The Perfect Pork Roast with Crackle: A Delight for Your Taste Buds

Are you ready to elevate your weekend dinner to the next level? Look no further than the perfect pork roast with crackling! This dish may be easy to cook, but the result is a mouthwatering masterpiece that will leave you and your guests begging for more.

Unleashing the Magic of Crackling

Let’s talk about crackling. That crispy, golden exterior on a perfectly cooked piece of pork is a game-changer. The irresistible crunch and savory flavor are what dreams are made of. And did we mention the tantalizing aroma that fills your kitchen while it roasts? It’s pure magic.

Pork Roast with Crackling

Mastering the Art of Cooking a Pork Roast

To achieve the ultimate crackling experience, we’ve gathered some tried-and-true tips:

  • First things first, remove the roast from its packaging and pat it dry with paper towels to eliminate excess moisture.
  • For the best crackling, let the pork rest uncovered in the refrigerator for at least an hour, or even overnight. This step allows the rind to dry out completely.
  • Carefully score the rind at 1-inch intervals, making sure not to cut into the meat.

The Secrets to Perfect Crackling

Now it’s time to unlock the secrets to achieving crackling perfection:

  • Rub the rind with 2 tablespoons of cooking oil and a tablespoon of coarse sea salt. Make sure to massage it in thoroughly.
  • Don’t forget to season the meat (underside of the pork) with 1 teaspoon of salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
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Pork Roast with Crackling

Cooking Time: Patience Pays Off

To achieve that glorious crackling you see in the images, start by blasting the pork with high heat for 45-50 minutes. During this time, the crackling will bubble and develop its signature texture. Then, reduce the heat and allow the meat to cook underneath for about an hour. Of course, adjust the cooking time to achieve your desired level of doneness. We recommend exactly one hour for tender, flavorful results.

For the finishing touch, blast the pork again for an additional 10 minutes to achieve that perfect golden hue.

Juicy Meat with a Crispy Twist

While this pork roast recipe doesn’t yield pull-apart meat throughout, the outer sides are delightfully tender with charred edges that add extra flavor. The pan juices also re-absorb into the meat, enhancing its succulence and taste.

Pork Roast Slices

Serving Your Pork Roast with Crackle

After patiently waiting, let the pork rest for 10-15 minutes before carving to ensure the juices stay locked inside the meat. And here’s a little secret: the crackling remains perfectly crisp even while resting.

We recommend resisting the urge to tent the meat with foil during rest time. Why? Because that crackling deserves to be protected at all costs.

Once you’ve devoured the crackling (if you can resist eating it all beforehand), slice the pork and serve it drizzled with pan juices. Pair it with your favorite sides, like creamy garlic parmesan Brussels sprouts and bacon, mashed potatoes, honey garlic butter roasted carrots, or garlic parmesan roasted broccoli and green beans.

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Pork Roast Slices

No Leftovers Allowed

Leftovers? What leftovers? We guarantee there won’t be any here. And on the rare occasion that some do manage to survive, consider yourself lucky. Turn them into mouthwatering creations like pork sliders, pork grilled cheese, fajitas, pizza toppings, or even a breakfast delight with toast, a poached egg, and hollandaise sauce. The possibilities are endless!

Unleash the Culinary Magic

If you’re still not convinced, we invite you to watch our video tutorial on how to create this masterpiece. It’s time to unleash your culinary magic and make the perfect pork roast with crackling!