Resting the pork roast is essential for juicy and tender results.

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How To Cook Pork Loin

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 6 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hr 10 mins

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Calories: 377 Carbohydrates: 4 Protein: 50 Fat: 16 Saturated Fat: 3 Cholesterol: 142 Sodium: 306 Potassium: 855 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 3 Vitamin A: 165 Calcium: 15 Iron: 1.3
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Stacie

I love pork loin. It's one of my favorite meals to prepare. I make it once or twice a week.

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We make it a lot too.

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Amy

This looks so darn delicious!! I would love some right now with some mashed potatoes and vegetables.

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That's exactly how we served it!

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Brandy O'Neill

Love pork loin! Can't wait to give this a go the next time I make!

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You will love it!

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Sabrina

So juicy and delicious! This is such a great meal.

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I am so happy that you loved this pork recipe.

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Marcie W.

Cooking pork always worries me because I can never tell when it's done and usually wind up drying it out. I look forward to putting some of these tips into action!

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Checking the internal temperature always solves this problem!

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Melanie Walsh

This is exactly what I needed. I'm a vegetarian, but my family members aren't. I often lack the confidence to know I'm doing it right. This is so clear and so helpful.

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Sherry

I love a good pork loin for dinner. It's one of my favorite cuts of pork. I'm going to have to make this one night soon.

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Ruth I

Oh how tasty this dish looks! I need to make it for the whole family. I am sure everyone would love this.

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Katerina @ diethood .com

Pork loin is a family favorite! This recipe sounds amazing!

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Abeer

This pork loin couldn't look any more perfect! Definitely a must try recipe!

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reesa

I love pork loin, it's such an affordable piece of meat to make. I am always looking for new ways to enjoy it! 

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Melanie Bauer

This dish is incredibly delicious! My family will surely love it, need to make this soon!

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It's a big hit here too!

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Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

Looks delicious and so easy to make! This looks heavenly!

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Rachel

I have never been brave enough to roast a pork loin in the oven. I have only used a crock pot.

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Karen simpson

Love evert recipe that I have tried.  Thanks so much.

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Thanks Karen for the nice words. Glad you like our recipes, we are trying our best!

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Chris

I’m curious because I’m one who avoids cooking pork loin because I tend to overlook it: in the write up it says take out of the oven at 145° But in the recipe it says at 160°. I’m guessing the power is better so it can sit? I have a loin that needs to be cooked and would love to try this. 

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The internal temperature of the meat should be 145-160, depends on how you like it. Between 145° F. is for medium rare and 160° F. medium.

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Cindy

Super easy to follow and always comes out perfect. I brown the meat before I put it in the oven cuz I like the browned crust. My teenage sons love all your recipes. They love the taste and easy for them to follow if by themselves and they have to make dinner.

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so happy that you love it!

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Marcy Hupp

I’m going to try this in my Power Fryer. Same recipe just quicker and hopefully the best!!  Thanks. 

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Terry Johnson

I made this and it was perfect.. It is company worthy! Be sure to bury the garlic completely, mine burned on what was sticking up.. I cut them off, and it was perfect. 145 was the temp to remove it. Tender, juicy, and flavorful.

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Kelli Cook

I’ll try this version. I’ve cooked two pork loins in my life. They were so dry, no one could stand it.

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hope you like it

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Tara

This pork loin is delicious! I read the comments and doubled the spice mixture, used minced garlic instead of cloves, scored the fat cap, and cooked it in the crockpot. It’s is so moist and tender and flavorful! Great recipe! I’ll certai prepare this dish again!

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Marybeth Hope

I like how the instructions were given, I am older and slower and they were given in such a way as to be easily remembered! I plan to try this tonight! I was going to dopiek chops but this sounds too good to pass up!

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Hi Marybeth, and thanks for stopping by. Please let me know how you liked them. It is a delicious recipe, and hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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Kris Deatherage

Seriously?! Wow! I cannot believe how AMAZING this recipe is! Super impressed. I normally brine pork loins and boil them with cabbage. I thought I would try something different. I am so glad that I did. I didn't have any paprika, but I had some creole seasoning, and I scored the fat. This was so easy, so lovely, very flavourful. My family loved it. I don't think I will boil this cut ever again!

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Dave

FYI, Trichinosis has been virtually eliminated from US produced pork. Pork raising and processing methods have taken care of that for us. Plus, if the pork has been frozen, any parasites would be dead. Cooking to a temp of 130 for 30 minutes, or 140 for 1 minute also will kill them. So check the temp as suggested, and rest easy. The FDA lowered the recommended temperature for pork years ago.

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Leo

If you don't mind, what's the green herb in the photo, Italian parsley? Was that added after removal from the oven. Lends well to appearance though. Thanks

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it's just finely chopped parsley.

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Mel Hughes

Why does the "how to cook pork loin" say to cook to an internal temperature of 145 degrees, but the accompanying recipe says to cook to 165 degrees?? That's quite a difference.

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it depends on how well you want it. I provided the approximate time and for each desired doneness: Medium-Rare - 145 to 150 degrees F. Medium - 150 to 155 degrees F. Medium-Well - 155 to 160 degrees F. Well-Done - 160-165 degrees F.

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Amanda

I'm confused w the fat cap, I know what it looks like.. but in the video it didnt look like the white cap was on the top..did you flip it before baking?

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Yes, it was flipped, sorry for the confusion.

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Linda Brook

Wow was looking for a great recipe and insteuctions, and you have nailed it! Not only you have nice guidelines, you have also included a video with it which is very helpful. I have two hungry kids all the time 😆, and wanted to try this dish. It turned out amazing, very moist and tender. It is by far the best pork loin recipe I had. Next time I will double the size😂. Thanks for sharing it, this one is a keeper for sure!!!

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Hi Linda, that is funny about your kids:) Glad you have enjoyed it and your family had a nice dinner! You can definitely use two loins if desired, especially if you have a larger family, or want to have leftovers!

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Karen

You don't have to try to hard. They're amazing.

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Mia Avantti

Super deliciou and most pork loin!!! We loved it a lot. Also, i love that you poked the meat and inserted the garlic cloves, it really elevated the flavors. An easy, yet delicious and very flavorful dish! We made some rice and served it that way along with some steamed broccoli. Perfect dinner! Thanks for sharing, I highly recommend it!

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Hi Mia and welcome! Yes, we love poking the meat to get more flavor out of it. Glad you love this recipe, it an easy and delicious dinner for sure!

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Brooke R

I just made this last night for a family cook off and it was a huge success thank you so much for sharing !!!! Extremely good

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Hi Brooke, happy that you and your family loved this dish! Thanks for stopping by!

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Christine

do you cover with aluminum foil before roasting?

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hi, no - I don't

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Barb

I am a big fan of loin, and this recipe is definitely the best I have made. The meat is succulent, moist and tender. Me and my husband loved it a lot, i cooked it per insteuction to medium, and then brushed some butter on top. It was super flavorful and the perfect weekend dinner! We are Even thinking of making it for Thanksgiving, as we loved it a lot! Thanks for sharing this. Also, the video makes it so much easier to follow!

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Hi Barb, we are glad you and your husband loved this recipe. Butter on top sounds delicious! Thank you for your review!

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Alberto

Hi there! Made this recipe over the weekend, and I can definitely say - hands down the best pork loin recipe I had so far. The meat was perfect, not dry at all, but rather juicy and flavorful. Even though I am not a very experienced kitchen person, I can say that this was a easy recipe to follow. The video attached also made it interesting and easy to follow. All in all, I am happy how it turned out, and can tell you that I will be making it quite often. Thanks for sharing👌

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Hi Alberto, and thank you for your review. We are glad that you have enjoyed this recipe, and found it easy to follow. We try our best to make it easy, and delicious!

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Amber

Amazing recipe! I made it for some guests who came for dinner, and was looking for an easy dinner. This was just perfect and very delicious and tender pork loin recipe! Everyone enjoyed it, and I can say that is very good!

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Glad you and your friends loved it! thanks for the feedback!

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Mia

Hi there! This is a great recipe and quite easy to follow. My husband loved it and we have some leftover as well, which is always great) the brown sugar on top gave this dish a nice flavor balance with the garlic. Overall, it is a solid and easy dish, and we enjoyed it! 👌

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Thank you Mia for your feedback! Glad you enjoyed it!

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Will

Best pork loin recipe I made. The meat came out tender, juicy and flavorful. I love garlic so poking the meat with it was a great flavor booster. We loved this recipe, and will be making it more often! Thanks for sharing!

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Thank you for your feedback, Will. We are happy you loved it as much as we do!

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Emma

What a superb meal this turned out! I don’t write reviews, but this pork loin was really the best we had! It was just flavorful and juicy! Very happy how it turned out! Great recipe, thanks for sharing

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Natalia

Juicy and flavorful meat. It is a great pork loin recipe, and very delicious. We enjoyed it over some rice and veggies. Highly recommend this. Thanks!

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Jane

Can you drape bacon over it while it is cooking?

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Yes and it will be delicious!

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Inna

This is hands down the BEST pork loin recipe I’ve made. I am not a professional chef by any means, but I did my fair share of cooking. Tried many pork recipes in the past, including loin. But this one was my favorite of them all. I cooked it to about medium-well, and it was perfect. The meat was juicy and tender. The garlic flavor inside was also amaing, and the glaze is just a nice finish. It is an easy recipe, and this is the only way I will be cooking pork loing going forward. Thanks for sharing, and the video tutorial is also useful.

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Ernest

This is the BEST roasted pork loin recipe hands down. I followed thr exact steps and followed the video as well, it turned out succulent, flavorful, and delicious! Our family was very pleased. Thanks for the recipe!!!

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Thanks Ernest for your review. Happy you loved it!

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Glenda

Can u cook pork tenderloin in water

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yes

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Anna

Absolutely amazing loin recipe. We loved it a lot and it came out just as stated, juicy and tender! Thanks!!

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miriam Kratzer

Where is video that reviews are talking about. Is there something I have to download?

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the video is embedded in the post. About 1/3 up, please check it there.

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Kim Guy

So, I’m a little confused. Do you season first, then brown in the cast iron skillet? Or do you brown it then season? I’ve never made pork of any kind ever!

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season first and brown :)

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Angel McFarland

Just made this last night, so yummy! Love the whole garlic cloves added in. I used dark brown sugar. Wasnt sure if I should have used light but it was TASTY!

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Alice Pearson

How long do you cook two round pork loin about size of a hand

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Please follow the recipe directions and check the internal temperature of the loin, this way you will know exactly when its done.

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Susan Ellington

Trying this tonight....I never cook pork, but was given one of these...so thank you!

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Jennifer

So freakin' delicious!! First time making pork loin and so glad I decided on this recipe! I can't wait to make it again and again and again! Favorite part for me was finding and eating all the garlic cloves 🤭 Thank you for sharing such a wonderful recipe! P.S. Our home smelled soooooooo good, too!

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Laura

Made this recipe yesterday, and I am so happy I found your site. The loin came out perfectly tender and delicious! We served it over mashed potatoes and the whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing, this is by far the best pork recipe I made))

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Thanks Laura for your review! Happy you enjoyed our recipe!

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Linda

I just cooked a pork loin in the crockpot. Should I take it out and rest on a plate covered, or can I leave in pot with juices til we are ready to eat later on?...

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You can leave it in the crockpot with the juices, this way it will stay juicier and warm for longer.

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Jan McF

I never cooked a pork loin before but I wanted to cook for a homeless shelter where I volunteer. I bought two 8 lb one at Sam’s Club and will use 2 ovens. Would I cook it for 3 1/2 hours, with your recipe, then check it’s internal temp? Think I could make warm sandwiches with it? Thank you!!

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Oh wow those are some HUGE pork loins you got :) I would check the internal temperature after 2 hours of cooking and take it from there to see how long it needs to cook.

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Yvette

Should I cover this while cooking? Or uncovwred.?

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We do not cover it while cooking.

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Jaki Carland

I love this recipe! Ever since finding it, it is the only way I cook my pork loin. I do add extra brown sugar and black pepper for a sweet and savory pork loin. I pair with fresh corn on the cob and buttery mashed Yukon gold potatoes! Amazingly tasty and delicious! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

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I am so happy that you love it, thanks for the feedback.

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Deja

I followed this recipe with a few tweaks and I have to say this was hands down the best looking and tasting pork loins I've ever made.

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Kyle

I’m colorblind so it’s difficult for me to tell the color so my brother-in-law bought my dad a digital thermometer to check temperatures and that has improved the quality of my cooking in the sense of not drying out the meat immensely. So perhaps you might do that

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