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Pork Roast with Orange Sauce

In this post I’m sharing how to make a beautiful Pork Roast with Orange Sauce.

Y’all, this pork roast is amazing! We just love it. It is so easy to prepare…and when I mean easy, you could have it for dinner any night of the week. 

The pork roast can also be beautifully garnished making it special enough for your main course for Thanksgiving or Christmas. The fresh orange sauce is the special finishing touch to this pork dish.

The sauce has all of the wonderful spices and aromas of the holiday season. It would be great with chicken too.

I know most of us have the traditional turkey for Thanksgiving, myself included, then switch up the main course for Christmas with ham, prime rib, or a pork roast.

The marinade and sauce would also work with other cuts of pork if you preferred to have pork chops or a pork tenderloin. The cooking method for those cuts of meat would differ but everything else remains the same.


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What internal temperature should a pork roast be cooked to? Always follow the current safe cooking guidelines when cooking meats. Presently, pork should be cooked to between 145 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 

How do I keep a pork roast juicy? To ensure a juicy pork roast avoid over cooking, baste while cooking if instructed in the recipe, and allow the pork roast to rest before carving.


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What type of pork roast is used for this recipe? I used a boneless pork rib end roast in this recipe.

How do I cook a pork loin for this recipe? A pork loin is a cut that requires fast cooking at a higher temperature. Grilling works great. Just marinate per the recipe then grill while basting during cooking then serve with the orange sauce.

How do I cook pork chops for this recipe? Pork chops can be marinated then pan seared until done then served with the orange sauce on the side.

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What do I serve with pork roast? If this is a main course for a holiday meal, serve with all of your favorite holiday sides. For family dinners, serve with one or two vegetables sides of choice.

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Look at how beautiful the sauce is y’all! See all of those seasonal spices? This sauce is on the sweeter side and works well with the savory marinated pork. 

Below you will find the full step by step recipe card, it’s printable too. 

Pork Roast with Orange Sauce

Yield: 1 Pork Roast

Pork Roast with Orange Sauce

Perfectly cooked juicy pork roast recipe

A delicious and juicy marinated pork roast with a fresh orange sauce. This is an easy main course for weekday meals and elegant enough for holidays.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes



  • 1/4 c Lemon Juice
  • 1/4 c Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 c Chicken Stock (or white wine)
  • 1 Garlic Clove, peeled and pressed
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger


  • 2.5 lb Boneless Pork Rib End Roast
  • 1/2 tsp Paprika
  • Salt and Cracked Black Pepper, to taste

Orange Sauce

  • 1/3 c Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbs Cornstarch
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 20 Whole Cloves, tied in a cheesecloth bag
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • The Zest of 1 Orange, about 2 tablespoons
  • 1 c Orange Juice
  • 4 Orange Slices, halved


  • 1 Orange, sliced for garnish



  1. Combine all of the marinade ingredients together in a large measuring cup.
  2. Add the pork roast to a large plastic storage bag or food storage container and cover with the marinade. Refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.

Cooking the Pork Roast

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (176°C).
  2. Remove the pork roast from the marinade and place into a baking dish. Add the marinade to the baking dish to keep the pork moist during cooking and for basting.
  3. Salt and pepper the pork roast and top with paprika.
  4. Bake for 1.5 hours, basting every half hour, or until the pork has an internal temperature of 145-165°F.
  5. If needed, add a small bit of stock or water to the bottom of the baking dish if the marinade evaporates.
  6. Remove the pork roast from the oven and cover with foil and allow to rest for 20 minutes before carving.

Orange Sauce

  1. Place the sugar, cornstarch, salt, cloves, cinnamon, orange zest and orange juice in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until thickened.
  2. Remove the cloves pouch from the sauce then add the orange slices, cover and remove from the heat. Allow the sauce to sit for 10 minutes then remove the orange slices and transfer the sauce to a serving dish.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

About 1/3 pound

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 636Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 577mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 46g

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Pork Roast with Orange Sauce

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Betty Greeley

Tuesday 19th of October 2021

Can you freeze the leftovers? Usually there is just my husband and me. It sounds so good. I would love to make it and then freeze dinner portions.

Julia Jordan

Thursday 21st of October 2021

Yes, it should freeze just fine. Enjoy! ~Julia

Miz Helen

Tuesday 19th of November 2019

What a great recipe for Pork Roast! Thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday, 457. Hope you are having a great week and come back to see us real soon! Miz Helen


Saturday 16th of November 2019

Yum, I am always looking for new pork recipes. Thanks for sharing at the Weekend Potluck. I am pining this recipe to try later.

Julia Jordan

Saturday 16th of November 2019

Erica, Thank you and I hope you enjoy the recipe.


Wednesday 13th of November 2019

This sounds so flavorful! I don't do citrus with savory nearly enough and I should change that.

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