A gorgeous Crown Pork Roast with Apple Cranberry Stuffing, moist and tender on the inside, with its gorgeous perfectly done crust, thanks to Char-Broil®.
I have a treat for you today. It’s actually a triple treat.
First, I’m going to introduce you to my new favorite outdoor cooking item, the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s a turkey fryer that doesn’t use oil. Feel free to swoon with the joy of it anytime.
The Big Easy, which heats with propane, uses Char-Broil® Tru-Infrared™ to cook whatever’s placed in the fryer. Because there’s no oil, there’s no mess, splashes or spills, making the cooking much safer. The Tru-Infrared™ heats more evenly, more quickly and with less gas, locking in flavor which results in juicier, perfectly cooked food.
Can you tell I’m a fan?
Now that I’ve introduced you to the Big Easy, it’s time to share my second treat; what I made in mine. Yeah, I could have done a turkey, but you know me. I love marching to that off-beat and personally, I think Thanksgiving could use a little shaking up. After all, if a turkey fryer can do its job without oil, why can’t a Thanksgiving table have a centerpiece that’s not turkey?
So, I made a crown roast. You can see the full instructions in the recipe below, but when it came to putting it in the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer, all I had to do was lay a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the basket so the stuffing wouldn’t fall through, nestle the roast in the basket on top of the foil, then spoon the filling in the center of the roast.
I lowered the basket into the fryer, added the lid and walked away for two hours.
That’s all I had to do.
Oh my goodness. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing the pork was. It was phenomenally juicy and tender on the inside with a perfect crust on the outside. We all inhaled our slices and went for more right away. It was perfect.
I have to admit, I’m enamored with my Big Easy. Unlike a standard turkey fryer, I was able to lower my roast in the cooker, walk away and let it cook … all by itself. That’s perfect for a big day like Thanksgiving (or Christmas) when I want all hands’ on deck as I prepare. Rather than someone pulling up a folding chair and ‘supervising’ the cooking, the table can be set, family room picked up and other help given as needed.
I was also thrilled that the drippings were caught in a pan under the fryer. Try making gravy with any other kind of turkey fryer! The Big Easy made it just that … easy.
- 5 cups sturdy white bread, cut into 1-inch squares
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion. finely chopped
- 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 2 large Granny Smith apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- ½ teaspoon dried sage
- ½ teaspoon dried thyme
- ¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon dried thyme
- 1 tablespoon dried sage
- 4 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 1 10-pound pork rib roast (about 12 to 14 ribs), ends frenched, and roast tied (ask a butcher to do this)
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Spread the bread on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and sautée until soft. Add the remaining stuffing ingredients and cook 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Remove the skillet from the heat and add the bread, stirring to coat.
- In a mini food processor or mill, combine the thyme, sage, garlic, salt, and pepper and pulse until the garlic is finely ground. Add the oil and pulse to combine.
- Cover the crown roast with the rub.
- Place a piece of aluminum foil in the bottom of the basket of the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer. Arrange the crown pork roast in the bottom of the basket over the foil.
- Spoon the stuffing into the center of the crown roast.
- Cover the stuffing with a piece of aluminum foil and the ends of the roast's bones with more foil so they don't char.
- Lower the basket into the preheated Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer and cook for approximately 2 hours, or until the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees F.
- After removing the cooking basket, allow the roast to rest for 10-15 minutes while the cooking basket cools. Carefully remove the crown roast to a platter to serve.
Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer
You’re in love with that gorgeous thing, aren’t you? It took me about 15 minutes to put it together and worked like a charm. The only prep I had to do was to coat the inside with oil, seasoning it so food won’t stick (and it didn’t).
Yeah, there’s a giveaway. That’s the third treat. If you’d like a chance to win a Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer, just check out the Rafflecopter doo-dad below.
The winners will be announced November 16, and their Big Easy Turkey Fryers will be shipped on November 18 (so, yes, they will arrive in time for Thanksgiving). Official rules.
(Note: This is a sponsored post. I received the Char-Broil® Big Easy Oil-Less Turkey Fryer and a stipend with which to buy ingredients for reviewing this product and using it. Everything I’ve written, however, are my on thoughts and opinions.)