DBZ’s Rubbed Rosemary Pork

DBZ are the initials of my mother-in-law, Debbie Brown-Zellner. Debbie, as most people call her, is a tiny little woman, infamous for her healthy lifestyle, her zany personality, and her strong Texas pride! Somewhere along the lines the immediate family started calling her ‘DBZ’, rather than Debbie… it was almost like her personality was so powerful that she just needed a more bad-ass name than Debbie, so she became DBZ. If I were to use it in a sentence, it would probably be something like: “Ugh, that is soooooo DBZ!” to someone who just ran a mile and then come home and cleaned the entire house in the most efficient and impressive method possible (while dancing). Generally, A pretty epic woman.

(Lost the original image so I stole an image from here to make up for it.)

Anyway, this weekend Jeff and I left the city to visit our families. Upon arriving at the Zellner home, we helped ourself to some leftovers in the fridge. What we found yesterday was delicious — a pork loin rubbed with spices and seasoned with tons of fresh rosemary! It had this amazing gravy on the side as well. The seasoning and flavor on everything was just perfect.

I asked her for the recipe and she kindly gave it to me, and re-made it (!) so I could take pictures … and so that we could eat it again ;)


  • 5lb Pork Loin
  • Dry Rub (this is MORE than enough rub, so you can save leftovers for later)
    • 5 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon paprika
    • 2 tablespoons freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 2 teaspoons Old Bay seasoning
    • 2 teaspoons chipotle powder
    • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
    • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
    • 2 teaspoons mustard powder
  • Lots of fresh rosemary

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Rub down the pork loin with the dry rub until it is coated well. Stab holes into the pork with a knife and load them up with rosemary. Put the loin on a glass cooking dish and set it in the oven. Cook for approximately 2 – 2.5 hours or until the center of the pork is about 170 degrees.

Slice it up and enjoy! The juice at the bottom of the pan can be used as the worlds most delicious gravy, so don’t forget about it! We served the roast with a side dish of roasted broccoli florets.


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