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Pork Roast with Cranberry Apricot Glaze

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Tender melt in your mouth Pork Roast with a delicious Cranberry Apricot Glaze. A delicious dish that is perfect for your Holiday parties and meals.

It’s December!!! Hooray! I promise Christmas Cookies and Candy are coming SOON.(I know, I know… I‘m behind! Sorry!) 

A pork roast with an apricot glaze

My friend tells me I have an obsession with Cranberries! I might have…or… I might have a serious addiction to cranberries. I love those tart juicy little globes this time of year. They’re not only festive…they’re darn tooting delicious!

I thought…why not make a cranberry apricot glaze for a pork roast? Something that would be really easy, cost-effective, and yet still elegant enough for a Christmas dinner. A main coarse that would be simple for all the exhausted “Mrs. Claus’s” out there! (I know friends! There’s a reason the “fat man” delivers the gifts. We’re passed out from doing the work of 1,598 elves!)  

This roast is so good I had a hard time getting it to the plate for photos. Mar’s was eating it right off the cutting board!

How To Make Pork Roast with Cranberry Apricot Glaze

You’ll need one large pork shoulder roast, or pork butt roast. I prefer the shoulder for this recipe, but either will work.

Rinse and pat dry.

Pork Butt Roast in slow cooker

Place in a roasting pan, on a roasting rack, fat side up. Season with Garlic Salt, Coarse Black Pepper, Rosemary, Paprika, sage, and Thyme.

Add 2 cups of water to the base of the roasting pan.  Cover and place roast in a preheated 250° oven and bake for 6–8 hours.  (You can go sit down, put your feet up, and watch “It’s A Wonderful Life”!)

Pork roast with herbs and seasonings in a slow cooker

Remove Roast from oven and brush with Cranberry Apricot Glaze! Pop back in the oven for another 20 minutes.

Let’s talk Glaze!

Place 1 cup Apricot Jam, On can of jellied cranberry sauce, 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice mix in a medium sauce pan over medium heat. Bring to a low boil. That’s it… Stir until ingredients become incorporated and smooth.

Apricot and Cranberry sauce for glaze

Remove roast from oven and let rest for 20 minutes. This will allow the juices to settle into the meat before cutting and serving.

See that thick sheath of fat? The juices have been dripping down into that meat all day, creating a tender juicy pork roast. That is why you want the “fat” side up and not down on the bottom! Let this meat baste itself.

TIP: Remove the fat layer before cutting. 

Pork Roast cooked and resting on cutting board

Now I’ll warn you…this meat is so tender and juicy that it may not carve into slices, but rather fall apart. That’s okay. We’d rather have meat that is so tender and moist that it is falling apart.  That’s better than dry slices that we’re trying to choke down? To me, it’s a no-brainer!

Lay the meat out on a platter and spoon more of that delicious glaze over the top of the meat garnish with a little fresh sage and cranberries. You can also just serve the glaze on the side if you have picky eaters.

Sliced Pork Roast drizzled with Cranberry Apricot Glaze

I think my husband said it best…”The roast is good, but it’s just a pork roast. That GLAZE! That Glaze takes it to a whole new level of YUM!”

Pork Roast sliced on platter with cranberry apricot glaze

He’s right! It’s a good pork roast. However, that glaze makes it a GREAT pork roast. One worthy of your Holiday dinner table.

It’s a fantastic substitution if Prime Rib isn’t in the budget, and the thought of Turkey has you running for cover.  I paid about $13.00 for this roast. It easily fed 13–16 guests.

Delicious Side Dishes that pair well with Pork Roast

You’ll have the perfect Holiday Meal for Christmas.

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Thanks for stopping by…

Happy Nesting!

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Yield: 12-18 servings

Pork Roast with Cranberry Apricot Glaze

Pork Roast sliced with Cranberry Apricot Glaze

A Tender, Juicy, Delicious pork roast with a Scrumptious Cranberry Apricot glaze. Perfect for your Holiday dinner table!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 1 10lb pork shoulder roast or pork butt roast.
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1 tsp Coarse black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp crushed Rosemarry
  • 1 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp dry sage
  • 1/2 tsp dry thyme
  • 2 cups of water
  • Fresh Sage and Cranberries for garnish

Cranberry Apricot Glaze

  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice


  1. Preheat oven to 250° degrees.
  2. In a medium, or large roasting pan, with a roasting rack place rinsed and dried pork roast fat side up.
  3. Mix spices, garlic salt, coarse black pepper, thyme, rosemary, sage, and paprika together. Rub into the top of the pork roast.
  4. Add 2 cups of water into the bottom of the roasting pan. Cover and bake at 250° for 6-8 hours until pork is done and juices are running clear.
  5. In a medium sauce pan, over medium heat, mix together the apricot preserves, cranberry jelly, and pumpkin pie spice. Bring to a low boil. Stir until ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Remove roast from oven. Brush with glaze.
  7. Place roast back in the oven for an additional 15-20 minutes.
  8. Remove roast and allow to rest for 20 minutes. This will allow juices to settle in the meat.
  9. Cut roast into slices, or pull apart, and place on serving tray.
  10. Spoon additional sauce over meat or serve on the side. Garnish with fresh sage and cranberries.


*Please note that roast will reduce by 40% when cooking.

Nutrition Information:


18 servings

Serving Size:

1 1/2 cups

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 821Total Fat: 55gSaturated Fat: 20gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 30gCholesterol: 231mgSodium: 272mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 1gSugar: 13gProtein: 60g

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Sunday 7th of January 2018

I don’t have pumpkin pie spice. Should I omit it? Or substitute with something else?

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Monday 8th of January 2018

Hi Shannon! I'd substitute it with a mixture of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a little clove. If you don't have those spices just add a touch of what you have. This is a really GREAT glaze! It was my husbands favorite part of this roast! Thanks so much for stopping by...have a GREAT week! ~Norine

Gina Diamond

Tuesday 5th of December 2017

This pork roast sounds wonderful and a nice twist for the holidays. I bet your house smelled wonderful while this was roasting! I plan on trying this as my big ole boys love a good meat. Thanks for sharing!

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Wednesday 6th of December 2017

Hi Gina! You are so sweet! My house did smell wonderful! I love pork. Those little piggies make me so happy! Let me know how the "guys" like this recipe. My husband LOVED it...especially with the glaze. Have a GREAT day! Happy Nesting~ Norine

Michele Barkemeyer

Friday 1st of December 2017

Norine, would this work using Pork Sirloin Roast or are they too lean? thanks, Michele

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Monday 4th of December 2017

Hi Michele! Yes you can use this with a Pork Sirloin Roast. Reduce the cooking time and cook as you normally would to prevent it from drying out. Glaze the Roast the last 20 minutes of cook time. This glaze will be perfect with any type of pork roast. Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT week! Happy Nesting~ Norine

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