Garlic Studded Pork Loin – $1.47

Pork loins are one of the most versatile pieces of meat you can buy. Cut it raw into thick slices for delicious pork chops, cook it in a slow cooker and pull it apart for a version of BBQ, or simply roast the whole loin.

Honestly, I just wanted to use my new gadget, a probe thermometer.

Probe thermometers take the guesswork out of knowing when your meat is done cooking, and for roasts especially, it’s quickly becoming one of my favorite kitchen tools. You can see how it works in just a minute.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

As you can see, pork loins are pretty inexpensive, and if I was patient enough to find a sale somewhere around town, it would’ve been much cheaper.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

For this roast, start by grabbing your favorite spices. Use your preferences and creativity here, but if you’d like to follow what I did, grab the paprika, onion powder, rosemary, oregano, thyme, sage, salt and pepper.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

I don’t measure spices for rubs but if you need a little guidance, something like 2 parts paprika, 2 parts onion powder, 2 parts rosemary, 1 part salt, pepper, oregano, thyme, and sage. Then add about 1-2 T. olive oil. Mix well and set aside.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Then clean up a whole head of garlic. If you have a few really big pieces, feel free to cut them in half.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

I’m learning to love my cast iron skillet, so if you have one, feel free to stick this in the oven at about 400. By heating up the pan, it will cook the loin faster and give a nice sear on the bottom as well.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Massage the spice rub all over the loin.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Then cut a deep hole in the pork for every clove of garlic you have. Stick the garlic in the holes.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Feel free to keep them close to the surface or way far down in the meat–your call.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

If you don’t have a probe thermometer, skip this part.

If you do, go ahead and stick the probe in the biggest area of the loin until the tip has reached the center.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Cover with foil so the garlic doesn’t burn and stick the pan in the oven, keeping the probe thermometer out on the counter.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Notice that the thermometer temp on the left side is too cold to register here. I’ve set the thermometer to alert me when it reaches 145, a great temperature for a pork roast to be.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Pull it out of the oven when it reaches 145.

You may be wondering how long it should cook. Well, that’s why you need a meat thermometer. Every loin in the store is a little different in size so cooking times will vary. If you don’t want to purchase a probe thermometer, a simple meat thermometer is very cheap and should always be in your kitchen.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Feel free to slice it thin or thick. I preferred very thin slices so the garlic would also be nice and thin and I could put it on a sandwich.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

Side note: If you want the garlic to be a bit less raw, try roasting the garlic before you place it in the pork.

Garlic Studded Pork Loin Recipe - Broke and Healthy

  • 1 Pork Loin at $3.30/lb: $5.56
  • 1 Head of Garlic: 35¢
  • 4 Servings: $5.91
  • 1 Serving: $1.47

About Ande Truman

Ande has made mistakes in the kitchen since she could reach the countertop. From a restaurant head cook, to cooking meals for friends, to her own solo plate, experimenting & learning drives her. She's also a freelance graphic & web designer, photo/videographer, guitar player and wanderlust-er. In her spare time, she works a full-time 8 to 5 cubicle job. She's the creator of Broke & Healthy.

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