The pork crown roast is formed using the rib section of the loin. The reason for its name is apparent because once tied in a circle it resembles a crown. The center is usually filled with a stuffing before the roast is baked.
Because of the elaborate presentation, a crown roast makes a perfect holiday or special occasion dinner!
2 7-boned, frenched sections of pork loin
½ cup Dijon mustard
1 pound ground pork-sage sausage
8 cups quartered small white mushrooms
2 cups diced yellow onions
1 cup diced celery
1 cup peeled and diced Granny Smith apple
1 cup chicken stock
1 large egg, beaten
4 cups plain croutons
Set the Big Green Egg for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 350°F/177°C, adding a Roasting & Drip Pan between the convEGGtor and the grid.
Watch the video to learn to work the pork loin sections into a crown.
Using a basting brush, cover the crown roast, both inside and outside, with the mustard and set aside. Brown the sausage, mushrooms, onions, celery, and apple in a Dutch oven until caramelized. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the mixture to a medium bowl and let cool. Stir the chicken stock and the beaten egg together in a large bowl, add the croutons and continue to mix. Add the sausage mixture to the croutons and combine until all the ingredients are thoroughly blended.
Put the stuffing in the center of the pork crown roast and cover the top of the roast with aluminum foil. Place the roast on the grid above the Roasting & Drip Pan and close the lid of the EGG. Cook for 1½ hours. Remove the foil, close the lid of the EGG, and cook for 30 to 45 minutes longer, until the internal temperature of the pork registers 145°F. Remove the roast from the heat and let rest for 15 minutes. Slice and serve. Serves 8
Tip: For a nice brown color, spritz the roast with apple juice every 30 minutes while cooking.
Recipe and photo from Big Green Egg.