Perfect Roast Pork Salt Crackling

What you need

John Penny pork joint
lots of salt
ground chilli
2 tbsp vegetable oil

How to cook

There's nothing better than the feeling of biting into the crispy crackling of a perfectly cooked pork roast. The beauty of it is making your own perfect pork crackling is so easy.

The trick to crackling is moisture. Drawing out all of the moisture is what makes it crisp. This is a 2 step process.  Score the skin all the way across about 1 cm apart with a really sharp knife and then add salt. Copious amounts of it.

Grab a bowl, add a heap of salt, crack a little bit of pepper, a pinch of ground chilli and a few tablespoons of oil. Mix it all together and rub onto the scored skin of your pork. Then add some more salt, all over it. Yes more salt!

To cook, pre-heat the oven to its hottest temperature and put the roast in, cook for about 5 minutes on that temperature and then turn down to your cooking temperature.  It’s best to keep it on fan-forced as this keeps drawing out the moisture in the skin and helps with the crackling.

About halfway through cooking, check your skin, stick it with a fork, it should be really quite hard. If it isn’t, add even more salt. If you're worried about it being too salty, wipe the skin with a paper towel before serving. Most of the salt will just wipe off, leaving beautiful crackling.

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