Rack of Pork

Rack of Pork

pork, roast, bake, family dinner, sunday mealMy mom’s specialty is roasting.  Her recipe for rack of pork is simple: turn the oven up to 475*F, smother with olive oil, salt and pepper, cook for about an hour.   Resist the temptation of opening the oven because the meat is receiving a mini smoke-treatment from the crisping fat and olive oil.Foodie Note: Plan on 1-2 chops per person.  If the meat monger doesn’t have this cut already, don’t hesitate to ask them to hook it up.   It’s a very typical item to have in the back cooler.

Serves 4


¼ cup Olive oil

Kosher or sea salt/freshly cracked pepper

3lbs rack of pork (about 5-6 ribs)


1)    Preheat oven to 475*F.  Spray a baking pan with non-stick stray,  place pork in pan.

2)    Smother meat with olive oil and gently work into the meat and bones.  Sprinkle liberally with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3)    Place pan in the center of a hot oven uncovered; try not to open the oven for about 50 minutes because the heat is released and the temperature drops, which alters the high-temp roasting experience.

4)    Cook until meat reaches 150*.

5)    Remove from oven, tent with foil and let rest 8-10 minutes.   The outside will be crispy and salty while the inside remains moist and flavorful.

Serve immediately.