Traditional Roast Pork with Crackling and Applesauce

For really good crackling, score the skin at ¼-inch intervals running with the grain — let your butcher do this if possible, because the skin can be quite tough. (This will also make it easier to carve later.)

Sweat the onions gently in the butter for 5–6 minutes. When they are soft, stir in the breadcrumbs, freshly chopped herbs, and a little salt and pepper to taste. Cool.

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Put the joint, skin side down, on your work surface and sprinkle with salt and freshly ground pepper. Spread the stuffing over the meat, roll up tightly, and tie with cotton string. Season the rind with salt. Roast on a rack, allowing 28–30 minutes per 1 pound. Baste every now and then.

Just before the end of cooking time remove the pork to another roasting pan, return it to the oven and turn up the temperature to very hot — 450 degrees, to get crisp crackling. When the roast is cooked the juices should run clear. (You should never eat pork pink.) Put the pork onto a hot carving dish and let rest in a very cool oven while you make the gravy in the original roasting pan.

Roast pork with homemade apple sauce

Good roast pork is a matter of starting well with good meat. In my view, older breeds that can free range have more inherent flavour - and better flavour. Then it’s a matter of treating the meat with respect. This roast recipe is sure to become a favourite the crackling is to die for.



Skill level


  • 2 kg piece roasting pork on the bone (from top of the leg, or pork neck), skin left on
  • 1 kg apples, peeled, cored and roughly chopped (see Note)
  • white sugar, to taste
  • olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 onions, sliced, or 2 garlic bulbs, halved

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Ideally, you will start this recipe 1 day ahead.

Make sure the skin of the pork is scored really well, about 1­–2 cm apart, in long lines that go all the way down to the base of the skin so the fat can render out. The other thing you want is the fat to be scored all the way down to just above the meat, so it can open up and melt, and the skin can shrink and crisp. Pat the skin well and allow to dry. Ideally, leave in the fridge uncovered, overnight to help dry the skin.

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Place the apple in a roasting pan with a touch of water. Roast, turning occasionally so they start to brown as they soften, for about 45 minutes, or until lightly coloured and well softened. Mash to a paste. Add some sugar if you really think the sauce needs it.

Ideally, take the pork from the fridge an hour before you want to start cooking, and turn the oven on to preheat to 230°C.

Rub the pork skin with just a vague hint of olive oil so the salt will stick. Salt the skin well using a fine mist of normal table salt. Don’t rub it in, or all the salt will end up in the slits you’ve cut. You can pepper it well at this stage, too. Don’t be mean with the salt, or it is harder to get good crackling.

Place the meat on the onion or garlic bulbs in a roasting tray and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven to 170°C and continue roasting for about 1 hour 20 minutes, or until the meat juices run clear. An oven thermometer is a great idea for checking the meat. You want the middle to be about 70°C. A rule of thumb is 20 minutes cooking time (the first blast in the oven) plus 20 minutes per 500 g of meat.

If you need the oven (for spuds or other veg), you’ll need to rest the meat somewhere warm. If you cover it with foil, the skin may go soft, so you may need to remove the skin prior to resting. If you don’t need the oven, you can leave it open for a few minutes after cooking so it cools to about 100°C, then just close the door while the meat rests for about 20–30 minutes. Resting will let the meat juices settle nicely so your pork remains juicier, more tender and luscious.

When ready to serve, simply slice under the crackling to remove, and cut it into bits. Slice the meat vertically down to the bone (if you have a chunk of leg) in thin slices. You can use the meat juices to make a gravy, but it might be worth skimming off some of the fat, first.

Serve with the apple sauce.

• If you can get good-quality cooking apples that are sour, they’ll make a much better sauce than sweet varieties. The bog-standard starting place is a granny smith.

Also try Matthew's sour cherry strudel from this episode of Gourmet Farmer.

Roast Pork Belly with Crackling and Apple Cider Vinegar Jus

What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than preparing an amazing roast dinner? The warm aroma fills the house and you know there&rsquos going to be a fight on for the last piece of crackling. Cooking pork belly with this method enables a crispy skin but succulent flesh underneath.

I often make the mistake of preparing a decadent roast, only to check the weather forecast and see it&rsquos going to be a scorcher of a day and end up with a very hot house! It&rsquos all worth it in the end though. I avoid freezing my pork belly as it seems to make the rind too damp to crackle properly, so fresh is best in this case.

My favourite accompaniments to this pork belly are my Tangy Slaw and Warm Bacon Broccoli Salad. It makes a very rich dish overall, so you don&rsquot need much, especially once you are fat adapted. Often I will have this as my only meal for the day.

Roast Pork with Crackling and Applesauce

Pork has been a staple of the British diet since time immemorial. Or at least since the tenth century, when Aelfric, then Archbishop of Canterbury, placed it at the top of his list of edible meats. In fact, the word “pig” comes from the Old English word “picbred,” meaning acorn (a porcine snack). Today, the Brits enjoy their pork simply prepared: roasted with minimal seasonings, served with roast potatoes and veg.

What distinguishes British roast pork from any other is the crackling—a generous layer of fat surrounding the loin that roasts up to a crispy, fatty goodness, and is served on the side. Kind of like an elevated pork rind. The key to making a British roast pork, therefore, is to choose a loin roast that contains a thickish layer of fat on the outside. No skinless tenderloins need apply. If your local grocery store doesn’t carry this cut, try a butcher.

The traditional accompaniment to roast pork is applesauce, preferably homemade and chunky.



Dry out the skin

Remove any moisture from the skin by patting it dry with paper towels. For better results, place it uncovered in the fridge overnight before cooking to dry it out further.

Score the skin

Score the skin by cutting slits every 1cm across with a stanley knife or a very sharp knife.

Salt the skin

Use approximately 2 Tbsp of good quality flaky sea salt to massage into the roast.


Put in a hot oven at 230°C for 20 minutes.

Rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing.

The fat under the rind reacts with the salt, and makes the skin puff up and become crispy. If you don't take the time to rub the salt in properly, the crackling will have that chewy texture.

What you need to make roast pork

Here’s what you need to roast the pork:

Fennel – For flavouring the flesh. Fennel and pork are great friends, and it is quite simply the best rub for pork, in my opinion!

Salt and pepper – Most of the salt goes on the skin. You need a LOT of salt on the skin. In fact, salt is what helps the skin go bubbly-crispy rather than hardening into an impenetrable hard, flat sheet of skin

Oil – To make the seasonings adhere to the flesh and skin, as well as being a heat conductor

Flavour the flesh of the pork even more

Keeps the base of the pork elevated out of the pan juices so it cooks evenly (meat submerged in liquid cooks faster than exposed meat) and

Adds incredible flavour into the pan juices to make an epic gravy for the pork roast!

The liquid keeps the pan juices from burning during the long roasting time (ie. the meat juices and fat that drips from the pork). If the roasting pan juices burn, this will turn your gravy bitter. Nobody wants bitter gravy with their pork!

Creates a steamy environment for the flesh so it doesn’t dry out during the slow roast. It means we don’t need to cover the pork (which discourages crispy skin) and

Creates some moisture in the oven which keeps the pork skin supple enough during the low temperature, slow roasting phase to allow the bubbles to form inside the skin before hardening into a crispy crackle during the final blast of high heat to form the crackling. Without some form of liquid in the roasting pan, the skin comes out like a hard, flat sheet of skin that while crispy, has very few bubbles and is tougher

Flour – To thicken the gravy and

Chicken stock/broth – The liquid for the gravy. We also use the pan juices which is loaded with pork flavour. I prefer chicken to beef stock because it has a more mild flavour, so we can really let the pork flavour from the roasting pan juices shine through.

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Pork roast with crispy crackling and apple gravy

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Spoon the film of excess oil from the top of the pot of drippings. For ease of carving, remove the crackling first (it should pull away quite easily), then carve the pork into slices and cut up the crackling into chunks. Serve with Yorkshire puddings, roast potatoes or mashed potatoes, plus apple sauce, pork gravy and all your favourite roast dinner vegetables. Make sure your roast is brought to room temperature prior to beginning preparation.

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To begin with this particular recipe, we must first prepare a few components. You can cook pork roast with crispy crackling and apple gravy using 6 ingredients and 5 steps. Here is how you cook that.

The ingredients needed to make Pork roast with crispy crackling and apple gravy:
  1. Get 3.5 lb pork picnic shoulder
  2. Prepare 2 tsp salt
  3. Get 2 tsp black pepper
  4. Prepare 1 tsp garlic powder
  5. Get 1 cup pure unsweetened apple juice
  6. Make ready 1 tbsp cornstarch

Succulent roast pork with crispy crackling, homemade apple sauce and gravy. Mix the carrot, onion and apple and scatter along the middle of a shallow roasting tray to make a bed for the pork to sit on. Sit the pork on the vegetables and rub the skin with the oil. Super-crispy, bubbly pork crackling all over - no rubbery or chewy patches at all and Served with it an incredible homemade gravy made with the pan drippings.

Steps to make Pork roast with crispy crackling and apple gravy:
  1. Pull your roast out of the fridge at least 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat your oven to 450 F. In a bowl, make a quick rub by mixing together the salt, pepper and garlic powder.
  2. Season the meat sides of the roast (not the skin) with rub. Place it skin-side up on a roasting tray. Use a sharp knife to poke multiple holes (at least a dozen) about 1 cm into the skin. Put the roast in the oven for 20 minutes.
  3. Microwave the apple juice until warm. In a small bowl, melt a teaspoon of salt in a splash of water. Remove the roast from the oven and pour the apple juice into the tray. Brush the skin with the salty water, then sprinkle on another pinch of salt onto the wet skin. Tent the tray loosely with foil and put it back in the oven. Turn the heat down to 300 F.
  4. After 3 hours, pull the roast from the oven. Remove the foil and transfer the meat to a plate. Pour the liquid from the roasting tray through a sieve into a small pot. Return the meat to the tray and put it back into the oven, uncovered. Turn the heat up to 400F. Roast an additional 1 hour or until the pork reaches an internal temperature of 160 F and the skin is a dark, crispy shell. Remove the roast from the oven and let rest, uncovered, for 20 minutes.
  5. Spoon the film of excess oil from the top of the pot of drippings. Put the pot on medium heat and bring to a simmer. Make a slurry by mixing cornstarch with 1/4 cup water. Whisk the slurry into the drippings. Keep whisking until it thickens into a gravy. Add extra salt and pepper as needed and serve beside the pork.

Sit the pork on the vegetables and rub the skin with the oil. Super-crispy, bubbly pork crackling all over - no rubbery or chewy patches at all and Served with it an incredible homemade gravy made with the pan drippings. It's made without fussing with blow dryers, boiling hot water, or leaving the pork to air dry in the fridge overnight. Pork is especially popular in Denmark, where it's the centerpiece of our Christmas table. The unusual gravy gets its deep sweet-and-savory flavor from homemade stock, the roast drippings, creamy Danish blue cheese, and red currant jelly.

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Condiments & Side Dishes for Roast Pork

If you want a lovely gravy to go with the pork, then be sure to check our amazing paleo-friendly gravy recipe. It is a fantastic gravy jam-packed with a ton of flavor that goes great with any meat or vegetables.

An alternative to gravy is some homemade applesauce. It matches perfectly with the pork and is very easy to make. If you do not have the time, then you can find it at most good supermarkets.

If you are not cooking the vegetables but still want something to go with it, then I highly recommend cooking up some yummy sweet potato fries. These are super easy and taste delicious.

One of my favorite side dishes to have alongside roast pork is cauliflower cheese. It is steamed cauliflower served with a generous amount of cheese sauce. It really is super delicious.

Be sure to check out the fantastic video on how to make this perfect pork roast. It will take you through all the steps and tips you will need to know to get that roast succulent and have that crackling deliciously crunchy.

3.5kg shoulder of pork, boned and rolled Salt

2 Bramley apples, peeled, cored and chopped 2-4 tbsp light brown sugar 50g butter 75ml cider Salt to taste

For the mashed potato

1kg mash potatoes 100g butter 100ml double cream

300ml stock 200ml cider Knob butter

1. Preheat the oven to 240C/475F/Gas 9

2. Score the skin of the pork with a sharp knife into diamonds and rub the surface with the sea salt

3. Place in a deep sided roasting tray and place in the oven uncovered for 30 minutes. This will shock the fat.

4. Then turn the oven down to 150C/300F/Gas 2 and cook for 2 hours until very tender and golden brown. Remove from the oven and rest for 30 minutes.

5. To make the apple sauce, place the apples, sugar, butter and cider into a saucepan, cover and place over the heat. Cook until the apples have broken down, roughly 4-5 minutes. Mix with a spoon then season a little salt.

6. Meanwhile, in a pan over a medium temperature, heat the mash with the butter and cream until hot and season

7. To make the gravy, place a pan over a medium heat and add the stock and the cider and bring to the boil. Reduce by half and then finish with a knob of butter.

17 Best Side Dishes to Serve With a Pork Roast Dinner

If pork roast is on the table, it&aposs normally a special occasion. But without the proper side dishes, it can feel like something is missing from your meal. From classic hearty, casseroles to lighter and greener options, these side dishes will raise the bar for all pork roast dinners to come.

Reviewer ECKFAN says, "This recipe has been in my family for years. It always disappears!" Comfort food fans will love this cheesy dish. Add a side of green beans and dinner rolls to the table and you have a classic and delicious pork roast dinner.

Although fruit and pork sound like an unlikely pairing, they&aposre perfect for each other. This light and easy grain salad is packed with walnuts, green apple, and dried cherries. "This was a great side dish! Sweet and tart with great texture from the walnuts. I left out the white sugar like previous reviewers did and thought it was sweet enough just from the maple syrup," says reviewer Captainbiscuitt.

"I love this recipe. Very tasty and not a lot of work! I made it for a family potluck and I have been asked for the recipe many times. There is also a request for it at the next baby shower coming up," says reviewer Autumn Bell.

"This winter pureed soup will warm you up on the inside while still protecting the waistline," says recipe creator zhidaoma. Sweet potatoes, carrots, and apples all make great companions to pork — and this soup has them all!

"Great flavor and texture — it was nice to do something different than the same old green beans," says reviewer naples34102. Green beans are a classic pairing for pork, but this recipe will stand out from the crowd because of a simple twist. Check out the recipe to see what it is.

"I&aposve tried many variations of mashed cauliflower and while I&aposve enjoyed them all, all were not as &aposfluffy&apos as I would like, and in fact leaned toward the &aposporridge-like&apos side — until now," says reviewer naples34102. Cauliflower is a healthy alternative to a classic mashed potato side dish.

"This recipe is a perfect way to highlight and use fresh summer tomatoes. It makes a great side dish for grilled chicken or pork chops," says recipe creator rjohl. Bring something different to the table with this vibrant, vegetarian comfort food dish.

Any savory pork roast can benefit from the acidity of fruit, such as that from the dried cranberries, raisins, and mango in this fresh fruit salad. "This recipe is a keeper. It has a flavorful fruity taste and gives you the fulfillment of a starch. If you&aposre tired of always making rice and potatoes, this is a great variation," says reviewer ShakerHeightsgrandma.

In some households, mashed potatoes are a given when you&aposre having a pork roast for dinner. If that&aposs you, change it up a little with this nontraditional recipe. "A new twist on an old classic! Taking mushrooms, onions, and bacon, and incorporating them into good old fashioned mashed potatoes," says recipe creator Isis&apossmommy.

"A very nice salad that tasted better the longer I left it to sit in the fridge. This is a good recipe to use when you need a prepared-ahead meal in one," says reviewer Buckwheat Queen. This easy salad will add some brightness to a salty, pork roast. With walnuts, dried cranberries, feta cheese, and green onion — there&aposs new flavor in every bite.

If you don&apost think cabbage can be flavorful, this recipe is here to prove you wrong. "This is a family favorite that is put into every cookbook for my kids when they move out and get married. It is a beautiful dish with many colors and full of flavor. Warning, it is addictive," says recipe creator Kathi Richards Smith. This savory side can also be heaped generously on top of your pork, but that&aposs really up to personal preference.

If you&aposre looking for a nutritious accompaniment to a hearty pork roast, look no further. "This is a great side dish for the holidays, with the added benefit of kale! Surprisingly tasty. Serve hot or cold," says recipe creator Danielle Walquist Lynch.

"I am making this dish once again for Christmas because it is the most requested recipe that I own. It is the best broccoli recipe I have found so far. I add a butter and club cracker crumb mixture on the top before I bake it. It is scrumptious. I highly recommend that you try this," says reviewer NEDJOBEAN. This is one side dish that veggie fans and comfort food lovers will agree on.

This wintry Brussels sprouts salad is sweetened with maple syrup, so even your pickiest eaters won&apost be able to resist. "Brussels sprouts, hazelnuts, and cranberries combine to make a salad that even kids will want to eat. The colors and flavors make a great fall or holiday side dish, but we have been enjoying it all summer as well," says recipe creator aayers1.

Whether you&aposre serving up a holiday pork roast, or just making a delicious dinner on a chilly winter night, this crisp, sweet squash is the perfect cold-weather companion to roast pork. "This recipe is like making healthy candy, the squash is that sweet, and flavorful," says reviewer William Dunphy.

Make Laura Ingalls Wilder proud with this side dish inspired by "Little House on the Prairie." Sweet apples and flavorful onions combine for an aromatic side that&aposs the perfect addition to any pork roast dinner. "I used Granny Smith apples for a hint of tartness used a little more butter brown sugar and cinnamon (my apples and onion were a bit on the larger side). NO leftovers. We ate every single bite," says reviewer Sarah Jo.

It&aposs worth it to learn how to make Chef John&aposs show-stopping potato roses for your next pork roast. "Baked rose-shaped potato gratins would be great for entertaining, since you can make them ahead, and keep them warm in the pan, or cool and reheat in the oven when you are ready to serve. The technique is straightforward, but make sure you season the potatoes generously," says Chef John.

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