How to make your own pork crackling October 1, 2021 12:25
We thought it was only fitting that we let you into a little secret of how to make your own awesome pork crackling at home, as it's very hard to beat freshly cooked, still warm porky goodness.
HOME-MADE PORK CRACKLING
(From our PIGS, PUBS & TROTTER BUMPS COOKBOOK)
This is a simple enough oven method and you can order pork rind easily from your local butcher. We primarily use shank rind (from the leg) but different rind will produce different results, so if you like a lighter, fluffier style, go for a leaner cut.
Once you've mastered making the base crackling, it's time to bust out the flavours: chilli, paprika and fennel work particularly well and are easy to play with at home.
- 500g pork rind, unscored
- 1 tablespoon fine sea salt
Remove any excess from the pork rind, so it's about 1cm thick. Put the rind into a large colander and pour over a kettleful of boiling water, then pat dry with kitchen paper. Transfer to a baking sheet, rub over 1/2 tablespoon of sea salt, and put in the fridge (uncovered) for 1 hour to dry out.
Preheat the oven to 140°C/120°C Fan/Gas Mark 1. Dry the pork rind once again with kitchen paper, then chop into small bite-sized pieces. Toss the pork in the remaining salt, then place on a rack set over a large roasting tin and roast for 1 hour.
After the hour, pour out the fat that has drained into the tin. Turn up the heat to 200°C/180°C Fan/Gas Mark 6 and continue to roast the crackling for about 30 minutes until deep golden and crispy. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.
BOSH! You've got your own, home-made pork crackling!
Granted, this is a bit of a faff to do when you fancy a quick snaffle (although these will keep for a few days in an airtight container) but hey, this is where we come in!
Snaffling Pig's Pork Crackling
We love pork crackling, ever since we were little whippersnappers running around the pub while our parents played darts. A packet of pork crackling was their way of getting us to sit down for five minutes (iPads didn’t exist back then). Pork crackling is epic; that's why we set off on our journey back in 2015 to help give pork crackling the love it deserves. For centuries, the only flavour added to pork crackling was salt, but we decided to right that wrong and experiment with high-quality ingredients to create magical tastes.
How do WE make pork crackling?
Check out our video below on the step by step way we make our pork crackling by hand here in sunny Blighty.
What makes our pork crackling so piggin’ tasty?
It’s hand cooked. That means actual humans with years of experience watching the pork crackling cooking and when it is ready, they pull it out of the fryer. Every batch of pork is different, and so this attention to detail means our product is cooked to perfection every time.
Premium cuts of pork. We take only the finest cuts of pork from the shank and the back. Leaving the not so good cuts for everyone else...
Seasoned with the finest ingredients. We have spent years working on the greatest flavours we can produce to compliment the epic taste of our porky morsel.
- Black Pepper & Sea Salt
- Hot to Trot Habanero
- Low & Slow BBQ
- Marvellous Maple
- Mighty Colman’s Mustard
- Perfectly Salted
- Pig of Doom
- Salt 'N' Vinegar.
- Pigs in Blankets (Seasonal)
12 Great taste awards – that’s right, 12! More than any other pork crackling company ever. We’re incredibly proud of this achievement and it just goes to show all that hard work, slaving over the kitchen stove, was worth it.
Lovingly packed into all kinds of formats. On top of being premium and full of flavour, the other thing that sets our pork crackling aside is the HUUUUGE number of formats you can buy the product in. From bags, to gift jars, gift sets, personalised gifts, advent calendars, and even hampers we have a massive range of gifts perfect for the pork loving legend in your life.
100% British-owned company. In today’s world it's always a comfort when you know that you're dealing with a small, independent and 100% British manufacturer. All the money you spend with us is invested back into our brand, our team and our British suppliers and as proudly back into the hands of HMRC through tax. So who knows, that pothole that got filled in down your road last week could have been paid for by a bunch of our advent calendars!
Whether you're looking to make some awesome home-made pork crackling and shop our porky wares, let's make the piggin' magic happen!
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