For many Australians, roast pork is our default national dish. It’s succulent, delicious, and versatile, and there is a reason so many chefs and cooks love pork. You can do so much with it in terms of cooking, but also by way of the cuts of meat you use as well. If you really want to nail the perfect roast pork you need to prepare effectively, and get the cooking process down pat.
So much of the process of effective cooking happens in the preparation process, and this is something that you need to look into as much as you can. There are a lot of ideas that play a role in helping you perfect this delicious Aussie classic. Here are some of the key things you have to keep in mind if you want to nail the ultimate roast pork dish to impress your family and friends.
Choosing the Right Cut
Choosing the right cut of meat is the essential first step in the process of nailing the perfect roast pork dish. Now, there are many different cuts of meat you might like to consider going for. We recommend the pork loin or the boneless pork shoulder. If you decide to go with the pork loin - make sure you score the skin in order to get the best outcome for your crackling.
Prepping the Meat
Next up it’s time to prep the meat, and this means taking it out of the fridge and allowing it to breathe on the side for a while, as well as patting it dry with kitchen roll. Pop some chopped onion underneath it so the pork is sitting off the bottom of the dish, reducing the risk of it sticking to the bottom of the pan. Make sure you cook uncovered for the whole time, in order to get the skin as dry as possible.
Of course, the secret to the most delicious meat is making sure you season it as well as you can. And that is why you need to make sure you come up with the right seasoning to really unlock the flavour of your roast pork. You might like to go for a basic seasoning, such as rubbing your meat with olive oil and salt. The idea here is to make sure you unlock the moisture which helps to make the crackling more crispy.
Get the Heat Right
When cooking your pork, it is important to ensure that you get the cooking times and temperatures right, as this can make all the difference to the way in which the meat tastes, as well as allowing you prep time for the other parts of the dish. The best approach for amazing crackling is to make sure you blast the pork for around 20 mins, before reducing the heat and cooking long and slow.
These are just some of the best ideas you can use that will help you to make the best possible roast pork.
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