Pork Knuckle

    3 hours 15 min

    An Austrian specialty that is eaten throughout the year. Since it is very filling, a pork knuckle is easily enough for two people. I last cooked it for out annual Oktoberfest garden party. It was a hit!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 2 pork shank or knuckles
    • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
    • 250ml water or light beer, boiling hot
    • 250ml salt water

    Prep:15min  ›  Cook:3hr  ›  Ready in:3hr15min 

    1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.
    2. Place the pork knuckles (together or one after the other) with the fat facing down into the boiling water. Bring to the boil again and simmer for 15 minutes. Lift carefully out of the water. Leave to cool slightly, then cut a chequered pattern into the fat.
    3. Preheat oven to 220 C / Gas 7.
    4. Rub the knuckles with salt and garlic and sprinkle with caraway. Place the knuckles into a frying pan and into the oven, pour boiling water or beer over them and roast for 1 hour. Turn over often and baste the meat with the juices.
    5. Now reduce the heat to 180 C / Gas 4. Roast for a further 30 minutes, turning and basting the meat. If necessary add more water or beer, so that the bottom of the pan is always covered with juice.
    6. So that the fat goes very crispy, sprinkle it often every 15 minutes with salt water.
    7. Pour the juices into a gravy boat and season with salt and pepper. Serve with the knuckles.
    8. Serve with sauerkraut, potato salad and a big green salad.

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    I live in Austria and I make this regularly. To make it truly traditional though I also add caraway seeds. The beer is also optional, I think. Lovely!  -  13 Nov 2016


    neverNEVERever would an Austrian or a Bavarian use CUMIN on a pork hock - it's ALWAYS caraway seeds. Looks almost the same, tastes COMPLETELY different! Otherwise quite fail proof recipe...  -  16 Apr 2013  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)


    This is the most easy and awesome dish for the humble pork hock ever! The smell of the cooking process, the flavor with the beer is fantastic!  -  02 Apr 2013  (Review from Allrecipes AU | NZ)