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Oven Roasted Rack of Pork

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When you want to cook up deliciousness in your kitchen for the holidays or a special Sunday Dinner my Oven Roasted Rack of Pork will definitely be a crowd-pleaser. It’s easy to make and can be in your oven roasting to perfection in less than 10 minutes. It will actually take longer to preheat your oven than it will to prep this lovely pork roast.

Oven Roasted Rack of Pork © Ask Chef Dennis Productions Oven Roasted Rack of Pork


Cooking pork is really pretty easy and since the days of overcooking pork to make sure it’s safe to eat are behind us, you can now cook your pork a little less serving it pink, juicy and delicious. Of course, my recipe keeps your well-done pork roast just as tasty.

oven roasted rack of pork © Ask Chef Dennis Productions oven roasted rack of pork

There are a few simple rules for roasting meats.

  •  Let the roast come to room temperature for about 30 minutes.
  • Roast at high temp 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes (30 minutes for roasts larger than 10 pounds)
  • Reduce oven temp to 325 degrees Fahrenheit and cook approximately 15 minutes per pound till the desired doneness.
  • Cook meat uncovered in your roasting pan
  • Always roast fat side up
  • Use a meat thermometer to make sure the roast is at the temperature you desire. Remember your roast will increase in temperature by approximately 10 degrees after removing from the oven.
  • Medium Rare 145 degrees F; Well Done 160 degrees F.
Oven Roasted Rack of Pork © Ask Chef Dennis Productions Oven Roasted Rack of Pork


What cut of pork is the rack of pork?

Rack of Pork is also referred to as a pork rib roast (it may also be labeled center-cut pork loin). This cut comes from the rib area of the loin, so it contains a little more fat which helps make it more flavorful.

What temperature should I cook the rack of pork to?

The safe internal pork cooking temperature for fresh cuts is 145° F. To check doneness properly, use a digital cooking thermometer.

Can the pork be a little pink?

Pork can be a little pink. The U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered the recommended cooking temperature of pork to 145 degrees Fahrenheit. That may leave some pork looking pink, but the meat is still safe to eat

How to make Oven Roasted Rack of Pork

Ingredients to make Oven Roasted Rack of Pork © Ask Chef Dennis Productions Ingredients to make Oven Roasted Rack of Pork


Visit for the complete printable recipe with amounts for each ingredient and Chef Tips for my Oven Roasted Rack of Pork.

  •  7-8 bone center cut rack of pork the weight on this roast will vary. Using a meat thermometer will ensure it's cooked properly.
  • Dijon mustard, stone ground mustard, or olive oil
  • Montreal Steak Seasoning or sea salt & black pepper 
  • carrots -rough cut
  • small onion-rough cut and include skins
  • celery- rough cut
  • garlic peeled

Copycat Montreal Seasoning

  • 2 teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 2 teaspoons coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon dill seeds
  • 1 tablespoon granulated onion
  • 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns


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  • preheat the oven to 450 degrees
  • In a roasting pan add your rough-cut vegetables and garlic
  • rinse the rack of pork well and pat dry
  • place rack fat side up, on top of the cut veggies
  • apply a liberal amount of mustard (or olive oil) rubbing it into the top of the roast
  • sprinkle entire rack with sea salt, pepper, garlic, and onion or just use my personal favorite Montreal Steak Seasoning instead of the other seasonings.
  • **Add one cup of water to the bottom of the pan before roasting.
  • place pan in preheated 450 degrees F oven for 15 minutes.
  • after 15 minutes reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F and continue to roast for 1½ – 2 hours or until the internal temperature has reached 160 degrees for well done or 145 degrees for medium.

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