Our very handy tips for cooking pork

With crackling

  1. Remove roast from packaging and pat dry with paper towel. With a sharp knife, deeply score the rind at 1cm intervals, without cutting into the meat. Leave the scored roast uncovered in the fridge for 1 hour, or ideally overnight if you have time. This process dries the rind and helps in the crackling process.
  2. When you are ready to cook, put your pork on a wire rack in the sink and pour a jug of boiling water over the rind. Pat dry thoroughly with paper towel.
  3. Rub the roast with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and half a tablespoon of salt so that the oil and salt penetrates the scores.
  4. Place the roast on a wire rack inside a baking tray and cook at 240°C for up to 50 minutes until the rind crackles (if the roast is over 2kg, take 10 minutes off this initial crackling time).
  5. Turn the oven down to 180°C and cook for 30 – 35 minutes per kg, depending on your preference in roast
  6. Let the roast rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Without crackling

  1. Sear first in a pan on low-medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Place in a preheated oven at 180°C and cook for 40 minutes per kilogram (to achieve even cooking, place roast on an elevated rack in the oven).
  3. Rest under foil for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  1. Take a 2cm thick loin steak
  2. Pre-heat a pan with tablespoon of oil
  3. Cook the steak on one side without turning for 6 minutes
  4. Turn it over once and allow it to cook for 2 minutes. This method will cook the steak to just white. If you prefer a little bit of pink just reduce the cooking time until the steak is to your liking.
  5. Take the steak straight out of the pan without flipping over and place on a plate to rest for 2 minutes to allow the juice to settle and become tender.

In a pan

  1. Adjust your pan to medium heat
  2. Separate the sausages by cutting the links and cook only as many sausages as you have room for in the pan- the sausages should not be touching each other
  3. Add a drizzle of olive oil onto pan and then add the sausages on to cook, turning every minute or two, for about 12 minutes, or until nice and brown on all sides
  4. Check the sausages are hot all the way through and that no pink remains before serving

On a BBQ

  1. Get the coals on the barbecue nice and hot, without too much flame and with plenty of glowing embers
  2. Rake the coals into a big pile on one side and a smaller pile on the other so that there is a hot side and a cool side of the barbecue
  3. Separate the sausages by cutting the links
  4. Place the sausages on the hot side, ensuring they do not touch each other, and cook for a few minutes, turning every minute or two, until light brown on all sides
  5. When golden all over, move the sausages to the cooler side of the barbecue so they can cook through without burning
  6. Check that the sausages are hot all the way through and that no pink remains before serving

Stovetop to oven

  1. Preheat oven to 200°C and position a rack in the middle of the oven. Place a skillet in the oven to preheat as well.
  2. Remove the chops from their packaging. Pat dry with paper towels. Rub both sides with olive oil, and then season with salt and pepper.
  3. Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven and set it over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Lay the pork chops in the hot skillet. Sear until the undersides of the chops are seared golden, 3 minutes.
  4. Flip the pork chops on the other side and immediately transfer the skillet to the oven.
  5. Roast until the pork chops are cooked through for about 6-10 minutes and register 60°C to 65°C in the thickest part of the meat with an instant-read thermometer if needed.
  6. Transfer the cooked pork chops to a plate and pour any pan juices over the top. Cover loosely with foil and let the chops rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

In a pan

  1. Brush pork cutlets with tablespoon of oil and then season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Adjust stovetop to medium-high heat. Add a tablespoon of oil onto the pan and when hot, carefully place cutlets onto the pan to cook.
  3. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown, depending on the thickness.
  4. Transfer cutlets onto a serving dish and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  1. Remove ribs from the packaging and pull off the membrane, which is usually attached to the underside of the rib cage. Slide a knife underneath it and gently pull it up, working carefully to remove all shreds of the membrane. Season the ribs with salt, pepper, and other preferred spices.
  2. Place aluminum foil in a metal baking pan. Leave enough foil hanging over the edges of the pan to fold over and cover the pan while the meat is cooking. The pan should have at least two inch sides, and be large enough for all the meat to fit in one layer (stacking ribs will cause it to cook unevenly).
  3. Put water in the bottom of the pan to give it a depth of 1/4 inch. The water will create steam to keep the meat moist, while keeping the bottom of the pan and foil from scorching.
  4. Place the ribs in the pan with the arch of the ribs up, so that you cannot see the bones as well.
  5. Form a tent with aluminum foil over the meat
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 160°C degrees, for about an hour, with the ribs covered.
  7. Remove the pan from the oven. Unfold the foil, then return it to the oven, raise the temperature to 190°C degrees and allow it to cook for 10 to 15 more minutes. This will allow the ribs to brown and will cook off some of the juices in the pan.
  8. Remove the ribs from the oven and serve.