When it comes to big, hearty meals, you probably think of a plate laden with delicious sides and slices of tender meat. In short: a warm Sunday roast. Specifically: a pork rib roast.
There’s nothing quite as charming (and finger-licking good) as a slow-cooked roast. With meat so juicy it falls off the bone and a rich umami flavor that’s hard to beat, there’s a reason why people love roasts so much.
What is a Pork Rib Roast Called?
Did you know pork rib roast is also known as a rack of pork? It’s so special that even butchers have a separate name for it! They call it the ‘center-cut pork loin trim.’ This is because the ribs have excess loin meat stuck to the cut, making it all the more thicker and heavyweight.
In fact, when cooked right, a pork rib roast can be just as good as lamb meat. After all, it has a perfect balance of fat versus beef. And the best part is you don’t even have to slave over the cooking process too much. All that you have to do is rub your favorite seasonings onto the roast and pop it into the oven.
Check back a few hours later, and you’ll have a mouth-watering, slow-cooked pork rib roast ready to impress your family and friends.
Can You Make Pulled Pork From Pork Rib Roast?
Besides the elegance of a pork rib roast on its own, you can upcycle the rack to make some pulled pork as well. Technically the meat for pulled pork comes from the shoulder cut of a pig. However, rib roasts work just as great if you’re looking for a slightly leaner option.
Although there’s a slightly lesser fat content, the flavor is still packed to the brim thanks to the rib bones.
Try opting for a slow cooker instead, though, to get the most out of your roast. This way, you won’t have to worry about shredding the meat too much. The slow cooker will do its job perfectly, leaving you with a platter full of yummy roast meat.
Should You Go for a Boneless Pork Rib Roast or with Bone-in?
Everyone has their own preferences. But if you’re looking for a faster cook time and a rack of pork ribs that is exceptionally tender, then a rib roast with bone in would be far better. The bones inside help to conduct the heat faster to the core, ensuring there are no burnt edges on the outside.
Nonetheless, a boneless roast is an excellent option if you’re looking for ease and convenience. Not only is it simple to slice through, saving you serving time, but it’s also a leaner and healthier option, minus the block of fat.
What’s The Takeaway?
All in all, there’s much to know about the infamous pork rib roast. However, preparing one is just as hard as it seems, especially when you’re running short on time. So, if you’re ever in a time pinch but still want a taste of that heavenly soft meat, hit up King Jerry Lawler’s Memphis BBQ Company at (281) 864-5298 (Wallisville Road) or (832) 446-6557 (Jester Blvd. Suite).