How to Impress with a Pork Crown Roast

Looking to stun your guests with a show-stopping dish? Look no further than the exquisite and visually captivating pork crown roast. This impressive creation is sure to steal the spotlight at any gathering or special occasion.

Discovering the Pork Crown Roast

A pork crown roast is a culinary masterpiece in which pork loin rib roasts are expertly shaped into a circular form, with the ribs pointing upwards. While it is possible to construct the crown yourself, it is recommended to consult your trusted butcher for assistance. By simply specifying the number of ribs you require, they will happily prepare this culinary masterpiece for you. Typically, a crown roast consists of two 8-rib racks, perfect for serving a party of 16. However, for larger crowds, additional racks can be added to accommodate everyone’s appetite.

Cooking Your Crown Roast

Preparing a crown roast involves treating it as two or more pork loin roasts with the ribs intact. To guarantee exceptional results, I suggest employing my tried-and-true method for cooking the perfect roast pork loin. This approach entails an initial cooking at 350°F, followed by a period of rest, and ultimately a final blast of high heat to form a delicious, savory crust. Once complete, proudly present the roast at the table and carve it to serve immediately.

While some recipes may suggest stuffing the crown roast, it is essential to exercise caution. Stuffing the roast often leads to inconsistencies in doneness, resulting in potentially overcooked meat. Instead, I recommend preparing your side dishes separately. By doing so, you will ensure that your pork remains tender, juicy, and consistently cooked to perfection.

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Nevertheless, the central area of the crown roast can still serve a purpose beyond aesthetics. Just prior to serving, you have the option to embellish the middle of the roast with an artful arrangement of fresh herbs for an added touch of elegance. Alternatively, if you opted to prepare stuffing separately, feel free to showcase it as a delightful centerpiece.

Achieving the Perfect Temperature for Pork

In recent years, the USDA has revised the recommended safe temperature for pork to 145°F. However, if you prefer your pork slightly pink, you can remove the roast from the oven during the initial cooking phase when the internal temperature reaches 135°F. Allow it to rest before subjecting it to the final burst of heat. Just before serving, verify that the temperature has reached a safe 145°F. At this point, the roast should have a slightly higher internal temperature, ensuring optimal taste and texture.

For those who prefer their pork fully cooked, with no traces of pink, aim to remove the roast from the oven when it reaches 150°F during the first cooking phase. Allow it to rest before finishing with the final blast of heat. By the end of this process, the roast should approach the desired 160°F, resulting in a well-done preparation that meets your personal preferences.

Whichever temperature you choose, remember to make your grand entrance to the table when the roast is ready. Brace yourself for the collective swooning that will undoubtedly accompany the presentation of your magnificent pork crown roast. – Christine 🙂

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Note: This article was originally published in November 2018 and has been revised and republished in October 2023.

How to Make a Pork Crown Roast