Have you had a roast rack of pork yet? This is an easy roast to cook and the pork bones keep the meat deliciously moist and tender.
Perfect for entertaining, this dish is certainly impressive. It carves beautifully and is full of flavour.
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Of course, the crackling is perfectly crispy too!
- About this recipe
- Why choose Swaledale Butchers?
- 🥘 Ingredients
- ⏲️ Cooking Time
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About this recipe
Everyone has heard of a rack of lamb but how about a rack of pork? We often have pork for a Sunday roast and it has to have crackling. In fact, we always fight over it!
This recipe is a little bit more special, so it’s perfect for entertaining. It doesn’t need lots of attention while it cooks and makes the most delicious gravy to serve alongside.
The meat is tender and juicy and full of flavour and this has to be one of my favourite pork cuts.
Of course, you don’t have to French trim the joint, it will still be totally delicious!
Why choose Swaledale Butchers?
Swaledale Butchers provide grass fed and free range meats to buy online, sourced from the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District, including beef, pork, lamb and game. The pork, beef and lamb is fed as naturally as possible.
The meat is aged for up to 70 days, helped by a wall of Himalayan salt in the drying room, which draws out the moisture and intensifies the flavours in the meat.
They have a huge choice of products online, with a range of cuts of meat, which also include cuts from around the world. This incudes French cut bavette steak, Brazilian cut picanha beef roast and an Italian sausage called cotechino.
It’s not the sort of selection you see in most butchers and everything arrives fresh and vaccum packed, ready for the fridge or freezer.
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I ordered a 1.4 kg (3 lb) rack of pork, which actually weighed 1.6kg.
This joint arrived already chined. This means that it has been cut along the backbone, which has been removed. You can ask your butcher to do this for you as it makes the meat much easier to carve.
I wanted to keep the recipe simple to get the full flavour of the pork, so you will just need an onion, oil, seasoning and chicken stock to make a delicious pork rib roast with gravy.
As this is a pork rib roast, the rib bones are inbedded in the meat, which means they will help conduct the heat when cooking and add to the flavour.
For an elegant presentation ribs are often ‘French trimmed’. While your butcher can do this for you, it is perfectly achievable at home.
Start by placing the joint, flesh side down on a chopping board.
Take a sharp knife to cut through the skin and fat 4cm from the rib end, down to the bone.
Use the knife to pierce the flesh between the bones. This will provide a guide for where to cut on the other side.
Turn the meat over so that the bones face upwards.
Widen the cut holes and then cut along the lengths of bone to the end.
Now, carefully cut around the bones. The meat should come away in one chunk. This cut off piece will be roasted with the main joint and will add extra flavour to the pan juices.
Turn the joint over again. I find it’s easier to switch to a small paring knife to scrape the remanants of flesh from the bones. Aim to remove as much remaining flesh as you can.
If you are finding it difficult, imagine you are scraping the skins from new potatoes, which will help with the technique!
Peel and slice an onion and use it to line a roasting dish where the pork will sit.
This will make a delicious gravy and allow the heat to circulate while the pork cooks.
Now score the pork rind for the crackling with a sharp knife. The skins was quite hard to the touch, due to the aging process. If it’s difficult to cut. I opt for a bread knife. This gives you control, and the knife is less likely to slip.
Rub the skin with oil and sprinkle on the salt. Push it in with your fingers then place the joint on the onion trivet.
I also added the chine bone and the cut piece of meat from French trimming the bones, to give extra flavour to the gravy.
⏲️ Cooking Time
Preheat the oven to 220C/200FAN/425F/Gas 7 and roast the meat for 20 minutes.
Turn the heat down to 200C/180FAN/400F/Gas 6 for 30 minutes per 500g or 1 lb. The juices should run clear when the meat reaches an internal temperature of 70C or 160F.
Remove the pork and place on a roasting tray, loosely covered with foil for a minimum of 20 minutes. This will help the juices to settle into the meat and make it easy to carve.
Pour off most of the fat from the roasting pan then place it over a medium heat and add the chicken stock. Keep stirring until all the grungy stuck on bits have loosened.
At this point you could add some cornstarch/cornflour to water and whisk in, but I prefer to tip the mixture into a liquidiser and blend the onions and cornflour in directly and then return to the roasting pan to thicken and heat through. You could also push the onions through a sieve if you prefer, or just chop them up in the roasting dish.
Slice the pork with the crackling and serve with the gravy poured over.
So now you have succulent pork, cooked on the bone with a delicious crackling.
I’m ready to tuck in!
- If your pork rack roast has already been French trimmed be sure to bring it out of the fridge about an hour before cooking. This makes sure that the oven can get to work straightaway to cook the pork and ensure perfect crackling.
- Be careful when working with hot liquids in a liquidiser as the volume expands and spill over. If in doubt, blend the liquid in batches.
- Add some chopped frsh or dried sage to the gravy for extra flavour.
- If you are cooking pork that has not been dry aged it may be difficult to get crispy crackling as the skin tends to be more moist. After scoring the pork, sprinkle the surface very liberally with table salt. The salt is not going to be eaten, but helps to open up the skin, allowing the oven to get all the skin edges crispy. Leave to sit for 30 minutes then wash off the salt and pat dry. Then rub on the oil and sprinkle with salt as usual. This information can be found in the recipe for slow roast belly pork.
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