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Traeger Smoked Pork Loin Roast (seasoned with dry rub spices) tastes amazing right off the smoker, OR as a tasty pulled pork sandwich, coated in BBQ sauce!

Someone Got A TRAEGER!

My husband has a NEW Traeger grill that he received for his birthday and Father’s Day (what a great combo gift) this past June. We have had fun trying new recipes for chicken, sausages, pork, steak, (and even dessert) ever since!


We were anxious to try pulled pork (as well as a “bazillion” other recipes), so I searched for a spice rub recipe online that sounded like it would be really good. My husband bought a 3 pound pork loin roast and we decided to cook it on our grill, seasoned with some of the spice rub I found online (which is perfect for pork or chicken).

We used the cookbook that came with the grill purchase to determine how long the roast would take to smoke, then slow roast. We crossed our fingers and followed the process exactly, and the results were wonderful! YAY- SUCCESS on a smoked pork loin roast!

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Here’s How We Made This Delicious Roast On Our Traeger Grill

Start by making the dry spice rub. EASY! Place the dry rub spices in a medium sized bowl. Mix well, to fully combine ingredients. I cut the recipe in half. The flavor-filled dry rub recipe made enough for the pork roast, PLUS a couple of extra uses. We’ve  also used the spice rub on a whole chicken, and STILL have some left over (stored in an airtight container) for the next pork roast or chicken we grill.

Cover all sides of the pork roast with the dry spice rub, patting it onto the surface of the meat. The slight moisture of the meat will help the spices stick!  When done, set seasoned roast aside until ready to put it in the smoker.

Ready To Make A Traeger Smoked Pork Loin Roast?

When ready to begin, turn the Traeger grill to the SMOKE setting. Let it fire up for 4-5 minutes, with the lid OPEN. Once grill is smoking, turn the temperature gauge to 225° F. Close the lid on the grill and let it preheat for 10 to 15 minutes. It doesn’t really matter, but in case you’re curious… we used Mesquite wood pellets for our Traeger smoked pork loin.

Once the grill/smoker is preheated, place an aluminum pan with 2 cups of apple juice into a corner (this will help keep some nice moisture in the grill during the long smoking process). Another option for this is to use a spray bottle and spritz the apple juice onto the roast about once an hour, if desired. Place the seasoned pork loin roast on the grill, FAT SIDE UP. Insert the temperature probe into the meat. Roast the pork for 3 hours, with the lid closed.

After pork has smoked/roasted for 3 hours, transfer the meat into an aluminum pan, and place back onto grill (with temperature probe still attached). Continue to cook the smoked pork loin roast for 5-6 hours, or until the temperature in the thickest part of the meat (not touching any bones) reaches an internal temperature of 190° F. The long cooking time ensures the meat will be very tender!

Almost Time to EAT!

This is what the pork loin roast looked like, once it was done. Remove roast from grill. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil, and let the meat rest for approximately 30 minutes. Pour any accumulated juices in the pan into a separate container (or gravy separator). Transfer the Traeger smoked pork loin roast to a cutting board.

While the pork is still quite hot, slice it OR pull the pork into chunks (or shred with two forks). Be sure to discard any fat or bones (nobody wants a big bite of THAT!). You can add additional seasoning rub (and a little of the reserved juices) to the meat at this point OR mix meat with a favorite BBQ sauce. At that point, it’s ready to gobble up, and we cut off a portion of the Traeger smoked pork loin roast to eat just as it was (with it’s incredible smoked flavor). Yum.

We Shredded Part Of The Pork Loin To Make BBQ Sandwiches

After that, we took the remaining half of the roast, and pulled it into shreds. To the shredded pork we added a delicious a sweet n’ spicy BBQ sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s), and mixed it until everything was covered! You can still see part of the pink “smoke” ring in the meat before I mixed in the sauce!

Since we decided to make BBQ pulled pork sandwiches, the next thing I did was to lightly toast hamburger buns, piled each one high with shredded BBQ smoked pork, covered the pork with homemade coleslaw (for added crunch), and enjoyed it for dinner!

Oh boy… this was a fantastic BBQ Traeger smoked pork loin sandwich! YUM! We enjoyed the leftovers for days!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the process of making this delicious Traeger smoked pork loin on our grill.  If you own a smoker of any kind, I hope you will consider trying this recipe for your loved ones. We truly enjoyed it, and will make it again, this exact way!

If you have a smoker grill, you might also be interested in my recipe for Berry Cobbler (Traeger Grill Style), another of our first experiments on our Traeger. It was absolutely DELICIOUS!

Looking For More TRAEGER Recipes?

You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, which is located at the top of the page. I have quite a few Traeger recipes you might enjoy, including:

  • Traeger Grill Smoked Trout
  • Grilled Chocolate Lava Cake
  • Traeger Roasted Chicken

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Recipe Source for cooking pork: Cookbook that came with purchase of Traeger grill.
Source for dry rub recipe: https://www.tastesoflizzyt.com/pulled-pork-rub/

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Traeger Smoked Pork Loin Roast
Prep Time
15 mins

Cook Time
9 hrs

Total Time
9 hrs 15 mins

 

Traeger Smoked Pork Loin Roast (seasoned with dry rub spices) tastes amazing right off the smoker, OR as a tasty pulled pork sandwich, coated in BBQ sauce!
Category:

Dinner, Grill
Cuisine:

American
Keyword:

smoked pork loin roast
Servings: 10 servings
Calories Per Serving: 246 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!

Ingredients
Dry Rub Spice Mix (makes about 2 cups total- you need 1/3 cup for this roast. See NOTES below):
  • 1/3
    cup
    dark brown sugar
  • 1/2
    cup
    smoked paprika
  • 1/4
    cup
    garlic powder
  • 1/4
    cup
    salt
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    black pepper
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    chili powder
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    chipotle chili pepper
    (optional)
  • 2
    Tablespoons
    onion powder
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    cayenne pepper
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    ground cumin
  • 1
    Tablespoon
    dry mustard
For pork roast:
  • 3
    pounds
    pork loin roast
  • 2
    cups
    apple juice

Instructions
  1. Make the dry spice rub by placing spices in a medium sized bowl. Mix well, to fully combine ingredients. Cover roast with about 1/3 cup of the dry spice rub, patting  it onto the surface of the meat, making sure to cover all sides. *You will have leftover spice rub- SEE RECIPE NOTES BELOW)*. When done, set roast aside until ready for smoker.

  2. When ready to begin, turn the Traeger grill to the SMOKE setting. Let it fire up for 4-5 minutes, with the lid OPEN. Once grill is smoking, turn the temperature gauge to 225° F. Close the lid on the grill and let it preheat for 10 to 15 minutes. We used mesquite pellets.

  3. Once the grill/smoker is preheated, place an aluminum pan with 2 cups of apple juice into a corner (this will help keep some nice moisture in the grill during the long smoking process). Another option for this is to use a spray bottle and spritz the apple juice onto the roast about once an hour, if desired. Place the seasoned pork loin roast on the grill, FAT SIDE UP. Insert the temperature probe into thickest part of meat (but not touching any bones). Roast the pork for 3 hours, with the lid closed.

  4. After pork has smoked/roasted for 3 hours, transfer the roast into an aluminum pan, and place back onto grill (with temperature probe still attached).  Continue to cook the smoked pork loin roast for 5-6 hours, or until the temperature in the thickest part of the meat reaches an internal temperature of 190° F.

  5. Remove roast from grill. Cover the pan loosely with aluminum foil, and let the meat rest for approximately 30 minutes. Pour any accumulated juices in the pan into a separate container (or gravy separator). Transfer the roast to a cutting board.

  6. While the pork is still quite hot, slice it, or pull the pork into chunks or shred with two forks. Be sure to discard any fat or bones that you find (nobody wants a big bite of THAT!). You can add additional seasoning rub (and a little of the reserved juices) to the meat at this point OR a favorite BBQ sauce (if using pork to make sandwiches). Serve sliced or pulled, with or without and enjoy the delicious smoky flavor!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: As written, dry rub recipe makes almost 2 cups. I cut the recipe for the dry rub in half. The quantities are easy to cut in half (except for the 1/3 cup of dark brown sugar. If cutting brown sugar in half, use 2 Tablespoons PLUS 2 teaspoons brown sugar). If halved, you’ll end up with about 1 cup of spice rub, which is enough for 3 pork roasts or chickens (about 3 pounds each). Each roast uses about 1/3 cup of the rub to cover. Store leftover spice mix in airtight sealed container.

Nutrition Facts
Traeger Smoked Pork Loin Roast
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 246
Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 2956mg129%
Potassium 759mg22%
Carbohydrates 14g5%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 3830IU77%
Vitamin C 0.7mg1%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 3.2mg18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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