Herbed Pork Roast with Balsamic and Herbs

Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze

This Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is festive enough to serve your family and friends over the holidays, but you’ll never have to tell your guests just how easy it was to make. That can be our little secret! 

Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze on a platter with fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs as garnish. - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

One of my favorite ways to ensure tenderness when it comes to cooking a protein (almost any type), is to first give the meat a little splash of balsamic vinegar, and then let it sit for about 20 minutes before cooking.

That’s my trick, and it’s one that lends a tenderness (and slight sweetness) to this recipe for Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze. While this glazed pork roast is very festive to serve during the holiday season, it would also be utterly delicious in the summer when cooked on the grill.

**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is available near the end of this post. 

This Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is festive enough to serve your family and friends over the holidays, but you'll never have to tell your guests just how easy it was to make. That can be our little secret! - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com 

The ingredient list;

  • 3 – 3½ pound pork roast
  • red onion
  • Granny Smith apple
  • balsamic vinegar
  • whole berry cranberry sauce, store-bought or homemade
  • fresh thyme, rosemary, sage
  • salt and pepper
  • garlic powder
  • fresh cranberries for garnish, optional

Why use vinegar in a pork roast recipe?

As I mentioned earlier, I use balsamic vinegar often when it comes to adding flavor and to tenderize cuts of meat. It works like a charm. I’ve used the method many times. Another ingredient I also like to use is apple cider vinegar to tenderize proteins. However, the apple cider vinegar doesn’t lend the touch of sweetness that a balsamic vinegar will.

The easy to follow step-by-step photo tutorial;

Dinner will be on the table in a little over an hour!

  • Place one sliced red onion, one sliced granny smith apple, whole fresh sage leaves, and several sprigs of fresh rosemary in the bottom of a roasting pan.
  • Place a 3 – 3½ pork roast on top of the onions, apples, and herbs, fat side up.
  • Pour ½ cup of balsamic vinegar evenly over the entire roast.  
  • Allow the roast to sit for at least 20 minutes on the counter. 

How to make Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Glaze - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Liberally season the roast with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Top the roast with additional fresh rosemary sprigs, and some fresh thyme.
  • Place the roast in the oven (on the center rack) for approximately 60 minutes.
  • Remove the roast from the oven and top evenly with a can of whole berry cranberry sauce.
  • Return the roast back into the oven and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the pork reaches 140 degrees (approximately 30 additional minutes).
  • Remove the roast and cover with foil.
  • Allow the meat to rest at least 10 minutes before placing the roast on a serving platter and slicing to your desired thickness.

How to make Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Glaze - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

Since pork can sometimes be dry, using the balsamic vinegar along with the topping of the cranberry relish makes each slice of this Christmas Pork Roast so juicy and delectable that a knife is almost optional! 

Sliced Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com

Other recipe examples of using vinegar as a marinade for proteins;

The following recipes are two delicious examples of both of these methods. The first uses the balsamic vinegar to impart a touch of sweetness, and the second uses apple cider vinegar to give a bit of tartness. Both methods tenderize the proteins, making them juicy and succulent.

Roast Turkey with Balsamic Herbed Butter

Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

 

 

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On the off chance that you have any leftovers this Glazed Pork Roast makes the best sandwiches! Might I suggest adding a thick slice (or two) on a kaiser roll with a touch of mayonnaise, a little mustard, and add a big appetite!

Open wide!! 🙂

Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze. If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

4 from 2 votes
Balsamic Herbed Pork Roast Recipe
Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
1 hr 30 mins
Total Time
2 hrs
 

This Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is festive enough to serve your family and friends over the holidays. But, you'll never have to tell your guests just how easy it was to make. That can be our little secret!

Course: Main Course, pork roast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Christmas Pork Roast, cranberry glazed pork roast
Servings: 8
Calories: 260 kcal
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Ingredients
  • 1 - 3 - 3½ pound boneless pork roast
  • 1 red onion sliced
  • 1 Granny Smith apple cored and sliced
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 8 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 8 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 15 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • Additional fresh herbs for garnish optional
  • Fresh cranberries for garnish optional
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the sliced apples, onions and some of the fresh herbs in the bottom of the roasting pan, reserving some of the fresh herbs for later.
  3. Place the pork roast on top of the onions and apples, fat side up.
  4. Pour the balsamic vinegar evenly over the roast.
  5. Allow the roast to rest for at least 20 minutes.
  6. Season the roast with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  7. Add a few additional rosemary and thyme sprigs on top of the roast.
  8. Place the roast into the preheated oven (center rack) and roast for 60 minutes.

  9. Remove the roast from the oven and cover the top of the roast evenly with the whole berry cranberry sauce.
  10. Return the roast to the oven and continue cooking until the internal temperature of the roast reaches 140 degrees (approximately an additional 30 minutes).

  11. Remove the roast from the oven, and cover with foil.
  12. Allow the roast to sit for at least 10 minutes before placing it on a serving platter and slicing to your desired thickness.
  13. Garnish with fresh cranberries and additional fresh herbs if desired.

  14. Serve and enjoy!
Recipe Notes

Tools and equipment:

1 roasting pan, aluminum foil, measuring cup, chef's knife, cutting board, meat thermometer

Nutrition Facts
Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 260 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 107mg36%
Sodium 669mg29%
Potassium 717mg20%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 5g6%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 90IU2%
Vitamin C 3.9mg5%
Calcium 25mg3%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed today’s recipe for Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze as much as I’ve enjoyed bringing it to you!

This Christmas Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is festive enough to serve your family and friends over the holidays, but you'll never have to tell your guests just how easy it was to make. That can be our little secret! - kudoskitchenbyrenee.com 

I’m coordinating this delicious pork roast recipe with one of my very favorite hand painted aprons from one of my very favorite celebrity chef’s of all time, Julia Child. 

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25 Comments

  1. I love the cranberry glaze, gives it the final touch of perfection!

  2. This looks so incredible!!!!

  3. What a festive, GORGEOUS pork roast! I especially love that cranberry relish glaze – such a great flavor for this season!

  4. Renee, that pork looks SO very inviting and will be perfect for Christmas dinner! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. I just love that glaze, and the roast looks amazing — perfect for our New Year’s Day dinner!

  6. That looks out of this world delicious!!

  7. I had no idea you could use balsamic vinegar in this way…thank you so much for the tip.

  8. This looks amazing, what a great presentation!

  9. Move over turkey I want pork and cranberry relish!

  10. 5 stars
    This is such a good idea. I can just taste the acid from the vinegar, the sweet, and the tang of the cranberry! What a perfect match for pork!

  11. I always make the same boring roast! Ive been looking to try something different! This did not disappoint! It was melt in your mouth delicious! Sweet and savory!

  12. 5 stars
    Delicious bit the cooking time was off. Took over an hour and a half

    • Hello, Lawrence!
      Every oven is different, which is why I made sure to add the correct internal pork temperature of 160 in the recipe.
      I’m really happy you enjoyed the flavor. This recipe can also be made with larger pork roasts, but then the cooking time would be even longer.
      Best practice is always taking the internal temperature of any protein before slicing and serving.
      Wishing you a wonderful day!
      Renee

  13. The seasoning sounds fantastic with your pork roast. Just the way I like it. I wish I could have some now.

  14. Balsamic vinegar is one of my favorite secret ingredients too – that glaze looks incredible!

  15. 5 stars
    I love glazes with balsamic and the cranberries make this look so elegant! What a showstopper!

  16. 5 stars
    This is such an amazing centerpiece for Christmas! Really gorgeous!

  17. Not only for Christmas, I also can cook it for family’s small party, especially my family love roast food. I think I can also try it with chicken. Many thanks for sharing.

    • Thank you so much for your comment and I LOVE that you’ll serve this throughout the entire year. I also think the cranberry glaze will be excellent on chicken!!! Great idea!
      Enjoy, and have a great day!
      Renee

  18. Pork is usually first choice for my list food, so I often look for more recipe of pork. So I saved it and cook it soon . Thanks a lot for the post.

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