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Holiday Cranberry - Pork Roast Recipe | The Cupboard Drawer Recipe Book

Updated on October 3, 2011

This Pork Roast Recipe provides an alternative to the traditional Ham that many serve along side their turkey on Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. This is one from “The Cupboard Drawer” and is a tried and true favorite. It was originally written down by my Grandmother Ada Smith in the 1950’s but I would suspect goes farther back than that. As an update if you have a favorite rub mix do not be afraid to substitute it for the basic Salt and Pepper combo mentioned, there are many on the market and which ever way you go, Do Enjoy…

4-6 Lb Pork Roast, Boneless and Tied

Salt and Pepper (to taste)

1 can (16oz) Whole Sweetened Cranberries

¼ Cup Onion Chopped

¾ Cup Orange Juice

¼ tsp ground Cinnamon

¼ tsp ground Ginger

Preheat Oven to 325 Degrees

  1. Rub the roast with salt and pepper to taste, (or use one of the Alternatives mentioned above), place on a rack in a roasting pan. Cook in 325 degree oven for 2 ½ - 31/2 hours depending on weight, Use a meat thermometer and make sure the internal temp reaches 175 degrees (F) for 3 mins.
  2. While the meat is roasting, in a saucepan over medium high heat, combine all remaining ingredients stirring occasionally. Bring the mixture to a boil and remove from heat.
  3. At about halfway through the roasting time, baste the meat every 15 minutes or so with the cranberry mixture.
  4. When done in the oven, remove and serve sliced with the remaining cranberry mixture on the side.

Yield 6 -8 Servings

Note: I also like to add a dollop of Karo corn syrup to the mix, it adds a glazier glaze to the roast, that triggers a couple extra drops to the mouthwatering goodness when you place it on the table.


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    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Habee - It should work fine though with the bones in you may need to adjust the times (it will cook faster with the bones) Looks like a great place to use a Cranberry Stuffing in the Center of the crown. Hope that helps Do Enjoy...

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      Holle Abee 

      9 years ago from Georgia

      We cook several meats for Thanksgiving. One ofmy faves is a crown roast of pork. This would work great for this type of pork, also, don't you think?

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Ivori - Thanks let us know how it goes and Do Enjoy!!

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      9 years ago

      Thanks Hmrjmr1 - this sounds great! Thinking it will be the hit of my New Year's Day din-din!

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      BPOP - Me too once both the drumsticks are gone I'm looking for something else to round out the meal!

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      9 years ago

      Dear Hmrjmr,

      I love the pork recipe, especially since I am not a huge turkey fan. Thanks..

    • Hmrjmr1 profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Putz - Thanks for stopping by and Do Enjoy!

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      Putz Ballard 

      9 years ago

      I believe for my own taste bud, the pork would be great, thanks for sharing.


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