Slow Roasted Rack of Pork

Slow Roasted Rack Of Pork

Details

Tender and juicy rack of pork is the perfect Sunday night dinner. In fact this is so easy to make that it makes a great dinner any night of the week.
  • Serves: 4
  • Active Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr - 8 hrs
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Steps

Step 1: Making and Brining the Pork (optional)

• 4 cups cold water
• 120 g salt (approx. 1/2 cup table salt)
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
• 1 small head garlic
• 4 or 5 sprigs fresh thyme
• 2 bay leaves
• 1 tsp whole black peppercorns
• 8 cups VERY cold water
• 4 cups ice
• 4 rib pork roast, approx. 3 lb (preferably Berkshire pork)*

Method

To make the brine, place 4 cups of water into a pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling, add the salt, sugar, garlic, thyme, bay leaves and peppercorns and then turn the heat down to a simmer.

Once the salt and sugar have fully dissolved, turn off the heat and let the brine steep for at least 10 minutes or so.

Next, pour the brine into a container that is large enough to hold the remaining water and pork. Then add the remaining cold water and ice. The brine must be completely cold before you add the pork.

Next, place the pork into the brine and transfer to the refrigerator. Let the pork brine for at least 2 to 3 hours or preferably overnight.

Step 2: Drying the Pork

Method

Once the pork has finished brining, remove it from the brine. Completely dry the pork by patting with paper towels. Place the pork onto a baking tray that is lined with a cooling rack. Discard the brine.

If you have the time and you have planned far enough ahead, you can place the pork into the refrigerator for a few hours to air dry. If the pork is allowed to air dry, you will get a very good sear.

Note: If you don’t have the time, just make sure it is very dry before you begin cooking; otherwise, the meat will steam on the outside rather than get a nice golden crust.

Before you start cooking let the pork rest at room temperature about 30 minutes or so.

Step 3: Preparing the Pork for Cooking

• sea salt (to taste)
• freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tbsp grapeseed or vegetable oil

Method

Preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C). If you are short on time, you can cook the pork at at temperatures up to 350°F; however, slower and lower cooking results in more tender and juicier meat.

To prepare the pork for cooking, first score the thick fat (if there is any), into a criss-cross pattern. Be sure to only score the fat and not deep enough to cut into the meat. Scoring exposes more fat to the heat, which will result in more fat being rendered during the cooking process.

Next, rub the oil all over the pork and season with salt and pepper. Don’t go too heavy on the salt if you have brined the pork.

Step 4: Searing the Pork

• 1 tbsp grapeseed or vegetable oil

Method

To sear the pork, heat a large heavy-bottomed fry pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan has been properly heated, add the oil followed by the pork. Sear the meat on all sides until golden brown.

Step 5: Roasting the Pork

Method

Place the pork into the oven, uncovered and let cook until the internal temperature reaches 145°F or 62°C, about 1 to 1 hr. 15 mins.

Once done, remove the pork from the pan. Place onto a rack that is resting over a tray. Cover with vented foil and let rest for at least 15 minutes (the internal temp. will increase by at least 5 or 10 degrees).

As the pork is resting, make the sauce. Just remember the handle of the pan will still be very hot.

Step 6: Making the Sauce

• 1 tbsp Calvados, red wine or apple cider vinegar
• 1 cup dark chicken stock (Rouxbe Recipe)**
• sea salt (to taste)
• freshly ground black pepper (to taste)

Method

Deglaze the roasting pan with the Calvados, making sure to scrape up any sucs from the bottom of the pan.

Next, add the stock and let reduce until you reach a sauce-like consistency. Taste for seasoning.

Step 7: Serving the Pork

• Soft Polenta (Rouxbe Recipe)***
• Braised Kale (Rouxbe Recipe)****

Method

Cut the pork into four chops. Serve with the sauce poured over top.

This pork is particularly delicious with soft polenta and braised kale.

Chef's Notes

Brining is optional but it adds tremendous moisture and flavor to the pork.

*Berkshire pork is a what is known as the Kobe beef of pork. It has more flavor, richness and juiciness than regular pork. To read more about Berkshire pork, visit our blog.

  • Soft Polenta We used an extra cup of liquid for the polenta, just for a softer texture.

17 Comments

  • Joe G Rouxbe Staff
    Joe G
    I never thought there would be such a big difference with Berkshire Pork. This whole meal was a highlight of the month for me at home - including the sides. Try it and at a minimum, brine your pork roast if not Berkshire, which is much more expensive.
  • Faye L
    Faye L
    Please advise where I can get this fantastic pork. Thanks. Faye
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Not sure where you live, but if you call your local butcher they may be able to point you in the right direction. What city do you live in? If in Vancouver, I know you can buy it at Armando's Finest Meats on Granville Island (Armando is fantastic).
  • Rosalie E
    Rosalie E
    Did I miss something? When you say to "add the stock" -- what do you recomend? Will good old chicken stock be okay? And, how much?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    If I can, I always use homemade chicken stock, this way I can control the salt. If you don't have any on hand, just use a good stock that is low in sodium, this way you will have more control over the saltiness. For this dish I used a dark chicken stock for added richness, but you could also use vegetable stock, veal stock, or just a white chicken stock. As for how much to use, (good catch, I forgot to add it...oops!), about 1 cup should be enough. Good luck! Let me know how it turns out...
  • Maryam C
    Maryam C
    Will you achieve the same results if you brine a BONELESS pork loin and then roast at this low temperature? Every recipe I see for pork loin has the oven at 350 degrees (at least) and sometimes up to 450+. I know the bone helps with moisture and as a buffer from the heat, but a boneless roast would work well for a quick weeknight meal (and is much less expensive). Thoughts?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    You can use a boneless pork loin instead. As for whether or not you will achieve "the same results", I would have to say no. As you are changing the cut of meat so the results will not be the same but they will likely still be delicious. Also remember to keep an eye on it as you do not want to over cook pork like this as it can be dry. That is part of the reason why I like the slow and low cooking for it. For more info on this you might want to watch the lesson on Combination Cooking (in particular the last topic that talks about slow and low cooking). Cheers!
  • Danielle B
    Danielle B
    This may be a stupid question, but I've got to ask it anyway because I've read several recipes recently that call for overnight marinading, or more alarming when I was making crème fraîche for my French friend, leaving it out at room temperature overnight. So, how many hours are implied by 'overnight'?
  • Kimberley S Rouxbe Staff
    Kimberley S
    Overnight is a fairly loose term but is usually considered anywhere from 8 to 12 hours. If marinating, larger cuts can withstand longer marinating times. You may want to check out the lesson on How to Marinate as this is covered in detail. Btw, it's not a stupid question :-) If you prepared the pork the night before and left it to marinate overnight, you're not likely going to cook it the following morning. It'll marinate for longer than that by the time you get it in the oven and this - more often than not - is just fine. Also, the process of making creme fraiche actually requires the dairy products to be left at room room temperature for several hours until the bacterial cultures activate. This is required so that the mixture can thicken. Hope this helps! Cheers!
  • John E
    John E
    I have an 8 rib pork roast to prepare for tomorrow - Christmas! Do I double the brining ingredients? I am very fearful of a much too salty roast.
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    Hi John- It's OK to have too much brine. As long as the solution is correct in terms of ratios/proportions you will be fine. The important part is making sure you have enough brine to adequately cover the roast. I hope this helps! Enjoy.
  • John E
    John E
    Two comments here. First kudos to the staff for the timely response to my question since it needed to be answered within a few hours to make a difference in the holiday meal planning - and Christmas Eve yet! Thank you. Second, I did brine the pig, tripling the amount of liquid, as well as aromatics, in the instructions to cover the thing. It sat in the brine for 12 hours, was removed and air dried in the refrigerator, smeared with a light cover of crushed garlic, pepper and grape seed oil -no salt at all - and seared in a very hot oven as I do not own a pan large enough to use stovetop. Bottom line, the best pork roast I have ever had. It was moist and beautifully flavored and accompanied by the pan juice sauce recommended in the recipe. Thanks for great recipes, instructions, lessons and staff. I wish Rouxbe Cooking School tremendous success in the New Year and for the future. John
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    Thanks for your kind words John. We are most happy to hear that you had such a delicious holiday meal. Sounds like the brining worked out really well for you. I also wanted to mention, that I find that after practicing a particular cooking method/or technique (ie, Brining), it is helpful to review or re-watch that particular lesson—either to refresh my memory or to see if I missed anything from the first time around. It just seems to stick better once you have put the lesson into practice—or maybe that's just me :-) Keep up the good work!
  • Stephen S
    Stephen S
    The recipe says an hour fifteen to get to 145, is that at 250 or 350? If 350, how long would it take if you're cooking at 250?
  • Dawn T Rouxbe Staff
    Dawn T
    I think that maybe you might have just missed this from Step 3 — "Preheat the oven to 250°F (120°C). If you are short on time, you can cook the pork at at temperatures up to 350°F; however, slower and lower cooking results in more tender and juicier meat." But of course, keep in mind that the time it will take will depend on your oven, the size of the cut of meat etc. Hope that helps. Cheers!
  • Scott
    Scott
    When making a roast, when is it appropriate to make a pan sauce and when is it better to make a gravy? It seems like one could add chicken stock to the pork roast pan before going into the oven (as suggested for a turkey) then either make a rich gravy using a roux or reduce the pan stock, add flavoring and cold butter to make a pork roast pan sauce. Are there better choices when making one type of roast vs another?
  • Ken R Rouxbe Staff
    Ken R
    This is a matter of personal preference. In general, a pan sauce is lighter and thinner whereas a gravy is starch thickened (roux or slurry, etc.) and rich. Ask yourself if the roast needs more richness or just a bit of moisture and a flavor boost. I tend to prefer pan sauces as a personal preference unless I am hoping to enrich a lean meat (e.g. eye round roast or turkey breast or meat that might otherwise be on the dry side. Cheers!

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