Crispy Pork Knuckle Recipe and More:

Pork knuckle isn’t a popular cut however it’s so easy to roast and it tastes SO GOOD. Today Piero shows us how to marinate and cook the Pork knuckle to perfection, it falls off the bone and the crackling is to die for! Hope you get to try this, enjoy.

Piero’s Recipe from the video:

  • Pork Knuckle (end of the Pork Leg)
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Soy Sauce
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Olive Oil

Hope you enjoy this How to Roast Pork Knuckle with Salad and Amazing Pork Crackling video, for more information on cooking times and advice scroll down.

raw pork knuckle / hock

What is Pork Knuckle?

Pork knuckle refers to the joint or hock of a pig’s leg. Also known as pork shank, it’s a flavorful and tender cut of meat that’s quite popular in many cuisines around the world. The pork knuckle is typically characterized by its rich, succulent meat and a generous amount of connective tissue, which gives it a gelatinous texture when cooked slowly.

In various culinary traditions, pork knuckle is often used in dishes like roasted pork knuckle with crispy skin, braised pork knuckle, or even in soups and stews. It’s a versatile cut that can be prepared in different ways, depending on regional preferences and cooking techniques. Some people particularly enjoy the crispy crackling skin that forms when the knuckle is roasted.

If you’re interested in trying pork knuckle, it’s worth noting that cooking methods can vary. Some recipes call for slow cooking or braising to achieve a tender texture, while others involve high-heat roasting to create a crispy exterior. The choice of seasoning and accompanying ingredients can also influence the flavor profile.

Do let me know in the comments if you’d like any specific recipes or cooking tips.

How long do I cook Pork Knuckle for?

The cooking time for pork knuckle can vary depending on the size of the knuckle and the cooking method you choose. Generally, pork knuckle benefits from slow cooking to ensure it becomes tender and juicy. Here are a few cooking methods and their approximate cooking times:

  1. Oven Roasting: Preheat the oven to around 350°F (175°C). Place the pork knuckle in a roasting pan and cook for approximately 2 to 3 hours. Basting the knuckle with its own juices or a marinade from time to time can help keep it moist and flavorful.
  2. Braising: In a large pot or Dutch oven, sear the pork knuckle on all sides to develop a nice crust. Then, add liquid such as broth or beer to partially submerge the knuckle, cover the pot, and simmer on low heat. The braising process usually takes about 2 to 3 hours or even longer, depending on the size of the knuckle.
  3. Slow Cooker: If you prefer a hands-off approach, using a slow cooker is a great option. Place the pork knuckle in the slow cooker along with your choice of seasoning and liquid (broth, beer, etc.). Cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours or on high heat for 4 to 6 hours until the meat becomes tender and easily pulls away from the bone.

It’s important to note that these are general guidelines, and the exact cooking time may vary depending on the specific recipe, the size and thickness of the pork knuckle, and your desired level of tenderness. It’s always a good idea to use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature reaches at least 145°F (63°C) for safe consumption.

Remember, adjusting the cooking time and temperature based on your preferences and recipe recommendations is key to achieving the desired texture and flavor.

2 pork knuckles
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Can I cook Pork Knuckle in an Air Fryer?

Certainly! I apologize for the use of lists in my previous response. Here’s a revised version without lists:

You can indeed cook pork knuckle in an air fryer. Air frying is a cooking method that utilizes hot air circulation to achieve a crispy exterior and moist interior.

To cook pork knuckle in an air fryer, preheat the appliance to around 400°F (200°C). Season the pork knuckle to your preference with a dry rub or marinade. Place the pork knuckle in the air fryer basket, ensuring it fits properly. Cook it for approximately 40 to 50 minutes, flipping it halfway through the cooking time.

Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature, ensuring it reaches at least 145°F (63°C). If needed, continue cooking for a few more minutes. Allow the pork knuckle to rest for a few minutes before serving.

If you have any further questions or if there’s anything else I can assist you with, please let me know!

If you prefer to make a stew with Pork Knuckle here is the best recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 pork knuckle (around 2-3 pounds)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 cup red wine (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for garnish (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat.
  2. Season the pork knuckle with salt and pepper. Brown the pork knuckle on all sides in the hot oil until it develops a nice crust. This step helps enhance the flavor of the stew.
  3. Once the pork knuckle is browned, remove it from the pot and set it aside.
  4. In the same pot, add the diced onion, sliced carrots, and sliced celery. Sauté them until they start to soften, about 5 minutes. Add the minced garlic and sauté for an additional minute.
  5. Return the pork knuckle to the pot and add the bay leaves, dried thyme, chicken or vegetable broth, and red wine (if using). The liquid should partially cover the knuckle.
  6. Bring the stew to a boil, then reduce the heat to low. Cover the pot and let it simmer gently for about 2 to 3 hours or until the pork knuckle becomes tender and easily pulls away from the bone.
  7. As the stew simmers, you can periodically skim off any foam or fat that rises to the surface.
  8. Once the pork knuckle is cooked and tender, remove it from the pot. Discard any skin or excess fat, and shred the meat using a fork or your hands. Return the shredded meat to the pot and stir it into the stew.
  9. Taste the stew and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your preference.
  10. Serve the pork knuckle stew hot, garnished with chopped fresh parsley if desired. It pairs well with crusty bread or mashed potatoes.

Enjoy your pork knuckle stew!

cooked and sliced ham hock

What goes with Pork Knuckle?

Pork knuckle is a versatile dish that can be paired with a range of complementary sides. Some popular options include sauerkraut, which provides a tangy contrast to the richness of the meat. Another classic choice is mashed potatoes, offering a creamy and comforting element alongside the pork knuckle.

Roasted vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, carrots, or parsnips, bring a caramelized flavor and vibrant colors to the plate. Braised red cabbage is another traditional side dish that combines sweet and tangy flavors with the hearty pork knuckle.

For those who enjoy dumplings, German-style potato dumplings (kartoffelknödel) are a delicious option. They have a soft texture and absorb the flavors of the dish. Crusty bread can also be served, either to soak up the flavorful juices from the pork knuckle stew or to accompany a roasted pork knuckle with crispy skin.

To add a bit of extra flavor and heat, consider serving mustard or horseradish sauce alongside the pork knuckle. These tangy condiments provide a zesty kick that complements the savory taste of the meat.

Remember, these suggestions are just a starting point, and you can explore different combinations based on your personal preferences. The goal is to create a well-balanced meal that enhances the flavors of the pork knuckle.

Top 10 tricks and tips on cooking Pork Knuckle

  1. Seasoning: Take the time to properly season the pork knuckle with your preferred blend of herbs, spices, and marinades to enhance its flavor. You can use a dry rub or a marinade to infuse it with delicious tastes.
  2. Preparing the Knuckle: Before cooking, make sure to score the skin of the pork knuckle with a sharp knife. This helps to promote crispiness during the cooking process.
  3. Slow Cooking: Pork knuckle benefits from slow cooking methods like roasting or braising. The slow and gentle cooking process allows the connective tissues to break down, resulting in a tender and juicy texture.
  4. Moisture Retention: To retain moisture and prevent the knuckle from drying out, consider basting it periodically during cooking. This helps to keep the meat succulent and flavorful.
  5. Crispy Skin: If you prefer crispy skin, increase the heat during the last part of the cooking process or use the broiler function. This helps to achieve that desired golden and crackling texture.
  6. Use a Meat Thermometer: To ensure that the pork knuckle is cooked to perfection, use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature. The recommended safe internal temperature is 145°F (63°C).
  7. Resting Period: After cooking, allow the pork knuckle to rest for a few minutes before carving. This helps to redistribute the juices and ensures a tender and moist final result.
  8. Sauce and Glaze: Consider serving the pork knuckle with a delicious sauce or glaze. You can use the cooking juices, reduced broth, or a homemade sauce to add extra flavor and moisture to the dish.
  9. Serving Suggestions: Pair the pork knuckle with suitable side dishes and accompaniments. Traditional options include sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables, or crusty bread.
  10. Experiment and Adapt: Feel free to experiment with different cooking techniques, seasonings, and flavors to suit your personal taste preferences. Adjust cooking times and temperatures as needed based on the size and thickness of the pork knuckle.

Remember, these tips and tricks are meant to serve as general guidelines, and it’s always a good idea to consult specific recipes and adjust accordingly. Cooking is an art, and with practice and exploration, you’ll find your own perfect method for cooking pork knuckle.

Roast Pork Knuckle

What are some traditional dishes using Pork Knuckle?

Pork knuckle is a versatile cut of meat that is used in various traditional dishes from different culinary traditions. Here are some examples of traditional dishes that feature pork knuckle as a central ingredient:

  1. Schweinshaxe: This is a popular German dish where the pork knuckle is roasted until the skin is crispy, while the meat remains tender and flavorful. It is often served with sauerkraut, mashed potatoes, and a rich gravy.
  2. Koleno: Koleno is a Czech dish similar to Schweinshaxe. The pork knuckle is usually seasoned with garlic, caraway seeds, and other spices before being roasted to achieve a crispy skin. It is often served with bread or dumplings, sauerkraut, and mustard.
  3. Dongpo Pork: Dongpo Pork is a traditional Chinese dish named after the poet Su Dongpo. It involves braising pork knuckle in a rich mixture of soy sauce, rice wine, ginger, and other aromatic spices until the meat becomes tender and succulent. It is commonly served with steamed buns or rice.
  4. Cotechino con Lenticchie: This Italian dish consists of slow-cooked pork knuckle, known as cotechino, served with lentils. The pork knuckle is simmered until tender, and the lentils are cooked separately. The combination of the rich, flavorful pork with the earthy lentils is a classic pairing.
  5. Eisbein: Eisbein is a traditional dish from German and Austrian cuisine. It involves simmering or boiling the pork knuckle until it becomes tender. It is often served with sauerkraut, mustard, and potatoes.
  6. Bockwurst with Pork Knuckle: In some regions of Germany, pork knuckle is served alongside bockwurst sausages. The pork knuckle is typically slow-cooked until tender and served with sauerkraut, mustard, and freshly baked bread.

These are just a few examples of the many traditional dishes that incorporate pork knuckle as a key ingredient. Each dish offers a unique flavor profile and showcases the versatility of this cut of meat.

What drinks should I serve with Pork Knuckle?

When it comes to beverages that pair well with pork knuckle, you have a few options to consider. Beer is a popular choice, particularly in German and Czech cuisines where pork knuckle is often enjoyed. A crisp and malty beer like an Oktoberfest or a refreshing pilsner can complement the flavors of the dish.

If you prefer wine, a medium-bodied red wine can be a good match for pork knuckle. Look for a red wine with moderate tannins and fruit-forward flavors, such as a Pinot Noir or a Grenache. These wines can provide a nice contrast to the richness of the meat.

For non-alcoholic options, you can consider serving a sparkling water or a flavored soda. These can provide a refreshing and effervescent element to cleanse the palate between bites.

Is Pork Knuckle the same as Ham Hock?

Yes, pork knuckle and ham hock are essentially the same thing. Both terms refer to the joint or hock of a pig’s leg. The names may vary depending on the region or culinary tradition. In some places, it is commonly referred to as pork knuckle, while in others, it is known as ham hock.

The cut is typically taken from the lower part of the pig’s leg and contains both meat and connective tissue. It is known for its rich flavor and is often used in various recipes, including stews, soups, and braised dishes.

pork hock

Is Pork Knuckle Healthy?

Pork knuckle, like any cut of meat, can be part of a balanced and healthy diet when consumed in moderation and prepared in a nutritious manner. However, it’s important to note that pork knuckle tends to be higher in fat compared to leaner cuts of pork. The specific nutritional profile can vary based on factors such as cooking methods and added ingredients.

Pork knuckle does offer certain nutritional benefits. It is a good source of protein, which is essential for muscle growth and repair. It also contains vitamins and minerals like iron, zinc, and B vitamins. However, it’s important to be mindful of the fat content, particularly saturated fat.

To make pork knuckle healthier, consider the following tips:

  1. Trim excess fat: Before cooking, remove any visible fat from the pork knuckle to reduce the overall fat content.
  2. Choose cooking methods wisely: Opt for healthier cooking methods such as baking, grilling, or braising instead of frying. These methods can help reduce the amount of added fat in the dish.
  3. Control portion sizes: Enjoy pork knuckle in moderation and be mindful of portion sizes to ensure it fits within your overall caloric and nutritional needs.
  4. Balance with nutritious sides: Pair pork knuckle with healthier side dishes such as steamed vegetables, salads, or whole grains to create a well-rounded and nutritious meal.
  5. Be mindful of seasoning: Pay attention to the seasoning and marinades used with the pork knuckle. Opt for lower-sodium options and avoid excessive use of salt or high-fat sauces.

As with any food, it’s important to consider your individual dietary needs, overall eating pattern, and consult with a healthcare professional or registered dietitian if you have specific dietary concerns or restrictions.

Can you cook Pork Knuckle from frozen?

No, it is recommended to thaw pork knuckle before cooking it for the best results. Thawing allows for more even cooking and helps ensure that the meat cooks through properly.

If you have a frozen pork knuckle and need to cook it, it is best to thaw it first. You can thaw the pork knuckle by placing it in the refrigerator and allowing it to defrost slowly. Depending on the size of the knuckle, this process can take several hours or even overnight.

Cooking pork knuckle directly from frozen may result in uneven cooking, where the outer layers could overcook while the center remains partially frozen. Additionally, it may increase the cooking time required to ensure the meat is fully cooked.

To ensure food safety and the best possible outcome, it is recommended to thaw the pork knuckle thoroughly before cooking.

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