The trees are trimmed and the packages are wrapped. Have you planned what’s on your holiday table yet? Whether you’re looking for a festive Christmas feast or elegant way to ring in the New Year, Easy Roasted Rack of Pork is a celebration unto itself.
Pork is such a versatile protein, whether it’s for a quick dinner like Gluten and Dairy Free Easy Fried Pork Chops or this stunning holiday worthy feast. Cooked right it’s juicy, tender, and absolutely sumptuous.
When you start with a beautiful pork roast like this Easy Roasted Rack of Pork, it doesn’t take much to allow it to shine. With a few simple and easy ingredients, this is a feast the entire family will love.
- Rack of Pork – This Kurobuta Rack of Pork came from Snake River Farms. It’s already Frenched making it a true centerpiece. Every person receives their own juicy porkchop when it’s carved tableside.
- Salt – Enhances the natural flavor of the pork and also seasons the honey-orange glaze.
- Pepper – Earthy black pepper adds just a hint of warmth to the pork.
- Paprika – Adds both earthiness and color to the pork roast and also the orange-honey glaze.
- Honey – Adds sweetness to the glaze and also helps caramelize the pork.
- Orange Marmalade – Adds brightness, a little acidic pop, and also sweetness to this glazed pork roast.
- Water – Thins out the glaze so it can cook down.
- Ancho Chile Powder – Adds earthiness and just a whisper of spice to the glaze and balances the sweetness.
- Onion Powder – Adds a savory note to the glaze.
How to Make Easy Roasted Rack of Pork
Pork is such a great canvas for sweet and savory flavors. This juicy pork comes together with just a few simple steps. It’s special enough for a holiday but easy enough for any weekend meal.
Time needed: 2 hours
Juicy rack of pork is roasted and glazed with a sweet, bright, and slightly spicy ornge-honey glaze.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix together your seasoning mix. Pat the pork dry and evenly season all sides.
Place the pork into a roasting pan. Allow it to roast for 90 minutes, or until its internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.
Add all of the ingredients for the glaze to a small saucepan and allow it to cook over medium heat until it has thickened.
Let the pork roast rest for 20 minutes. Brush with the orange-honey glaze. Slice and enjoy!
This orange-honey glaze works with other cuts of pork as well. Try it on grilled pork chops, brushing it on in the last few minutes of cooking. It’s also delicious on pork tenderloin for a quick and easy weeknight meal. In addition, it also works well on chicken such as chicken thighs or legs.
The honey-orange glaze can be made ahead of time and then reheated when you’re ready to serve. If stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container it will keep for 3-4 days. Just warm it through until you’ve reached the desired consistency when ready to glaze.
The cooked rack makes great leftovers. Keep it tightly sealed in the refrigerator and it will keep for 4-5 days.
An instant read digital thermometer is your best friend for this cook. For the juiciest pork remove it from the oven once it reaches 145 degrees.
Top Tip for Easy Roasted Rack of Pork
This is a large cut of meat. There is nothing like slicing into the first chop and seeing all of the shimmering juices. To ensure that your pork remains juicy, allow it to rest for at least 20 minutes before cutting into it. This will let the juices redistribute into the pork, and not all wind up on your cutting board.
Easy Roasted Rack of Pork
- 1 roasting pan
- 1 instant read thermometer
- 1 saucepan
Rack of Pork
- 4-6 lbs rack of pork
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp paprika
- 3 tbsp honey
- 1/4 cup orange marmalade
- 1/2 cup water
- dash of ancho chile powder
- pinch of salt and pepper
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
Rack of Pork
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix the salt, pepper, and paprika together. Evenly sprinkle the seasoning mix on all sides of the pork.
- Place the rack of pork in a roasting pan.
- Allow the pork to roast for 90 minutes, or until the internal temperature is 145 degrees.
- Let rest for 20 minutes before slicing.
- Brush with the glaze.
- Add all of the ingredients for the glaze to a saucepan over medium heat.
- Allow it to cook for 20 minutes or until it has thickened.