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Christmas Dinner : Ranch Roast

Christmas Dinner : Ranch Roast | Nevermore LaneMost people have a traditional ham, lamb or duck for Christmas dinner. We aren’t one of them. Since ham and turkey were prepared for Thanksgiving I never saw the point in preparing a ham again for Christmas. Since we have to flip-flip Christmas with kiddos mom, dinner is whatever we decide to make.  There are some years Christmas dinner is on Christmas Eve and other years Christmas dinner has actually been the day after Christmas. This year, because the husband has to work Christmas day we’ll be doing Christmas dinner over the weekend.

This pork Ranch Roast was such a huge hit and it just so happens that I have another giant one in the freezer – guess what they’re getting for our Christmas dinner?!? 😉

I’m pretty sure by the end of the day there won’t be any left.

Look at it. Who wouldn’t want that yummy goodness?

pork ranch roast with vegetablesThis particular roast I had intended to go in the crockpot but as my luck would have it the pork roast wasn’t going to fit with all the potatoes and carrots so I put it in a roaster pan and cooked it on low heat in the oven.  It turned out amazing.

christmas ranch roast whole roast

YUMtastic! (that’s my new word lately)

pork ranch roast sliced

Husband and kiddo went on and on (and on) for the entire length of the meal about how great it was. I had never made a ranch roast for them and neither of them had ever had one. (what?? I know, right!?)

I thought maybe he was being a little dramatic for show, but that’s not something he usually does. When it’s good, they’ll tell you. When it’s great, they’ll let you know. Sometimes its dramatic, but this was different.

Of course I was happy. It makes me feel good when I can provide them with a simple, wholesome meal that doesn’t cost a fortune.

Ranch Pork Roast

Chrystal Mahan YUMeating.com
4.34 from 6 votes


  • Pork Roast
  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 5-6 Carrots peeled and cut
  • 4-5 Potatoes pealed and quartered
  • 1 packet Hidden Valley Ranch - Ranch Dry Mix Season Packet


  • Preheat oven to 200
  • In the bottom of your roaster pan pour 1 cup water.
  • Place your pork roast in the center of your roaster pan.
  • Arrange the carrots and potatoes around your roast.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over roast and vegetables to your tastes.
  • Add ranch seasoning packet.
  • Slowly pour the other 1/2 cup water over vegetables.
  • Cover and cook for 1 hour.
  • Using a meat thermometer check temperature.
  • Bump your oven up to 250.
  • Length of slow cook time will depend on how many pounds your roast is.
  • Keep checking every 30-45 minutes with your meat thermometer.
  • Your temperature setting will let you know when it's done.

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  1. We have an open house on Christmas Eve with lots of different types of food. However, Christmas day is a Honey Baked ham for DH and I. More and more people keep talking about having ham on Thanksgiving. I never have been anywhere that I’ve had anything but Turkey. Christmas day was usually ham or roast beef depending on my Dad’s sales year. 🙂

    1. We’ve always had both. Up until a few years ago. Now it’s just turkey. My father-in-law likes ham. But we don’t usually do dinner with them. Since not enough people wan’t ham we haven’t been buying one. I like Christmas ham but for the longest time it was just me and my mom so it was crab legs for Christmas and a small turkey and ham for Thanksgiving because we lived in a college town and worked with college kids and many of them were not able to go home for the holiday so we fed them.

    1. I’m glad! I do hope you will try some Leisa and then come back and tell me about them. As for the photography, I have been trying to work on my photos and learn my camera a bit better. These last few weeks have been hard because I have been in such a hurry. You can tell a huge difference between my photos from when I have time to myself to prepare a setup vs. the hungry mouths waiting for me to feed them.

    1. Christine, honestly I have no size requirement. I buy what is on sale, fits in my budget, and fits in my crockpot/roaster pan. I believe this particular roast was about 10lbs and I cut it in half for two meals.

    1. It would really depend on your roast size. In my experience a 5-8lb roast can go for 5-8 hours on low. Again, size and whether its in the pot alone or with vegetables with also play a part in cook time.

  2. My mom is very into honoring her English heritage, so we’ve always had roast beef and Yorkshire pudding on Christmas, but I have to say that this looks delicious. I think I know what we’re making for Christmas Eve!

  3. Oh my goodness! I don’t really like pork roast, but this sounds amazing! Ranch dressing…definitely speaking my language! 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  4. I actually think we are doing Chinese food for Christmas this year. We had it on Thanksgiving because we were away and liked it so much, we were thinking of doing the same for xmas.

  5. 5 stars
    I have never attempted to make a pork roast. It sounds simple enough-and yes I would make it in the oven as I still do not have a crock pot (no comments please lol). This really looks delicious.

  6. Hi Chrystal.
    Thank you for sharing your post with Tasty Tuesday Linkup Party over at LeanLena.com
    Friendly reminder to add our badge or a link back as this is one of the linkup rules.
    Thanks so much and hope to see you at the party again next week!

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