The Ultimate Pork Roast with Crispy Crackling: A Master Recipe

Are you craving the perfect pork roast? Look no further! We have the ultimate recipe for you. Get ready for a mouthwatering pork roast with ultra-tender flesh and crispy crackling that will leave you coming back for more, every single time. And the best part? No need to score the skin!

The Perfect Pork Roast

Our perfect pork roast has everything you could ever want:

  • Slow-cooked, tender, juicy, and flavor-infused flesh.
  • Super-crispy, bubbly pork crackling all over—no chewy or rubbery patches.
  • Served with a homemade gravy made from the pan drippings.

No blow dryers or overnight fridge drying required. This recipe is simple, effective, and foolproof. Don’t just take our word for it—read the reviews!

Close up of Pork Roast with Crispy Crackling

Secret Tips for Perfect Pork Roast with Ultra-Crispy Crackling

Forget all the complicated methods you’ve heard before. Our recipe simplifies the process for achieving perfect pork crackling. Just follow these easy steps:

  1. Start with unrolled boneless pork shoulder (skin-on) for the best crackling.
  2. Ensure the skin is dry—pat it with a paper towel.
  3. No need to score the skin. Scoring can actually compromise the crispiness if not done properly.
  4. Roast the pork uncovered for the entire cooking time to keep the skin dry.
  5. Slow-cook the pork on a low temperature to tenderize the flesh, then increase the heat to finish the crackling.
  6. Level the pork by using scrunched-up foil balls. This ensures even high-heat distribution and better crackling all over.
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How to make Pork Roast with Crispy Crackling

Best Pork for Crackling Roast Pork: Boneless Pork Shoulder

For the best crackling roast pork, use boneless pork shoulder. Here’s why:

  • The pork shoulder has a relatively flat shape, allowing for even crackling.
  • Slow cooking the pork shoulder results in tender, juicy flesh and crispy crackling.
  • Rub the flesh with salt, pepper, and fennel for extra flavor.
  • Cook the pork on a bed of garlic and onion to infuse more flavor into the meat and create delicious pan juices for gravy.

Raw pork shoulder with skin on, no scoring

How to Make Pork Shoulder Roast

Making a perfect pork shoulder roast with crispy crackling is easy if you follow these steps:

1. Prepare Pork for Roasting

  • Pat the skin dry using a paper towel.
  • Season the flesh of the pork with salt, pepper, and optional fennel, drizzle with oil.
  • Drizzle oil on the skin, and sprinkle evenly with salt.
  • Place garlic and onion halves in the roasting pan, cut side up.
  • Place the pork on top, skin side up.
  • Add white wine (or substitute) to the pan, being careful not to wet the skin.
  • Roast uncovered in a low oven (160°C/320°F) for 2 1/2 hours to slow-cook the flesh until tender.

2. Level the Pork (Secret to Evenly Crispy Crackling!!)

  • After 1 1/2 hours in the oven, the pork skin surface may become uneven.
  • Use scrunched-up balls of foil to level the pork skin to ensure even heat distribution.
  • Return the pork to the oven for another 1 hour at the low temperature.

3. Blast it – and then rest it

  • Increase the oven temperature to 250°C/485°F and blast the pork for 30 minutes.
  • Rotate the pan as needed for even crackling.
  • Rest the pork for 15-20 minutes before carving to allow the juices to redistribute evenly.
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Serve with Gravy for Pork Roast

Don’t forget to serve your pork roast with delicious homemade gravy made from the pan drippings. Pour the gravy over the pork, but make sure to keep the crackling dry and crispy!

Pouring over gravy for pork roast over pork slices

Best Way to Reheat Pork Crackling

If you have leftovers (lucky you!), follow these tips for reheating your pork crackling:

  • Separate the crackling from the flesh.
  • Reheat the pork in the microwave under cling wrap to keep it moist.
  • If you want to enjoy the crackling’s crispiness, reheat it in the oven on a tray.

How to reheat pork crackling

Background: Why This Pork Roast Recipe Works

Let’s dive into the science behind our amazing pork roast recipe:

  1. Best pork: Unrolled, boneless pork shoulder is the ideal cut for even crackling and tender, juicy meat.
  2. No need to score the skin. Scoring poses a risk to crispy crackling and isn’t necessary for great results.
  3. Dry skin is the key to achieving superior crackling, so make sure the skin is thoroughly dry before cooking.
  4. Infuse the flesh with flavor and keep it moist by roasting the pork on a bed of garlic, onion, and your choice of liquid (e.g., white wine or apple cider).
  5. Roast the pork uncovered for the entire cooking time to avoid a steamy environment that can hinder crackling.
  6. Use low heat and then crank up the heat to get tender, juicy meat and crispy crackling.
  7. Level the pork with foil balls for even crackling.

Pork Roast with Crispy Crackling fresh out of the oven

Now that you have all the secrets to the ultimate pork roast with crispy crackling, it’s time to get cooking! Follow our master recipe step-by-step and enjoy the most delicious and impressive pork roast you’ve ever tasted.

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