The Best Pork Crown Roast For Your Easter Dinner

April 2, 2021 12:00 PM CDT
Written by Emily C / March 28, 2021

  • One 10-bone pork crown rib roast; frenched, chine bone removed
  • 3 tablespoons country-style dijon
  • 10 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar

  1. Trim fat on roast to 1⁄4 inch thick. Place roast on work surface, meat side down with ribs curved up. Cut 1 1⁄2-inch-long slits (about 3⁄4 inch deep) between rib bones on bony side of roast. Stand rack with ribs pointed up and slits facing away from you. Curve rack so that ends meet and form a crown. Tie roast with kitchen twine at bottom, in middle, and around bones to secure. 
    Note: You can ask a butcher to do this for you. 
  2. Wrap top of each rib bone, individually, with aluminum foil to prevent burning.
  3. Stir together mustard, garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt, oil, pepper, and sugar in a small bowl. Rub mixture on roast, working it into slits and avoiding frenched bones. 
  4. Place roast on a rack set in a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Chill, uncovered, 8 hours or up to overnight..Remove roast from refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature 1 hour.
  5. Preheat oven to 450°F with oven rack in lower third of oven. 
  6. Bake roast in preheated oven 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 325°F, and continue baking until a thermometer inserted into thickest part of rib registers 135°F for medium, 1 hour and 50 minutes to 2 hours and 10 minutes. 
  7. Remove roast from oven; tent with foil. Let rest 30 minutes (internal temperature will rise to 145°F as the meat rests). 
  8. Remove kitchen twine and foil caps before slicing between bones and serving.