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Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze

This festive Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze is special 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! 

A vertical closeup of a sliced Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze with fresh herbs and whole cranberries on the platter.

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.

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The ingredient list:

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Why this recipe works:

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.

Here is my favorite recipe for homemade cranberry relish.

An offset horizontal photo of a sliced holiday Pork Roast on a platter with fresh herbs and cranberries as garnish.

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, apple cider vinegar doesn’t lend the touch of sweetness that a balsamic vinegar will.

How long does it take to make this recipe?

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

The prep work is minimal, and then the oven will do all the hard work while you rest and relax until dinner time.

What is the proper temperature for cooked pork?

The proper minimum internal temperature for cooked pork is 145-degrees Fahrenheit.

Take the pork roast out of the oven when the temperature is 140-degrees as it will increase in temperature as it sits before carving.

The benefit of a balsamic vinegar marinade:

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! 

How to ensure your pork roast isn’t dry:

Remove the pork roast from the oven once the internal temperature reaches 140-degrees Fahrenheit on an instant-read thermometer.

Cover the pork roast loosely with foil and allow it to rest before carving for at least 10-15 minutes.

How to make pork roast with cranberry relish glaze:

  • 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. 
  • 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 carving board and slicing to your desired thickness.
Sliced Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze on a platter with fresh herbs and cranberries.

Additional main course recipes using vinegar marinade:

The first one uses 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.

This make-ahead roast turkey will be the most succulent and flavorful turkey you’ve ever made, thanks to the herb butter and balsamic vinegar!

Roast Turkey with Balsamic Herbed Butter

Cooking these slow-roasted baby back ribs in the oven, or on the outdoor BBQ, you can achieve maximum flavor with minimum ingredients that will ensure great meaty flavor, and quality tenderness.

Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs

Leftover suggestions:

On the off chance that you have any leftovers of this Glazed Pork Roast, it 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!! 🙂

Dishes to serve alongside Roast Pork with Cranberry Glaze:

*Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes (shown below)

Why not give traditional mashed potatoes a little update? Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes are easy to make and taste amazing!!

A white oval bowl filled with Pimento Cheese Mashed Potatoes along with some russet potatoes in the background.

*Sautéed Brussels Sprout with Candied Bacon (shown below)

If you’ve never been a fresh Brussels sprouts fan before this recipe for Sautéed Brussels Sprouts with Sweet & Spicy Candied Bacon just may change your mind!

Sauteed Brussels Sprouts in a white bowl with a spoon.

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Below is the printable recipe card along with the exact ingredient measurements and nutritional information for making today’s easy and festive pork roast recipe.

If you’ve made this recipe, or are excited to make this recipe, I’d appreciate it if you’d take a moment to leave it a star rating in the recipe card, along with a comment if you’re so inclined. Thank you. 🙂

Yield: 8 servings

Pork Roast with Cranberry Relish Glaze

Balsamic Herbed Pork Roast Recipe

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!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes

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
  • 1½ 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!

Notes

Tools and equipment:

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

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Nutrition Information

Yield

8

Serving Size

2 slices

Amount Per Serving Calories 701Total Fat 43gSaturated Fat 16gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 23gCholesterol 179mgSodium 671mgCarbohydrates 29gFiber 5gSugar 18gProtein 48g

The nutritional information and calorie count provided is intended as a guideline only and has been provided by third-party software.

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Wilhelmina

Wednesday 2nd of December 2020

This is such a fabulous mix of flavors! I love the sweet tart combo and it makes such a pretty finished dish!

Renée

Thursday 3rd of December 2020

Thanks, Wilhelmina! I'm so glad you think so, also. Renee

Lasesana

Monday 1st of April 2019

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.

Renée

Monday 1st of April 2019

You're welcome! Enjoy the recipe!

lisarit

Thursday 28th of March 2019

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.

Renée

Thursday 28th of March 2019

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

Toni

Thursday 20th of December 2018

This is such an amazing centerpiece for Christmas! Really gorgeous!

Renée

Friday 21st of December 2018

Thank you, Toni!!

Sara

Thursday 20th of December 2018

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

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