How to Cook a Pork Roast in a Nesco Roaster

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A pork roast cooked in a Nesco roaster comes out tender and juicy. By using the roaster, the cook is able to combine all the ingredients into the well and let the cooker do the work. The Nesco roaster is the perfect way to prepare pork and sauerkraut for a large gathering. Barbecue pork or pulled pork roast come out flavorful and juicy when cooked in the roaster.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 or 4 lb. pork roast (trimmed)
  • 1 clove garlic (peeled)
  • 1 tsp. fennel seed
  • 1 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tsp. celery salt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Olive oil
  • Meat thermometer

Heat the roaster, with the lid on, to 350 degrees F. Cooking times in a recipe account for the roaster already being hot. Add 15 to 20 minutes to the cooking time if the roaster is not pre-heated.

Rub the pork roast with the garlic clove. Drop the clove into the bottom of the roaster. Add a drizzle of olive oil over the garlic and along the bottom of the pan. Replace the roaster lid.

Combine the spices in a food grinder or apothecary. Grind to a coarse texture. Rub the spices onto the pork roast. It may be easier to pat the spices onto the roast so they stick.

Place the pork roast into the roaster. Insert the meat thermometer into the roast.

Cook the pork roast for 2 1/2 hours. Check that the internal temperature has reached 170 degrees. Remove the roast from the Nesco roaster. Allow the pork roast to rest for 20 minutes before cutting and serving. Cutting while the meat is hot will allow the juices to drain out and cause the meat to seem dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • "Trimmed" means cutting off any excess fat the cook does not want on the meat.
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