Pork rib roast is a very versatile cut of meat that is quite delicious when cooked properly. There are many different ways to make pork rib roast, and once you try a few, you are sure to have some favorite new dishes.
What Is Pork Rib Roast?
Pork rib roast is a type of pork cut. Pork is meat that comes from a pig. Another name for pork rib roast is pork center loin roast. If the ribs are removed from this cut of meat, it is called simply “pork roast.”
These ribs are not the same pork cuts as spareribs (which are taken from the pig’s belly). Spareribs are also known as side ribs. These are the really thick boned pieces with meat on them that you would see at a barbecue restaurant slathered in spicy BBQ sauce.
You can read more here about the difference between spareribs, loin back ribs (baby back ribs), and country-style ribs.
Pork rib roasts look different when cut up into pieces – almost like a pork chop, but not quite. There is a tiny piece of thin bone sticking out of the meat on one end, and the other end has quite a bit of pork on it, almost like a piece of steak.
Pork rib roast has more fat than pork tenderloin, which makes it a very delicious, moist cut of meat when cooked properly. Yet, it is still somewhat lean and not the fattiest cut you can get. Also, there is typically a large piece of fat that is on the pork rib roast, which you can cut off after cooking.
If you leave the fat on while you cook the pork rib roast, it will make the meat juicier and full of flavor.
When you cut up a pork rib roast into pieces (or “steaks”), you get pork rib chops or pork loin chops.
Where to Buy the Best Pork Rib for Roasting
If you want to make the best meal using pork, you need to use the highest quality pork you can get at a reasonable price.
You want pork that is moist and tender, and not something that is going to dry out in the oven.
Ideally, you will also buy organic pork that comes from smaller farms. This type of pork is probably more expensive, but the quality is typically better.
If you have a farmer’s market that you can attend locally, this might be a great place to find high-quality pork. An Amish marketplace is also a good source of more natural, better quality meats.
5 Fabulous Pork Rib Roast Recipes
There are many different ways to make pork rib roast. When you hear the words “pork ribs,” you may automatically be reminded of barbecue, but pork rib roast can be so much more than that. We have rounded up a variety of pork roast recipes, so you can get an idea of what all the different cooking options are.
1. Herbed Pork Rib Roast Recipe
This herbed pork rib roast recipe is from Food & Wine magazine. The creator of this delicious recipe is Frank Stitt, the chef and owner of Bottega and Highlands Bar and Grill in Birmingham, Alabama.
This recipe gets a four out of a five-star rating by people who have tried it.
The ingredients are simple and include garlic cloves, extra-virgin olive oil, thyme, rosemary, pork rib roast, and ground pepper.
The cooking time takes approximately an hour (after food preparation). The recommended side dishes are grits and grilled eggplant, but of course, you could serve this with salad, garlic mashed potatoes, or any other sides and veggies you like.
2. Slow Roasted Pork Rib Roast
Here is a slow roasted pork rib roast recipe from Epicurious that has even fewer ingredients than the last one.
This recipe involves most of the same ingredients (garlic cloves, extra-virgin olive oil, thyme, rosemary, pork rib roast, salt and ground pepper) minus the thyme. However, if you like the taste of thyme, there is no reason why you couldn’t also include it in this recipe.
The main difference between this recipe and the last one is the method of cooking. As the title implies, this recipe is all about cooking the pork rib roast slowly, so you get something that is really soft, tender, and moist.
You will set the oven temperature down to 170 degrees Fahrenheit and let the pork marinate in this low heat for four hours or so. If you are in a hurry, you can raise the heat to 350 degrees to finish the cooking a bit more quickly.
The nice part about this method of slow cooking is that you have some fantastic juicy pork that goes well in sandwiches when it is time for leftovers.
3. Brined Pork Loin Rib Roast
The Spruce Eats has an excellent recipe for brined pork loin rib roast. Brining meat means to soak it in a watery solution with salt. The salt primes the meat and makes it even more juicy than it would be otherwise.
You will need to plan ahead for this recipe as the pork meat needs to be brined overnight for at least eight hours and up to 18 hours.
Once the meat is brined, you will put a rub on it prior to placing it in the oven.
The brine ingredients include water, orange juice, kosher salt, and maple syrup. The rub ingredients include Creole or Cajun seasoning, black pepper, cumin, and brown sugar.
4. Pork Rib Roast with Orange-Whisky Glaze
Here is another great recipe from Food & Wine magazine. The Pork Rib Roast with Orange-Whisky Glaze is a nice variation on pork rib roast recipes.
This recipe takes a little bit more prep time, but it is quite delicious and well worth it.
The ingredients you will need for this tasty recipe include orange zest, orange juice, shallots, fresh ginger, English dry mustard, tomato paste, whiskey, ground pepper, and vegetable oil.
This recipe includes a brining process where the recommended time to brine is two full days. You can also make the glaze ahead of time for up to five days in advance of the cooking.
You will also need to monitor the roast a bit more than other recipes once it is in the oven. This is because you will need to add more glaze after about 30 minutes.
5. Grilled Pork Rib Roast
Pork rib roast does not have to always be cooked by roasting, as evidenced by this grilled pork rib roast from the Spruce Eats website. This involves covering the pork rib roast in aluminum foil (including the bones).
This grilled version of the roast has a tasty crust made up of a variety of flavorings, herbs, and seasonings. The ingredients include lemon juice, white wine for cooking, flat leaf parsley, fresh thyme leaves (not dried), fresh marjoram (not dried, unless it is not available fresh), sage leaves, garlic, mustard powder, sweet paprika, onion powder, sea salt, ground nutmeg, and coarsely ground black pepper.
Once you prepare the meat with all of the seasonings, you cook it up on the grill in the aluminum foil. Yum!
Tips for Making the Best Pork Rib Roast
If you want your pork rib roast recipe to come out the best, then you should make sure you follow these guidelines:
1. Do Not Overcook Your Pork
Leaving your pork too long in the oven at high temperatures will lead to a dry, tough pork roast.
2. Do Not Undercook Your Pork
Of course, you don’t want undercooked pork, which can be a health hazard. This is especially a problem if you are doing slow cooking at low oven temperatures. So, whenever you make pork rib roast, use a meat thermometer. Your pork roast should reach a minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit.
Don’t just check one part of the roast. Measure the temperature in multiple areas to make sure it is high enough.
3. Don’t Be Afraid of Seasonings
Pork, as the “other white meat,” tends to be a bland meat. You do not have to be shy about putting on herbs and spices when it comes to pork.
4. Feel Free to Experiment
You can find many wonderful sauces and seasonings to try on your pork rib roast at your local grocery store or gourmet shop. Don’t feel limited to basic spices like rosemary or garlic. You might find that a raspberry sauce works well, or perhaps you want a new twist on ham and pineapple.
Enjoy Your Pork Rib Roast
We hope this guide to making pork rib roast was helpful. By using the proper cooking techniques, and using high-quality meat, you should have a wonderful nutritious meal for your family.