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Crown Roast of Pork

Food | December 10, 2019 | Nik Manojlovich
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This perfectly prepared CROWN ROAST OF PORK will be the crowning glory of your holiday dinner!

When presented to table, a CROWN ROAST OF PORK always elicits oohs and aahs, and rightly so – it is gorgeous to behold.

As guests take their first bites, there are always comments about how the meat is cooked to perfection. No surprise there; the meat is always tender and beautifully juicy.

While guests slowly savour every bite of spectacular meat, many will ask how you did it. Just smile, and speak this truth… actually, it was easy!

If you think there’s no way you’ll learn how to cook a CROWN ROAST OF PORK, I’m here to show you just how simple it can be.

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Okay, without further delay, let’s get to it! Here is your step-by-step guide to preparing a majestic CROWN ROAST OF PORK!

Crown Roast of Pork

THE CROWN

A crown of pork is made using a bone-in pork loin. You can use a single rack or two shortened racks gathered and trussed end to end.

Assembling and trussing your own pork crown takes time and some serious know-how, as the meat needs to be expertly trimmed and the bones “frenched”. We recommend saving yourself the trouble and instead call a favourite, trusted butcher to handle the task for you.

My butcher created ours using a single rack (13 ribs). He cut spaces between the ribs so that they could be splayed out a bit. He also trussed the rack nice and tight to ensure it stayed together during the roasting. I like my butcher!

Crown Roast of Pork

BRINE SOAK

The end goal of this impressive roast is to create meat that is both flavourful and succulent, a result accomplished by brining the pork overnight. Although some experts suggest flavouring the brine with maple syrup or other sweeteners and spices, we find the basic water and kosher salt combination works best. Don’t worry about the pork being bland; it won’t be thanks to the seriously flavourful marinade we create.

One tip on the brining – don’t cheat on the recommended time. The meaty base of crown roast should sit submerged in brine for at least 8 hours, although 12 hours is suggested.

Crown Roast of Pork

MARINADE

This marinade happened as much by chance as it did to plan. I had family in my midst when we shot this story, and although the idea was floating around in my mind, I hadn’t really put thoughts to paper when we started.

Thankfully my sister Maria tossed out the idea of rosemary and Dijon while my other sister Dana threw in her two cents – add red wine vinegar and garlic. In my family, too many cooks spoil the brother and I couldn’t be more thankful.

The final marinade we concocted was slathered all over the outside of the roast, making sure to add some to the central well. And do not to miss this key step – bring the roast out of the fridge one hour before you apply the marinade and send the roast to oven. This will ensure it cooks evenly.

Crown Roast of Pork

ROAST OFF

Roasting a crown of pork has two important temperature markers. We start the roast off in a hot 450˚F oven for 10 minutes. This first hit of heat sears the meat and locks in the juices.

The second marker happens at the 10-minute mark when we reduce the temperature down to 325˚F. We then continue roasting the meat following this tested guide: 20 minutes for every pound of meat.

This roast was 7 lb 3 oz., so I figured I was looking at about 140 minutes of roasting. I decided to check the roast at the two-hour mark.

Crown Roast of Pork

TEMPERATURE

Testing the doneness of meat by using a meat or probe thermometer is essential, especially when you’re preparing an important meal such as this. My target was 60˚C / 150˚F. I tested the roast at the 2-hour mark and the temperature read 58˚C / 145˚F. I took the meat out and let it rest uncovered for about 15 minutes before serving.

The CROWN ROAST OF PORK turned out perfectly. The meat was succulent, flavourful and very tender.

Crown Roast of Pork

MANCHETTE

Of course we couldn’t miss the chance to get extra fancy when presenting this main. We took small 4 x 3-inch rectangles of paper, folded them in half and then cut slits through the folded edge. It’s then a matter of folding the paper back on itself to create frilly little caps that are then placed onto the end of each bone. They’re also known as manchette or cuffs, and you can make them too. They are a nice touch.

Now, hopefully, you’re feeling completely confident about making this incredible main course. When you do, we suggest serving it with some other delicious dishes like out OVEN-ROASTED VEGETABLES, our creamy SCALLOPED POTATOES and our CRANBERRY SAUCE on the side. Cranberry sauce with pork is a taste sensation!

Everything about the main is worth of great praise. Make CROWN ROAST OF PORK for your next fancy occasion.

Crown Roast of Pork

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Ingredients & Amounts

  • 1 crown roast of pork
  • For the brine:
  • 8 cups of water
  • ¼ cup of kosher salt
  • For the marinade:
  • 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of kosher salt

Instructions

  1. Soak the roast: Dissolve the salt in the water. Place the roast into the water with the bones pointing up. Cover and refrigerate for 8 to 12 hours.
  2. Prepare the marinade: Place all of the ingredients for the marinade into a small bowl and whisk together.
  3. Cook the meat: Take the roast out from the fridge one hour before cooking. Remove it from the brine, pat it dry and place it into the roasting pan.
  4. Preheat the oven to 450˚F with the rack in the middle position. After the meat has come to room temperature, brush the outside with the marinade. Transfer to oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce temperature to 325˚F and cook an additional 20 minutes per pound or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the loin reads 60˚C / 150˚F.
  6. Remove roast from oven and let it rest for 15 minutes before trimming away and discarding the butchers string and carving.
  7. Slice individual chops away from the crown by slicing downward between the bones. Serve immediately.

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Nik Manojlovich

Nik is the creator, host and brains behind Weekend at the Cottage. He loves sharing his wisdom and experience about the things that interest him most.

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