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Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast

This Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast is an incredibly easy freezer meal to prep for the holidays! Or anytime, really. It takes just minutes to prepare and freeze. Then pull it out for an easy dinner when company is over. You’ll love the aroma it gives off while cooking!

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Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast sliced on a platter and covered with pan juice gravy

Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast

This Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast is a very versatile dish, and can easily be made in the oven, slow cooker OR a digital pressure cooker.  AND true to my style, it is indeed a freezer meal!  😉

But you do not have to use it as a freezer meal.  You can make this from scratch without freezing, and I’ll still be your friend – promise!

Cranberry pork roast is a great dinner meal on its own, and I’ve just decided to dress it up a little with some additional seasonal flavors and spices.  I love the combination of oranges and cranberries, and the balance of sweet and tart that it brings.  To warm the dish up a bit, I’ve added in a little bit of cloves, and given the starring role in the sauce to some nutmeg.


You can serve the pork roast sliced or shredded – your choice.  When I roast a boneless loin roast in the oven, it generally will slice and not shred.  The same is true when cooking in the slow cooker.  It just doesn’t get quite the heat it needs to be able to shred like a shoulder butt roast.  But when cooking in a pressure cooker, I’m lucky if I can get it to stay together enough to slice.  Most of the time it sortof just shreds itself as I try to take it out of the pot.  Ha ha!

I’ve been doing my pork roasts mostly in the pressure cooker, and have been using a cornstarch slurry with the remaining juices to make a gravy.  But if you prefer, you can strain the juices and make a gravy with a flour roux, too.  I’m just lazy.  I can dump the cornstarch slurry into my Instant Pot without needing to strain the juices.  And I can bring it to a boil to thicken, all without dirtying another pot.  And I’m all about having less dishes and pots to wash up!

Close up shot of Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast on dinner plate

If you go the cornstarch route, just make sure you add your cornstarch to equal parts COLD water in a separate bowl or cup, then whisk until dissolved.  THEN pour it into your hot liquid.  Never put cornstarch directly into a hot liquid.  It will clump on you every. single. time.  And there is nothing worse than lumpy gravy.  I’ve learned my lesson the hard way…

Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast dished up on a plate for a meal with mashed potatoes and stuffing

So there you have it!  I hope you’ll give this Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast a try, and I hope it will become a family favorite for the holiday season!!  And if you really want to make it a special meal, pair this with my Instant Pot Garlic Herb Mashed Potatoes!

Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast sliced on a platter and covered with pan juice gravy

Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast

Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

With the addition of cloves and nutmeg, along with a little bit of orange juice, this Spiced Cranberry Pork Roast will take your ordinary pork roast to a whole new holiday level!


  • 1 boneless pork loin roast (2 1/2 to 3 pounds)
  • 1 15oz can whole berry cranberry sauce (or 2 cups homemade)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 tablespoons dry minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

For sauce (needed on day of cooking - do not add to freezer bag):

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons COLD water


  1. Place pork roast in gallon-size freezer bag.
  2. In medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients until mixed well.
  3. Pour over roast in bag.
  4. Remove as much air as possible from bag and seal shut.
  5. Label and date, then lay bag flat in freezer to freeze.

For slow cooker:

  1. Remove bag from freezer the night before and allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
  2. Place contents of bag into slow cooker. Do NOT add the cornstarch/water yet.
  3. Cook on low for 4-5 hours, or until thermometer inserted into center of pork loin reads 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
  4. Remove roast from slow cooker and pour remaining juices into medium saucepan.
  5. Mix cornstarch and COLD water until a thin slurry is achieved.  Pour slurry mixture into saucepan.
  6. Heat sauce over medium-high heat until boiling.  Reduce heat and allow to simmer, stirring regularly, for 2-3 additional minutes until sauce has thickened.
  7. Slice or shred roast, add sauce and serve.

For Instant Pot/pressure cooker:

  1. Remove bag from freezer the night before and allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator.  
  2. Place contents of bag into pressure cooker. Do NOT add the cornstarch/water yet (it will cause a burn error).
  3. Cover and cook on HIGH pressure for 60 minutes.  Then allow 10 minutes natural release, then quick release.
  4. Remove roast from pressure cooker.
  5. Mix cornstarch and COLD water until a thin slurry is achieved. Pour slurry mixture into pressure cooker.
  6. Set pressure cooker to Saute function, and allow sauce mixture to come to a boil.  Heat for 2-3 minutes, stirring constantly, until sauce has thickened and then turn pressure cooker off.
  7. Slice or shred roast, add sauce and serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 146mgCarbohydrates: 38gFiber: 4gSugar: 28gProtein: 7g

Nutrition information provided as an estimate only.

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Monday 10th of October 2022

Do you thinkbthis would work with pork tenderloin? If so, any changes that might need to be made?


Friday 25th of February 2022

I can't eat cloves or you think cardamom spice would work?


Friday 25th of February 2022

Yes, cardamom would work. It has a bit more citrusy flavor, but citrus does well with pork so it could be a very nice combination. You could add just a little cinnamon with the cardamom as well. Or try allspice - that is another good substitute for cloves (although allspice is in the same family as cloves so if you have allergies, avoid this one as a precaution).


Tuesday 10th of March 2020

I made a huge mistake by misreading “Sauce (at time of cooking)” and added the water/cornstarch with initial ingredients and then starting up the instant pot. Fortunately it was smarter than I was and alerted that the dish was going to burn, Might want to reword this for us literal thinkers who also don’t read through to the end! Loved the dish - great flavors even without the slurry. Will make it again the right way.


Tuesday 10th of March 2020

Thank you for the head's up - I will go in and reword that to try to make it clearer. :)

Kaveri Obhan

Monday 18th of December 2017

Your dish sounds wonderful! I am glad you chose this over dessert, now we have more options for our Christmas party!


Sunday 10th of December 2017

What a lovely way to 'holiday-up' a roast pork. Sound and looks delicious. Will be cooking it soon, maybe with a touch of my Anise Myrtle Cherry Jam instead of the Cranberry. Thanks for sharing Candi and Merry Christmas.


Monday 11th of December 2017

Thanks Rachael! Your jam looks amazing and I think it would go perfect with the pork roast! I have got to see if I can get the ingredients here to make some of that jam!

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