Most 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?
This 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.
YUMtastic! (that’s my new word lately)
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
- Pork Roast
- 1 1/2 cup water
- 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.
That DOES look yummy! I’m going to have to try this one. Pinning it now! 🙂
Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy it. The husband and kiddo requested it again for Christmas dinner so thankfully I have one out in the freezer!
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. 🙂
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.
This looks delicious and super easy! I going to need to have to plan this for dinner, thank you!
You are welcome. Please let me know how it works out for you and if it was family approved!
Deb@ Kneaded Creations says
Yumtastic is a great word, and certainly seems to fit this recipe! I had to pin it. I am just bopping over from the Pink When Linkey party! So glad you posted there. I would love it if you would drop by Kneaded Creations at http://www.kneadedcreations.com for a visit! I will look forward to seeing you over there!
Deb @ Kneaded Creations
Always good to see you Deb! You like my new word? I just thought of it a few days ago when all these cookies started to pour in from the swaps.
Leisa Good says
OMG, Chrystal! You have given me so many good ideas for the upcoming year. I also love to cook. Have you ever thought about becoming a food photographer?
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.
What siZe roast do u use?
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.
Tammy Doiel @creativekkids.com says
For some reason, a packet of ranch dressing makes everything better!
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Thank you Tammy!
My mom used to make this when I was younger and I just forgot about it!
If I want to make this in a crockpot what setting and how long? low 8 hours?
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.
Sarah Bailey says
Oh yum that does look absolutely delicious – forget Christmas I could tuck into some right now! x
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!
Amanda Love says
You had my mouth watering just looking at that. This is another recipe that I really want to try.
This looks really tasty. I have one of those ranch packets and I’ve been waiting to use it. Need to buy a roast!
amanda @attachedmoms says
I wouldn’t have considered making it with ranch. Sounds interesting.
Wow, that’s an amazing roast for the holiday season! I would totally remake this one.
Oh my goodness! I don’t really like pork roast, but this sounds amazing! Ranch dressing…definitely speaking my language! 😉 Thanks for sharing!
Amber NElson says
Now that looks like something I am going to have to make for my family soon!
Melissa Vera says
I have cooked a beef roast for Christmas dinner never a pork roast. This looks yummy.
I’ve never heard of one either. I’m pinning it though, I bet my husband would love it.
This looks delicious. I am going to try it in the next few weeks!
That roast looks so tender. I bet it smelled delicious cooking
Robin (Masshole Mommy) says
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.
I love a roast on the holidays, but I have never even thought to add ranch! I bet that really makes it that much more tastier!
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.
I make mine in the oven all the time. The only time I dont really use my oven is those really hot weeks in the summer. Make the a/c run too much.
amanda mcmahon says
It has been SOO long since i”ve had pork roast… this just looks yummified!
Amanda Love says
Everytime I read yours posts I always get hungry. This is definitely one I’ll be doing as soon as I get the ingredients.
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