I love easy dinners, and this Brown Sugar Dijon Crusted Pork Roast definitely qualifies as easy...it's not only easy, but the resting period after roasting it allows for plenty of time to finish off your veggies or other side dishes. Plus, it's a crowd-pleasing favorite with it's sticky, tangy, crusted coating! Serve with my red skin mashed potatoes and garlic green beans for a fantastic dinner meal!!
Brown Sugar Dijon Crusted Pork Roast
This is such a quick and easy dinner that it definitely deserves to be called a 'go-to' recipe! All it takes is a nice big pork roast portion and just a few ingredients that are staples in my home, and you're ready to go!
The tangy and sweet flavor is perfect in this sticky pork roast glaze! I do recommend the coarse ground Dijon, although that is just a preference with this roast. You can certainly use whatever Dijon mustard you have on hand 🙂
How To Cook A Pork Roast
To best ensure that your cooking times will be as close to the times mentioned here and in the recipe card with video, your pork roast should be completely thawed! Trying to cook a roast that is completely cold, or still frozen in the center, will drastically affect your results and increase the cooking time needed.
Also, if you can allow your roast to set on the counter and take the chill from the refrigerator off, you will have a huge advantage for a quick cooking time. I usually set my roasts out about 30 minutes prior to preheating my oven.
Preheat your oven to 375 ºF ( 190 ºC ) and grease your baking dish with either olive oil or a non-stick cooking spray.
In a small bowl, combine the light brown sugar, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, paprika, ground sage, salt, and pepper. Use a basting brush to coat the entire surface of your pork roast ( top, bottom, and sides ) then place the roast into your baking dish.
Roast in the oven uncovered at 375 ºF ( 190 ºC ) for 35 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 145 ºF ( 63 ºC ). Remove the roasted pork from the oven and 'tent' the aluminum foil loosely over the roast. Allow the pork roast to rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.
*When roasting, the times may vary depending on several factors. Check the roast's internal temperature with a digital meat thermometer to ensure that your roast has reached at least 145 degrees F and is done. See USDA food safety guidelines.
Update: We are using a larger pork roast in the video below (4 lbs, recipe doubled for the glaze) and roasted for 1 hour 10 minutes. We only rested the roast for 20 minutes before slicing it up to serve...and who can blame us, the house was filled with the amazing smell of this roast!
Pork Roast Cooking Times
Pork roasts should be cooked in the oven at a minimum temperature of 350 ºF ( 175 ºC ).
It is generally 20 minutes per pound of pork roast when cooking at 350 ºF. I am cooking at a slightly higher temperature and allowing the roast to finish cooking while resting.
Since the Brown Sugar Dijon Crusted Pork Roast is still being removed from the oven at the lowest safe internal temperature, it could have a pink interior. However, if you wait the full resting period this should not be the case.
Brown Sugar Dijon Crusted Pork Roast
- 2 lb pork roast (shoulder or rump, trimmed of excess fat)
- ½ cup light brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard (coarse ground recommended)
- 1 Tbsp honey
- 1 Tbsp garlic (minced)
- 1 tsp paprika
- ¼ Tbsp ground sage
- ½ tsp each, salt & pepper (to taste)
- Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and grease your baking dish with either olive oil or a non-stick cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, combine the light brown sugar, Dijon mustard, honey, garlic, paprika, ground sage, salt, and pepper. Use a basting brush and coat the entire surface of the completely thawed pork roast (top, bottom, and sides) then place into your baking dish.
- Roast in the oven at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 35 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 145 - 150 degrees F (63 - 66 degrees C). Remove the roasted pork from the oven and over with aluminum foil loosely, and allow the pork roast to rest for 15-20 minutes before serving.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!