Mastering Grilled Pork Roast for Your Next Family Dinner

Oct 03, 2023 / MIN READ

As summer reaches full effect, it's a great time to fire up the grill and embark on your next culinary adventure. And, if you've been looking for your next dish to delight the whole family, you can't go wrong with the mouthwatering flavors of a succulent pork roast! This versatile and delectable dish is the perfect centerpiece for family gatherings and is wonderfully complemented by pork with your favorite sides and any household must-haves.

Eager to get started? Read on for the steps to prepare a smokey, boneless pork loin roast that will have all of your loved ones clamoring for more.

Making a delicious grilled pork roast

  • Serves: 8
  • Cook time: 2 hours and 40 minutes


Grilling pork roast to perfection

  • Prep the meat: In a typical grilled pork roast recipe, your initial step would be creating a rub mixture to coat your pork loin. With a dry-rubbed, pre-seasoned option like Hatfield®'s Texas Smokehouse Boneless Pork Roast, you can get straight to cooking and ensure flavorful results every time.
  • Turn on the grill: Heat your gas grill or charcoal grill for indirect heat cooking as directed by the manufacturer.
  • Cook: Now, place your pork, fat side up, on the grill for indirect cooking. Then, cover the grill and cook for 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours and 15 minutes (until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reaches an internal temperature of 160).
  • Let stand and serve: Finally, let your roast rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing. Slice the grilled pork into ¼ inch sections and serve warm!

What to serve with your pork roast

Bringing this grilled pork recipe to life means you can already anticipate the perfect balance of juiciness and smoky goodness at mealtime. But, pairing your pork with the perfect sides can elevate this dish even further — and it's sure to leave a lasting impression on the whole family.

Some of our favorite options include:

  • Mashed potatoes.
  • Oven-roasted Brussels sprouts.
  • Roasted garlic butter fingerling potatoes.
  • Air-fried cauliflower or broccoli.
  • Fresh corn salad.
  • Sweet potato wedges.

Once you're ready to get started on this recipe and prove yourself as the family grillmaster, you can head to your local grocery store to pick up your favorite Hatfield® products!

A grilled and sliced pork loin roast sits on a tableMaking a delicious grilled pork roast

Grilling tips and other FAQs to keep in mind

If you're a novice with the grill, no worries! It may seem daunting at first, but it's easier than it seems. We've got you covered with some of the top grilling tips for the best results, every time:

  1. Invest in a meat thermometer to avoid overcooking and undercooking.
  2. Always start with a clean grill for food safety best practices.
  3. To avoid cross-contamination, it's important to use separate utensils for meat, vegetables and fish.
  4. You can help your roast cook more evenly by letting the meat come to room temperature before grilling (i.e., avoid putting cold pork straight on the grill).

When it comes to nailing your grilled pork recipes, these pointers are just the tip of the iceberg. Learn more about what you can do to grill confidently with our tips from Chef Jen.

What's the difference between pork loin and pork tenderloin?

Pork loin and pork tenderloin are similar which makes them easy to confuse. Essentially, they're different cuts of pork: Pork loin is generally larger and ideal for roasting and grilling, whereas pork tenderloin is smaller and more tender.

A pork roast can refer to both a loin and tenderloin, but it most commonly refers to pork loin as they're the better choice for this cooking method.

What ingredients do you need if the meat isn't pre-seasoned?

While we recommend a flavorful, pre-seasoned option like Hatfield®'s Tuscan Herb Boneless Pork Roast for the quickest and easiest process, you can always prepare a homemade dry rub or sauce. This can be used to add a personal touch to your favorite pork product or coat a plain pork loin you have at home.

Here's one option to get you started:

  • 1 cup light brown sugar.
  • 2 Tbsp. smoked paprika.
  • 1 tsp.  garlic powder.
  • ½ tsp. onion powder.
  • 1 tsp. salt.
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder.

If you decide to use your own dry rub, be sure to make this the first step in your cooking process. Simply combine the brown sugar with the rest of your gathered ingredients in a bowl. Then, you can toss your roast in this mixture and start grilling.

How do you properly store grilled pork loin?

While we can't guarantee you'll have any leftovers with such a delectable dish at hand, here's what you need to know about storing, freezing and reheating grilled pork roast:

  • Storing: Transfer any leftovers to an airtight container or cover with plastic wrap. Pork loin will keep in the refrigerator for three to four days.
  • Freezing: If you haven't finished your refrigerated leftovers within this time frame, you can move your pork to the freezer. According to guidelines from the FDA, frozen pork can last two to three months.
  • Reheating: When you're ready to eat your leftovers, don't worry about firing up the grill. Instead, preheat the oven to 350 and place the roast in a baking dish and cover with aluminum foil. Then, bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 160. Let the meat rest, then serve.

Elevating your mealtime with pork from Hatfield®

As you get started on your favorite summer grilled pork recipes, remember that high-quality pork products can help you achieve healthier and more delicious results — and Hatfield® can help.

Your loved ones deserve the best, and at Hatfield®, we're dedicated to providing tasty, premium pork while maintaining a commitment to animal care and treating our farmers, the environment and our animals with respect. And with fresh, pre-seasoned options you know you can trust, you can cut down on time spent in the kitchen, and instead spend it with the people who matter most.

Your next grilling adventure with delectable pork awaits! Use our store locator to find your favorite Hatfield® products in a supermarket or grocery store near you.