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Three tips for the crispiest crackling this Christmas

To cook the crispiest crackling this Christmas, Australian Pork Limited has produced a "cracking" recipe with three essential items: heat, oil and salt.

Essential tip: One of the most important things to remember, is to get the rind as dry as possible before the cooking process.

  1. Remove your roast from the packaging and pat dry with paper towel.  With a small sharp knife, deeply score the rind at 1cm intervals, being careful to not cut into the meat.  If time allows, leave the scored roast uncovered in the fridge for 1 hour, or ideally overnight.  This process further dries the rind and aids the crackling process.
  2. When you’re ready to cook, put your pork on a wire rack in the sink and pour a jug of boiling water over the rind. Pat dry thoroughly with paper towel.
  3. Rub the roast with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and half a tablespoon of salt (more if you like salty crackling), making sure the oil and salt penetrate the scores.
  4. Place the roast on a wire rack inside a baking tray and cook at 240°C (max 250°C conventional) until the rind crackles, up to 50 minutes.  If the roast is over 2kg, take 10 minutes off this initial crackling time.
  5. Turn the oven down to 180°C and cook for 30-35 minutes per kg, depending on how well you like your roast cooked.
  6. Once cooked, let the roast rest for 10 minutes before slicing.
  7. If you’re still a little off perfect crackle, place the crackle under the grill for four to five minutes, keeping a close eye on it.
  8. Hold the crackling with some kitchen tongs whilst cutting with the scissors. Using the scissor method, you can get crackling strips as thin as you like or any shape you like

Essential tip: To achieve great crackling, getting the oven temperature correct is critical. We recommend the use of an “oven thermometer” to verify that the stated oven temperature is accurate.

Here Australian Pork Limited’s Marketing Manager, Mitch Edwards, shows us how to create the perfect pork roast with crackling.

Use this as a guide to help you select your roast.

 Bone-in roast  Generally approx. 3.5 – 4kg  Feeds about 10 – 12 people
 Boneless roast  Generally approx. 1.5 – 2kg  Feeds about 6 – 8 people

For roasts without crackling

  1. Preheat oven to 180°C
  2. Gently sear roast in a hot pan
  3. Place in oven and cook for 45 minutes per kg to finish
  4. Rest for 5-10 minutes and enjoy!

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