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Pork Rib Roast

Pork Rib Roast or rack of pork is a delicious main dish that is glazed in a rich maple and herb sauce. Great on the grill or baked, this is the prime rib of pork. Prepare a double pork rib roast for show-stopping holiday dinners and celebrations. 

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Double Pork Rib Roast on a platter with half of the roast sliced

Pork Rib Roast

This is an elegant meal but it’s prepared really easily on your grill or baked in your oven. The maple glaze gives it a rich flavor that caramelizes and into a delicious crust for the tender and juicy roast. 

Dinner table with roast pork

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Collage of pork rib roast, plated, sliced and on the grill

Pork Rib Roasts are not often found in the supermarket isles, but you can usually call ahead and order or just ask your butcher for one. The ends should be Frenched, which is cutting the meat away from the end of each rib, exposing the bone. The butcher can do this for you also.

We purchased a whole pork rib roast and cut it into two portions. We were considering making a crown roast and decided to go with the double pork rib roast with the ribs crossed for a more simple presentation. 

This recipe will work with a single or double roast. 

How to Make Pork Rib Roast:

Drizzling maple glaze

Prepare the maple glaze: Add pure maple syrup, granulated garlic, black pepper, smoked paprika, kosher salt and chopped rosemary to a saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil and cook 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly. 

Collage of pork rib roast and glazing method

Set pork on the counter at room temperature for 1 hour before grilling. If you are cooking a double roast, you can tie the ribs together with twine or use two long skewers to hold the roasts together. 

Cut slits in the pork over the meaty part of the roast. Brush with maple glaze over all sides. 

Prepare grill or oven to 300°. 

Smoking a pork rib roast

For the grill: Place over indirect heat and close the lid. Cook for 1 hour and brush with remaining maple glaze. Continue cooking about 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 145° for medium and 155° for well done. 

Smoked and grilled pork rib roast on the grill

We used pecan to add a delicious smoke flavor to our roast. Hickory or oak are also great options. 

For the oven: Cook on a baking sheet, uncovered for 1 hour, then brush with maple glaze. Continue to cook 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 145° for medium – 155° for well done. 

Double rack of pork rib roast - grilled with maple glaze

Remove roast from fire and allow to rest 10 minutes. Remove skewers if using and slice.

Table setting with pork rib roast

Options for slicing: Cut along the rib bone for boneless loin slices or cut between the ribs for chop slices. 

How Long to Cook a Pork Rib Roast?

Our 2 roasts were about 4 1/2 pounds each and cooked in about 2 1/2 hours. Use a digital meat thermometer to ensure your roast is cooked to the perfect temperature between 145 – 155°.

A delicious maple glazed pork rib roast is an elegant main course for Christmas dinner or any celebration or special occasion. You will love how simple it is to prepare and the flavor is incredible. 

This Stuffed Pork Tenderloin is also a delicious holiday meal that is really simple to make on the grill or in the oven. 

Plate of sliced pork, roasted potatoes and a dinner roll

Add a batch of rich refrigerator rolls, roasted potatoes and a Greek Salad to complete your meal. 

How to Store Left Over Pork:

Store leftover pork in an airtight container or wrapped tightly in 3 layers of plastic wrap for up to 3 days. 

To freeze: wrap in 3 layers of plastic wrap and then a layer of foil. Freeze up to 2 months. 

Holiday Main Courses

Table setting with pork rib roast

Rather you are hosting Christmas dinner or celebrating one of life’s great accomplishments, give this easy Pork Rib Roast a try. It will impress your dinner guests with just a little effort. 

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Yield: 10

Pork Rib Roast

Double rack of pork rib roast - grilled with maple glaze

Pork Rib Roast or rack of pork is a delicious main dish that is glazed in a rich maple and herb sauce. Great on the grill or baked, this is the prime rib of pork.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours 3 seconds
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes 3 seconds

Ingredients

  • 2 4-5 pound pork rib roasts
  • 12 oz pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

Instructions

Remove pork roasts from refrigerator about an hour before cooking.

Place ribs on a baking sheet with ribs facing each other. Pull roasts together, crossing the ribs.

Tie the ribs together of the two roasts together or use two long skewers stuck through the middle of the roasts to hold them together. 

Prepare glaze by adding maple syrup, to a small pan with garlic, pepper, smoked paprika, kosher salt and rosemary.

Whisk together and cook over medium- high heat. Bring mixture to a boil for 3-5 minutes, whisking often.

Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

Cut 1/2 inch slits in tops of roast through the meaty part.

Brush glaze over all sides of roast.

Prepare grill or oven to 300°. 

For the grill: Place over indirect heat and close the lid. Cook for 1 hour and brush with remaining maple glaze. Continue cooking about 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 145° for medium and 155° for well done. 

Pecan, hickory or oak will add a delicious smoke flavor to your pork.

For the oven: Bake uncovered for 1 hour. Brush with maple glaze. Continue to cook 1 1/2 hours or until internal temperature reaches 145° for medium - 155° for well done. 

Remove roast to a cutting board and allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing. 

Options for slicing: Cut along the rib bone for boneless loin slices or cut between the ribs for chop slices. 

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 872Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 25gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 188mgSodium: 572mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 21gProtein: 52g

Nutritional calculations are estimated and may not be accurate.

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