Tips For Perfect Crackling By Chef Marcus

Blog Tips Perfect Crackling Chef Marcus02

It’s the dish that gets everyone excited, and with these simple tips you can create and enjoy pork crackling at home.

We suggest serving it with a roast for lunch with friends, and would love to hear your feedback on this recipe next time you come in for lunch or dinner by the river.

This tasty crackling will work for any cut of pork, as long as it has the skin on. Try it with pork belly, a pork leg roast or a rack of pork.


  1. Score your skin without cutting into the meat below. Try to do this the day before you plan to cook, and then leave it uncovered in the fridge to dry out.
  2. Heat your oven to 225 Degrees Celsius
  3. Boil some water, and then pour over the scored skin. Dry the skin and meat with paper towel.
  4. Rub salt and oil into the skin and place your meat onto a tray (with shallow sides – if you only have a deep roasting dish, place the meat on crumbled aluminium foil to raise the meat, otherwise it will steam the side).
  5. Cook on 225 Degrees Celsius for 30mins
  6. The skin will start to crackle, and this is where most of the crackling process will happen.
  7. Reduce the oven to 170 Degrees Celsius and cook for the required time according to weight (30 to 35 mins per kg).
  8. It’s ok to serve pork medium with a little pinkness, this is when it’s at its juiciest. The longer you cook the meat, the dryer it will become. And always remember to rest your meat for at least 20mins so all of the juices go back into the meat, and relax the meat so it’s juicy and tender.

Chef Marcus Denby