Czech Roast Pork


Roast pork (veprova pecene) is a Czech dish usually served on Sundays. Be sure to serve it with knedliky zeli (dumpling with sauerkraut) from this site and a nice Czech pilsner. Don't skip the caraway or the beer — they make this dish what it is!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
3 hrs 30 mins
Additional Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
4 hrs 40 mins


  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 2 tablespoons caraway seeds

  • 1 tablespoon prepared mustard

  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder

  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper

  • 1 tablespoon salt

  • 5 pounds pork shoulder blade roast

  • 3 medium onions, chopped

  • ½ cup beer

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Stir together oil, caraway seeds, mustard, garlic powder, pepper, and salt in a small bowl until a paste forms. Rub over pork roast and let sit for 30 minutes.

  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  3. Arrange onions in the bottom of a large roasting pan. Pour in beer. Place roast, fat-side down, on top of onions. Cover the pan with foil.

  4. Roast in the preheated oven for 1 hour. Remove foil, turn roast, and score fat. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center of roast reaches at least 145 degrees F (63 degrees C), about 2 1/2 hours. Transfer roast to a cutting board and let sit for 20 minutes.

  5. Meanwhile, pour pan juices into a saucepan. Whisk in butter and cornstarch; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until gravy is hot and thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  6. Slice pork roast and serve with gravy.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

456 Calories
33g Fat
7g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 456
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 33g 43%
Saturated Fat 12g 61%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 1002mg 44%
Total Carbohydrate 7g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 4mg 22%
Calcium 57mg 4%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 517mg 11%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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