Maple-Glazed Pork Roast with Smoked Paprika

This recipe for Maple-Glazed Pork Roast with a Smoked Paprika topping has got to be the easiest recipe with such a bold flavor I have made in a long time. Mixing seasonings with maple syrup at first seemed like it would be ultra-sweet. However, the end result was a juicy and moist roast with a touch of heat and just enough flavor. This recipe works because searing the meat ahead of time provides for the roast with the beginnings of a caramelized skin.

Maple-Glazed Pork Roast with steamed broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, maple glaze on mashed potatoes

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Published July 5, 2022
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Don’t forget the Paprika

It was not until the roast was ready to be roasted, the Maple-Glaze already warmed, that this momma realized she forgot to add the paprika. Not only did this derail me by an hour, but it also caused me to scrap the meal and start over.
Just kidding.
The smoked paprika was just sprinkled over the roast. Then I gave that lug of meat a quick little spin and popped that Dutch oven into the oven. Two hours later, viola, dinner is done! No one in the family even realized the chef made a fatal error. No one realized the smoked paprika was sprinkled on at the last minute, mainly because this Maple-Glazed Pork Roast was SO juicy and flavorful.

Cost for this recipe

The most expensive part of this recipe was the pork shoulder roast. It cost $1.99 at 6.88 pounds. Having a family of six brings with it the necessity to have this large of a roast.

Pork Roast $13.69
Vegetable oil $0.01
Salt $0.12
Paprika $0.00 – gift from my mother! Thanks mom, the smoked paprika tastes AMAZING
Cloves $0.07
Maple Syrup $1.60
Cinnamon $0.07
Cayenne pepper $0.28

The total cost for this meal, using all ALDI ingredients, was $15.84.
Not bad for a delicious dinner that everyone in the family really enjoyed.

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Maple-Glazed Pork Roast Recipe

Ingredients

1/3 cup maple syrup
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
2 tsp smoked paprika
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 (2 1/2-pound) boneless pork loin roast
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp vegetable oil

ingredients for Maple-Glazed Pork Roast on wooden cutting board

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and adjust the rack to the middle.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves and smoked paprika, then set aside.

3. Firstly, on a cutting board, pat the roast dry with paper towels. This is a Pork Shoulder Butt Roast weighing in at just shy of 6-pounds.

pork shoulder roast on wood cutting board

4. Secondly, using a chef knife, double butterfly the roast.
*To do this, hold the chef knife parallel to the cutting board, then insert the knife one-third of the way up from the bottom of the roast and cut horizontally, stopping 1/2-inch from the edge. Open the flap, then make another horizontal cut into the thicker portion of the roast. Open up the flap, smoothing out the butterflied rectangle of meat.

5. Season the butterflied roast with salt and pepper. For example, this recipe called for table salt, however I used Pink Himalayan salt.

Pork roast on cutting board seasoned with Salt and Pepper

6. Fold the pork roast and then using kitchen twine, tie the roast at 1 1/2-inch intervals.

Pork Shoulder Butt Roast on cutting board

7. Place 2 tsp vegetable oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking, then place the seasoned and tied roast, fat side down, in the skillet. Sear for 3 minutes, rotate, and then sear each side for 2 minutes.

7. When all sides are browned, transfer the roast to a large plate and then set aside.

rest seared pork roast while warming up maple glaze

8. Reduce the heat to medium and pour off the fat from the skillet, then add the maple syrup mixture and cook until just fragrant; around 30 seconds.

warming up the maple glaze in the Dutch oven after searing all sides

9. Turn off the heat and then return the roast to the skillet; using tongs, roll the roast in the glaze to coat each side.

10. Place the skillet with the pork roast and the maple glaze into the oven and roast for 35 to 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit. Rotate and roll the roast twice during roasting time with a tong. As this roast was 6-pounds, I chose to put the lid on with the hope the juices would stay and not completely dry out the roast.

Dutch oven  in the oven

11. Transfer the skillet from the oven onto the stovetop and then using a tong, remove the Maple-Glazed Pork Roast from the skillet onto a cutting board.

12. Let the skillet or saucepan rest with the drippings for 5 minutes to allow the glaze to thicken.

Maple-Glaze simmering on the stove in a medium saucepan

13. Pour the Maple Glaze over the Pork Roast and let rest for an additional 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit.

Elliana excited about dinner on the table

14. Remove the twine and cut the Maple-Glazed Pork Roast into 1/4-inch slices, serve and then enjoy!
~Monica

Maple-Glazed Pork Roast on cutting board after roasting

Recipe for Maple-Glazed Pork Roast

Ingredients for Maple-Glazed Pork Roast with Smoked Paprika

1/3 cup maple syrup
1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch ground cloves
2 tsp smoked paprika
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 (2 1/2-pound) boneless pork loin roast
3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tsp vegetable oil

Directions for Maple-Glazed Pork Roast with Smoked Paprika

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and adjust the rack to the middle.
2. In a medium bowl, stir together the maple syrup, cinnamon, cloves and smoked paprika, then set aside.
3. Firstly, on a cutting board, pat the roast dry with paper towels.
4. Secondly, using a chef knife, double butterfly the roast.
*To do this, hold the chef knife parallel to the cutting board, then insert the knife one-third of the way up from the bottom of the roast and cut horizontally, stopping 1/2-inch from the edge. Open the flap, then make another horizontal cut into the thicker portion of the roast. Open up the flap, smoothing out the butterflied rectangle of meat.
5. Season the butterflied roast with salt and pepper.
6. Fold the pork roast and then using kitchen twine, tie the roast at 1 1/2-inch intervals.
7. Place 2 tsp vegetable oil in a heavy 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking, then place the seasoned and tied roast, fat side down, in the skillet. Sear for 3 minutes, rotate, and then sear each side for 2 minutes.
7. When all sides are browned, transfer the roast to a large plate and then set aside.
8. Reduce the heat to medium and pour off the fat from the skillet, then add the maple syrup mixture and cook until just fragrant; around 30 seconds.
9. Turn off the heat and then return the roast to the skillet; using tongs, roll the roast in the glaze to coat each side.
10. Place the skillet with the pork roast and the maple glaze into the oven and roast for 35 to 45 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 140-145 degrees Fahrenheit. Rotate and roll the roast twice during roasting time with a tong.
11. Transfer the skillet from the oven onto the stovetop and then using a tong, remove the Maple-Glazed Pork Roast from the skillet onto a cutting board.
12. Let the skillet or saucepan rest with the drippings for 5 minutes to allow the glaze to thicken.
13. Pour the Maple Glaze over the Pork Roast and let rest for an additional 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 150 degrees Fahrenheit.
14. Remove the twine and cut the Maple-Glazed Pork Roast into 1/4-inch slices, serve and then enjoy!
~Monica

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I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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