Best Pork Roast (in oven!)


The best oven baked pork roast recipe made with tender potatoes and carrots served with a delicious savory gravy. 

Make this easy pork roast in oven for a filling meal that will serve a crowd!

oven baked pork roast surrounded by potatoes and carrots

This oven baked pork roast recipe is one of our most popular dinners on Fit Foodie Finds. It has hundreds of 5-star ratings and so many of you love it!

With savory flavors from a simple pork dry rub and hearty vegetables, this pork roast will leave your house smelling so delicious. I love how the outside of this pork roast is nice and crispy and the meat is so tender and fall-off-the-bone. My family begs me to make this one-pot meal every week!

Simply season and sear your pork shoulder roast to crisp up the sides. Then, cook it in the oven with potatoes and onions until the meat is tender and juicy. Use the drippings to prepare a simple gravy and serve!

Best Cut of Pork for Pork Roast

This recipe calls for a boneless pork shoulder roast. Pork butt also works, but a pork shoulder is definitely the best cut of pork for this because it’s a bit fattier and will come out so tender and juicy.

cuts of pork image.

PS: If you’re like, man, I wish this was an Instant Pot Pork Roast recipe or I wish this was a Slow Cooker Pork Roast — we have tons of other pork roast recipes on FFF.

pork shoulder patted with dry rub

Pork Roast Ingredients

My favorite thing about this pork roast recipe is that not only does this meal provide the protein, but it’s also made with tons of veggies and gravy too!

  • Meat: This recipe calls for a 3 lb. pork shoulder roast, which means you’ll either be able to serve the whole fam, or cook a meal you can easily (and deliciously) reheat throughout the week from leftovers. We recommend a pork shoulder, but a pork butt works too.
  • Veggies: you need russet potatoes, onion, and carrots.
  • Seasonings: Not only does the pork rub season your pork, but it also flavors the gravy you’ll make at the end. It features garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, and paprika.

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One of our most famous seasonings on Fit Foodie Finds is our Pork Dry Rub. If you have it on hand, feel free to use that instead!

Gravy: This gravy is simple yet delicious! And because the dry rub completely covers your roast, it will infuse its savory flavors into this gravy as well. Here’s what else you need:

  • Chicken broth
  • Maple syrup
  • Worcestershire sauce
seared pork shoulder in a stock pot

Recommended Kitchen Tools

Set yourself up for pork roast success! Here are our go-to pork roast kitchen must-haves.

How to Thicken Gravy

While we didn’t find it necessary to thicken the gravy, you’re more than welcome to do so.

Combine 3 tablespoons of the pan drippings with 1 to 2 teaspoons of corn starch and whisk. Then, add the slurry back into the rest of the gravy and whisk to combine.

pork shoulder surrounded by veggies and ready to be roasted

FAQs About Cooking Pork Roast in the Oven

What Cut of Pork Should I use?

We knew we wanted to make a fairly traditional pork roast recipe, so we were deciding between two cuts of meat: a pork loin roast or pork shoulder roast.

  • Pork Loin Roast: A pork loin roast comes from the back of the pig. It’s typically a very lean piece of meat, so if you are slow roasting, you have to be careful you don’t overcook it. In this recipe, if you use a pork loin roast it will be more of a pork chop texture that requires slicing when eating.
  • Pork Shoulder Roast:  A pork shoulder comes from the shoulder of a pig. It typically has more fat, which makes it great for slow roasting. We recommend this cut of meat for this recipe because it’s a super juicy, fattier, and tender.

Have a bigger or smaller roast?

If you have a bigger or smaller roast, no fear! Cooking meat is all about temperature and the goal here is to get your pork to 145ºF.

For a smaller roast, start with 45 minutes and check the temperature every 10 minutes. For a larger roast, add on time to our suggested 75 minutes in 5-10 minute increments.

Will my pork roast fall off the bone?

It depends! You’ll see in these photos that we had a fattier cut of pork shoulder, and it was more fall off the bone. But if you get a leaner shoulder of pork (there is some fattiness variation between pig shoulders!), it’s more likely that you’ll have to slice the pork when you serve it.

How do I flavor pork roast?

You can flavor pork with any of your favorite spice rubs. We recommend the best dry rub for pork. No matter what spice rub you use, be sure to use enough SALT as it will help tenderize the pork!

Can I overcook pork roast?

It is hard to overcook a pork roast! Especially since it’s a fattier cut of meat. There is a sweet spot when the pork becomes tender and falls off the bone. When that happens, keep an eye on the pork before it becomes too mushy!

What to serve with Pork roast

Pork roast goes well with just about anything! It tends to be a heavier meal, so pairing it with something a little lighter is always a good idea! Here are a few of our favorite pairings with this slow cooker pork roast:

How long does pork roast last?

To store this oven roasted pork roast, let the pork cool completely before placing it in an air-tight container. You can keep the pork roast in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 7 days!

perfectly cooked pork roast on a serving platter

How to Store Leftover Pork Roast

Let your pork roast cool completely. Then, transfer the pork and veggies into an airtight container. Refrigerate for up to 3-5 days.

pork shoulder

Ultimate Pork Roast Recipe

The ultimate fall meal is this recipe for pork roast in the oven. It has the perfect crust on the outside and super tender meat on the inside. Plus, it’s made with roasted veggies and an epic gravy.

Prep:25 minutes

Cook:1 hour 15 minutes

Total:1 hour 40 minutes

Fat 23

Carbs 31

Protein 33


  • First, preheat oven to 350ºF. Then, remove your pork shoulder from the packaging and use a paper towel to pat it dry. Place it on a large plate and set aside.

  • Next, mix together all of the spices (garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, paprika, coarse sea salt, ground pepper, cinnamon, and brown sugar) in a small bowl and then rub it on all sides of the pork shoulder. Let pork sit in the fridge while you prep the rest of the recipe.

  • Cut russet potatoes into 1-inch large chunks and dice a yellow onion and 6 large carrots into big pieces. Set aside.

  • In a large cast-iron stockpot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat. When the olive oil is fragrant, sear all 4 sides of your pork shoulder for 2 minutes per side or until it begins to brown. Remove the pork shoulder and place it on a plate.

  • Pour a little of the broth onto the bottom of your hot stockpot, and use a wooden spoon to scrape off all the bits. Then, transfer all of the diced veggies onto the bottom of your stockpot and toss it in the broth and oil. Then, place the seared pork shoulder (fat-side up) on top of the veggies. Make sure to also transfer as much of the spice rub as possible that fell off the pork shoulder as that flavors the gravy.

  • In a medium bowl, mix together the rest of the chicken broth, maple syrup, and Worchestershire sauce. Then, pour over the top of the pork shoulder.

  • Place stockpot into the oven, uncovered, and roast at 350ºF for 60 minutes. Then, remove from oven and measure the internal temperature of the pork. Continue cooking in increments of 10 minutes until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 145ºF. Our 3 lb. pork shoulder took around 75-80 minutes.

  • Remove pork roast from the oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving. During this time, the pork will continue to cook 5-10 degrees. 

  • Toss the roasted veggies in the gravy that is in the pot so that the veggies are nice and coated with amazing flavor. 

  • Serve pork roast sliced and with veggies and extra gravy.

Tips & Notes

  • Gravy: option to add more chicken broth at the end to create more gravy. You can also thicken it with cornstarch if that’s your jam.
  • Meat options: a pork shoulder roast will give you more fall-off-the-bone pork and a pork loin roast or pork butt (which have less fat) will give you a classic, sliced pork roast. We recommend a pork shoulder over any other cut of pork.

Nutrition facts

Calories: 461kcal Carbohydrates: 31g Protein: 33g Fat: 23g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 7g

Photography: photos taken in this post are by Erin from The Wooden Skillet.


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