Mom's Garlic Pork Roast Recipe
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Mom's Garlic Pork Roast Recipe

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Mom cooked for 11 children, so her menus usually featured basic, simple foods. But on New Year's Day, she always treated us to this special pork roast. All of us kids agree this was our mom's best meal! — Ruby Williams, Bogalusa, Louisiana
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 30 min. + standing
MAKES:8 servings
Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 1 hour 30 min. + standing
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 medium green pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bone-in pork loin roast (5 pounds)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving equals 298 calories, 13 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 114 mg cholesterol, 399 mg sodium, 2 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 40 g protein. Diabetic Exchange: 5 lean meat.


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a small bowl, mix celery, green pepper, green onions and garlic.
  2. Place roast in a roasting pan, fat side up. With a sharp knife, make deep slits into top of roast, cutting between ribs. Fill each with vegetable mixture. Sprinkle roast with salt and cayenne.
  3. Roast 1-3/4 to 2-1/4 hours or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°). Remove roast from oven; tent with foil. Let stand 15 minutes before carving. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Garlic Pork Roast in Taste of Home December/January 1994, p37

Light-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied red wine such as Pinot Noir.

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Reviewed Jan. 19, 2016

"This was delicious. Only a few changes: I used a butt roast instead of loin roast. Cooked at 300 degrees about 18 min/lb and I skipped the green peppers. Turned out very moist. Will make again."

Reviewed Dec. 31, 2015

"Fab!!! A grocery store butcher will cut any roast you request. Any pork with the bone will be more tender & have more flavor than boneless. I eliminated the green pepper, I think they take over a dish. Other than that a real keeper, thanks for sharing,"

Reviewed Nov. 22, 2015

"My mom recently made this a we stuffed the roast with garlic cloves and did not use any other seasonings. It was phenomenal!"

Reviewed Apr. 27, 2015

"Have never seen a bone-in pork loin at the supermarket but the boneless loin works great as long as you pull it from the oven @ 145 degrees. My 5 1/4 lbs loin cooked perfect in 2 hours. If you have to have bone-in and use a butt, you must cook low and slow @ 225 degrees or it will be tough at higher temps."

Reviewed May. 9, 2013

"I couldn't find bone-in pork loin roast here so I used butt roast instead. It took 4 hours to get to 145 degrees and although the flavor was great, the meat was pretty tough. In the end, we threw the meat into a dutch oven with some beef broth for another 2 hours at 300 degrees. It was much more tender."

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