Roast Pork with Crackling

Prep Time
1 1/2h
Cook Time
1h 10m
Ready In

"I know the crackling isn't good for you but it is so good. I grew up in an era where we didn't worry about a bit of fat! Roast pork in our home with crackling was traditionally served every Christms Eve. I used a pork loin in this recipe but you may use other cuts such as a shoulder roast. When you score the skin make the cuts are about an inch wide and only cut halfway down through the fat. Do not cut through to the meat. Serve with apple sauce or roast 6 small apples around the roast. We usually also put a dozen prunes with the roast for the last 1/2 hour. Serve with gravy, roasted Potatoes and other vegetables. Danish red cabbage is a must (like recipe #16447) I find the first boil of the roast is really a must to spread the scored skin - that way the salt gets right down into the crevices and you get really crisp crackling. I don't use the bay leaves but many love them."

Original is 5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (361.8 g)
  • Calories 764.4
  • Total Fat - 41.4 g
  • Saturated Fat - 12.2 g
  • Cholesterol - 248.2 mg
  • Sodium - 3638.6 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 0.7 g
  • Sugars - 0 g
  • Protein - 90.7 g
  • Calcium - 48.6 mg
  • Iron - 3.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 1.3 mg
  • Thiamin - 2.2 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Pre-heat the oven to 425F.

Step 2

Pat the roast all over with a paper towel.

Step 3

Fill a pan (the pan needs to be large enough to hold the roast) with 4"of water on to boil

Step 4

When it is boiling add the roast scored skin side down and boil for 5 minutes

Step 5

Remove from water and allow to cool so you can rub on the oil

Step 6

Rub the pre scored skin all over,

Step 7

Sprinkle with the salt, be sure the salt gets down into all the slashes.

Step 8

Place the bay leaves into some of the slashes (optional).

Step 9

Place the roast in a large roasting pan, skin side up.

Step 10

Roast for 30 minutes.

Step 11

Reduce heat to 400F continue roasting for a further hour or until the internal temp reaches 160.

Step 12

Take out of oven.

Step 13

Remove crackling, flatten it and place on an oven proof pan

Step 14

Place the crackling under the broiler for just a minute or two

Step 15

Watch the crackling every second or you can burn it. It will bubble very quickly

Step 16

Let the meat rest 10 minutes before carving.

Step 17

Cut up the crackling and serve along side the meat


No special items needed.

1 Reviews

dienia b

this is a great basic pork recipe mr picky loved it made for billboard tag sorry no picture used bay leaves good call


review by:
(7 Jan 2015)

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