Crafting the Ultimate Pork Crackle

Crafting the Ultimate Pork Crackle

There's something undeniably irresistible about the crispy, golden perfection of pork crackling. The crunchy texture and savoury flavour make it a beloved accompaniment to roast pork dishes.

When it comes to achieving that ultimate pork crackle, Everdure by Heston's HUB™ and HUB™ II are game-changers. In this blog, we'll guide you through the process of creating the most delectable pork crackle using these innovative tools.


The Art of Pork Crackling

Before we dive into the specifics of using the HUB™ and HUB™ II, let's briefly understand the magic behind perfect pork crackling.

  • Quality Meat: Start with high-quality pork. A cut with a good layer of fat is essential for creating that crispy, golden crackling. Pork belly or shoulder cuts work excellently.

  • Scoring the Skin: To help the fat render and the skin crisp, score the pork skin in a crisscross pattern. Ensure the cuts are deep but don't penetrate the meat.

  • Dry Skin: For exceptional crackling, ensure the pork skin is dry. This can be achieved by patting it with paper towels and refrigerating it, uncovered, for a few hours or overnight.

  • Seasoning: Liberally season the skin with coarse salt, which helps draw out moisture and crisps up the skin.


Using the HUB™ and HUB™ II 

Everdure's HUB™ and HUB™ II take pork crackling to the next level. Here's how to make the most of these tools:

  1. Secure the Pork: After preparing your pork as described earlier, use the Cliplock Forks™ to secure it onto the Rotisserie Rod. Make sure it's firmly attached, so it rotates smoothly.

  2. Even Heat Distribution: Fire up your HUB™ or HUB™ II charcoal barbeque and let the coals reach the right temperature. The Rotisserie Rod ensures even heat distribution for uniform cooking.

  3. Set Up for Success: Place a drip tray under the pork to catch the drippings and prevent flare-ups. This not only ensures a cleaner grilling experience but also helps in creating a delicious jus or gravy.

  4. Rotate and Monitor: The Rotisserie Rod slowly rotates the pork, ensuring even cooking and perfect crackling formation. Keep an eye on the temperature and the skin, as it crisps up. 

  5. Patience Pays Off: Creating the ultimate pork crackle takes time, so be patient. The slow rotation allows the fat to render, and the skin to become crispy and golden. The whole process can take anywhere from 1.5 to 2.5 hours.

  6. Rest and Enjoy: Once the pork skin is crispy and the meat is tender, remove it from the Rotisserie Rod. Allow it to rest for a few minutes before slicing. This allows the juices to redistribute, keeping the meat succulent and the crackling crunchy.


Tips for Pork Crackling Perfection

  • Experiment with seasonings: Aside from salt, try adding herbs, spices, or even a touch of sugar for a unique flavour profile.

  • Maintain a consistent temperature: Consistency in temperature is key. Use a meat thermometer to ensure the internal temperature of the pork is safe for consumption.

  • Use a good-quality meat: High-quality pork will have better fat content, ensuring more flavourful and crispy crackling.


Creating the ultimate pork crackle is all about technique, the right equipment, and a bit of patience. With Everdure by Heston's HUB™ and HUB™ II , you can achieve perfect crackling every time. Elevate your outdoor cooking experience, impress your guests, and savour the mouthwatering, crispy goodness of this beloved pork delicacy.

Happy grilling!