Sage and Apple Roasted Pork Loin

Recipe by Mandy Pagano

Recipe originally published on on 2/25/20. It has been lightly edited for re-publication.


This one is a beauty. It's super simple to make a tender and juicy pork loin roast that's flavorful as heck, and compliment it with a delicious pan sauce.

Now, you may have noticed the word 'apple' in the title. That's not a misprint. No, I do not use apples. But the fruity flavor profile is a really nice and classic compliment to the salty, savory, herby goodness of the pork roast, and so I figured out a way to add back that tasty apple punch without actually adding any apples proper.

How, you ask?

Simple. Apple extract.

Now, if you have a hard time finding it in the stores, you can easily get Apple Extract online at Amazon, or from my personal favorite, Olive Nation. Trust me, it's worth the effort, and it's also nice to keep in the cupboard for when Fall rolls back around (apple pie, anyone?).

Notes: Make sure you have a meat thermometer on hand. An instant read is best. Pork loin is super easy to overcook (which makes for dry and kinda gross eating), and is best cooked to medium, but you will want to test the temperature to be certain it's met at least 145 degrees F (and then rest it for a good ten minutes or so) so that any lurking nasties will be sure to have died. Yes, the center will be pink. Trust me, this is how pork should be eaten.

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Sage and Apple Roasted Pork Loin

  •  Author: Mandy Pagano
  •  Prep Time: 5 minutes
  •  Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  •  Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
  •  Yield: 10 servings
  •  Method: Oven Roasted
  •  Cuisine: American
  •  Keywords: comfort-food, paleo, fancy, simple, impressive, pork-roast


  • 3 lb (48 oz/ 1361 g) pork loin roast
  • 1/4 c (2 fl oz/ 59 ml) bacon drippings, solidified
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 2 tsp dried sage
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 c (16 fl oz/ 473 ml) water
  • 2 tsp apple extract
  • 1/2-1 tsp konjac/glucomannan powder


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare a roasting pan with a rack.
  2. Mix together the solidified bacon drippings and the spices, and make into a spiced paste.
  3. Rub the entire outside of the roast with the spice-bacon drippings paste, and put the roast on the rack in the pan.
  4. In a bowl or liquid measuring cup, stir the apple extract into the water, then pour the mixture into the bottom of the roasting pan.
  5. Roast the pork loin, uncovered, for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until done to medium, basting occasionally (every 20 minutes or so) with the liquid in the bottom of the pan. The roast is at medium doneness and ready to be pulled out of the oven to rest once it reaches 145 degrees F on an instant read thermometer when inserted into the center.
  6. Let roast stand, loosely covered with foil, while you make your pan sauce.
  7. Pour the apple flavored water/pan drippings from the bottom of the roasting pan into a large skillet and set it over high heat on the stove.
  8. Once it's at a good simmer, sprinkle the top with 1/2 tsp konjac/glucomannan powder while whisking vigorously.
  9. Let it bubble on high until it's thickened to your liking, adding up to an additional 1/2 tsp konjac/glucomannan powder, if needed.
  10. Once your sauce is done, remove it from the heat. Slice the pork roast, plate it, and drizzle each portion with the thickened pan sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1/10 pork loin
  • Calories: 341.9 cal
  • Fat: 18.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0.6 g
    • Fiber: 0.3 g
    • Net Carbs [total carbs - (fiber + sugar alcohol)] : 0.3 g
  • Protein: 39.2 g

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