Berkshire Pork Loin Roast With Crackling

Recipe By:  Kristen Eppich

There are three musts for making delicious pork with crackling: a properly scored roast, a good rub down of salt and oil, and high heat. The oven starts off very hot; once the crackling has begun to crisp up and turn golden, the heat is reduced so the interior of the roast isn’t overcooked. A digital thermometer will help you get the roast out of the oven at precisely the right time.

Ingredients
  • 8-bone Berkshire pork loin roast, crackling on and scored (about 6 lb)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 10 sprigs thyme
  • 2 tbsp dried juniper berries
  • 1⁄3 cup maple syrup
  • 1⁄4 cup water
Directions Yield:  Serves 6 to 8

Set Out Pork

  1. Remove pork from refrigerator 1 hour prior to cooking.
  2. Arrange oven rack in centre, then preheat oven to 475°F.

Prepare Pork

  1. Rub oil, salt and pepper all over pork and into scored crevices. Place in roasting pan.
  2. Transfer pork to center of oven and cook for 30 minutes, allowing crackling to puff up and turn golden.
  3. Reduce heat to 350°F and cook for another 45 minutes. Add thyme and juniper berries to pan.

Baste Pork

  1. Mix maple syrup into 1⁄4 cup water. Pour mixture over pork. Roast for another 15 to 30 minutes, basting occasionally, or until internal temperature of roast reads 145°F on digital thermometer.

Serve Pork

  1. Remove pork from oven and allow to rest for at least 15 minutes before slicing. Remove string and slice.

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Photographer:
Stacey Brandford
Source:
House & Home November 2017
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