Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr 30 mins

A neck or shoulder pork roast works well.

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 450°F Dry pork roast as much as possible with a paper towel.
  2. Using a sharp knife, cut halfway through the fat layer (but not the meat) in horizontal lines 1/2" apart. Then make vertical lines 1/2" apart, making a cross-hatch pattern.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the salt, cloves, mustard seeds, and crumbled bay leaves. Rub the mixture into the pork roast, making sure to work it into the fat layer.
  4. Place in a deep roasting pan and roast for about 30 minutes or until top is crackling and golden brown. Reduce heat to 350°F and carefully pour the water into the pan.
  5. Cook another hour, or until meat reaches 160°F.
  6. Remove crackling from roast, cut roast into slices, and serve crackling with the roast.