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Applesauce Pork Loin Recipe

Applesauce Pork Loin Recipe

I sampled this tasty pork roast in a commercial cooking course I took years ago and saved the recipe. Later, I converted it to family-size, and it's become a favorite. -Vikki Rebholz, West Chester, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1 hour + standing YIELD:10-12 servings


  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (3 pounds)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 fresh rosemary sprigs


  • 1. Sprinkle roast with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown roast on all sides in oil. Place on a rack in a shallow roasting pan. Combine the applesauce, mustard and honey; spread over roast. Top with rosemary.
  • 2. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 1 to 1-1/4 hours or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Yield: 10-12 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 180 calories, 8g fat (2g saturated fat), 56mg cholesterol, 226mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 22g protein.

Reviews for Applesauce Pork Loin

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sjpoor User ID: 2565047 245229
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2016

"Tried this last night and we loved it. It is the first time I can ever recall my husband asking what I did to make it so tender. Definitely a keeper."

misscoffeepot User ID: 7519492 232712
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"This would be a nice presentation for a hosted dinner. The applesauce kept the roast moist."

dianethorsen User ID: 1577348 50450
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2014

"delicious! applesauce mix made it extra moist and flavorful."

kathykue User ID: 4407338 54566
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2014

"Awesome! I made this for my friend and we both loved it! Definitely going into my Family Favorites file."

genevachar User ID: 5555404 67930
Reviewed Dec. 12, 2013

"Excellent! I used 1/3 of the mustard (I used yellow, that is all I had). I will for sure make this again."

Billl Muck User ID: 5770091 50351
Reviewed Nov. 21, 2013

"I made this following the recipe exactly and it turned out moist, tender and tasting AMAZING!!! My new fave!!!"

drighi User ID: 3861997 62419
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2013

"Perfect every time. I gave this recipe to everyone I could after I tried it the first time. Giving er a try on the barbeque tonight (wrapping it in foil). I'll post again to let you all know how it worked out!"

SDawsonH User ID: 4778352 54563
Reviewed Jul. 4, 2013

"I adapted this recipe for the crockpot. Just cook on low for eight hours...couldn't be easier! I really like how the apple and rosemary flavors complemented each other. This was a great dinner and I look forward to making it again."

Centercut User ID: 7286747 47153
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2013

"Can't wait to try it on the grill"

tommypoo User ID: 1263135 54549
Reviewed Mar. 1, 2013

"I would make this again, leaving out the mustard."

susnan User ID: 4129354 41441
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2013

"My husband and I love this. I didn't have rosemary sprigs, so I added about 1/8 tsp of crushed rosemary to the applesauce mixture. It's a keeper!"

Aleece User ID: 1370193 88222
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2012

"This is a keeper! The pork was tender, juicy, and the picky kids and picky hubs all loved it!"

cwonyg User ID: 1052637 205475
Reviewed Sep. 9, 2012

"Excellent flavor and I forgot the rosemary!! Oops!"

beccar1778 User ID: 6669107 138336
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2012

"OMG!!!! I totally was not expecting this recipe to be as good as it was. The pork loin was moist and juicy with a flavor that was out of this world. I was out of fresh rosemary so I substituted 1 1/2 tsp of dried and it came out great. This is going to be the only way I cook pork loin from now on."

hopiesauntie User ID: 3256068 134188
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"This is so good! Very easy and tender and so much flavor! I agree that the rosemary makes the dish!"

dobychop User ID: 1423539 54546
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"Very tasty. The only thing was it made a lot of sauce so next time I might adjust the recipe. The entire family enjoyed it."

westsider User ID: 3150063 88221
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2012

"I own a small cafe I made this for a weeknight special my customers raved about this dish. It is now a regular go to."

TJTrails User ID: 1261407 128465
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"Maybe I got lucky with the pork loin I picked, but this recipe produced pork that melted in our mouths. The best pork loin I ever made."

debbie3sons User ID: 5273683 54628
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"This is my 4th time making this. My family of 5 loves it, applesauce on the side is good with it!!"

debbie3sons User ID: 5273683 125213
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2011

"This is the 4th time I have made this recipe my family of 5 loves it. We even eat it with some applesauce on the side"

Callendergrl81 User ID: 5490387 138331
Reviewed Oct. 19, 2010

"OMG.. SO delish!! The only thing I did different was instead of Dijon mustard I used Honey Dijon mustard..and it was very good! Don't forget the rosmary because I think it is what makes this dish. YUM!"

805ness User ID: 3541516 128209
Reviewed Feb. 16, 2010

"My family said it was the moistest pork loin they've ever tasted. We loved it."

pattiach99 User ID: 1820721 47150
Reviewed Jan. 27, 2010

"The whole family enjoyed this recipe. The pork was tender and had a delicious flavor."

janicestar User ID: 345564 91451
Reviewed Aug. 25, 2009

"Wonderful recipe and printing it off. I love the applesauce with the meat."

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Wine Pairings

Medium-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied white wine such as Riesling or Gewürtztraminer