delicious pork crackling.
Customers often ask us how to get really good crackling and honestly, it's super easy. The easiest way to ensure awesome crackling is to plan ahead.
Step 1: Leave your pork cut uncovered in the fridge overnight before cooking.This dries the skin out which is the important step. This pretty much guarantees maximum crunchiness.
Step 2: Before cooking, rub a little olive oil or butter and a good amount of salt into the skin.
Step 3: Preheat your oven to 220 degrees and cook at this temperature for the first 20 minutes of your overall cooking time. Your cooking time is obviously going to depend on which cut of pork your roasting and the size. (*more info below)
Step 4: Drop the oven temperature back down to your recipe's suggested cooking temp.
Step 5: Check on the crackling 30 mins before end of cooking time. If it's not crisped up enough simply turn the temperature back up to 220 degrees again for the final 30/20 mins.
Step 6: Remember to let your roast rest for 10/15 mins before serving.
Step 7: Get in quick and steal all of the crackling!
*Pork cuts & cooking times:
Talk to our butchers about what cuts might suit you best.
Cuts like belly & shoulder have great flavour and benefit from longer cooking at much lower temperatures.140 degrees is great for slow cooking.
Pork leg & loin roasts are a little leaner and can be cooked on higher temperatures.