This is a spectacular main-course. Ask the butcher to grind any pork trimmings that will be used in the stuffing.
1 8-pound crown roast of pork (12 ribs)
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried sage
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups canned beef broth
Recipe of APPLE AND PORK STUFFING
1 cup apple cider
4 teaspoons cornstarch
2 tablespoons applejack brandy or brandy
Transfer crown roast of pork to large rimmed baking sheet. Brush pork with oil. Combine salt, sugar, thyme, sage and pepper in small bowl. Rub spice mixture over pork. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Fill pork cavity with enough stuffing to mound in center. Roast pork 20 minutes. Reduce temperature to 325 degrees. Continue roasting until thermometer inserted into center of pork meat registers 150 degrees about 1 hour 50 minutes. Continue roasting until thermometer inserted into center of pork and stuffing registers 155 degrees. Transfer roast to platter.
Add 1 cup broth to baking sheet and scrape up browned bits from bottom of baking sheet. Transfer pan juices to medium saucepan. Spoon fat off top of pan juices. Add remaining 1/2 cup beef broth and apple cider. Bring to boil. Dissolve cornstarch into applejack in small bowl; whisk into broth mixture. Boil until gravy thickens slightly, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer gravy to sauceboat. Carve roast between bones to separate chops. Serve with stuffing and gravy.