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Pork Knuckle - German Style Recipe

This pork knuckle us crispy on the outside and super tender on the inside. Roasted pork knuckle is a German delicacy that's easy to prepare and goes really well with a glass of cold beer.
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine German


  • 1 large rear leg pork knuckle / pork hock
  • 3 large onions
  • 6-8 garlic cloves
  • 4-5 bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 5 allspice corns
  • olive oil
  • salt
  • ground black pepper


  • Start by boiling the pork knuckle in a large pot. Bring the water to a boil first, then add the knuckle.
  • Season the water with a large onion, 2 tablespoons of salt, 1 tablespoon of caraway seeds, 1 tablespoon of black peppercorns, 5 allspice corns and 4-5 bay leaves.
  • Simmer on low heat for 60-90 minutes, based on how large the pork knuckle is.
  • Once the knuckle becomes tender, transfer it to a deep baking dish. Use a sharp knife to make cuts into the skin, do not cut into the meat itself.
  • Prepare a marinade by mixing 2 tablespoons of olive oil, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 teaspoon of black pepper and 1-2 crushed garlic cloves. Brush the pork knuckle with the marinade from all sides, including the cuts.
  • Roughly cut 2 onions and 3 garlic cloves and add them to the dish. Pour in a pint of dark beer and 2-3 ladles of the broth we made while boiling the knuckle.
  • Add 3 stalks of rosemary to get some aroma in.
  • Start baking the pork knuckle at 150C / 300F. This large knuckle will take about 2 hours to bake fully. Keep basting the meat with the juices at least every 30 minutes.
  • Flip the pork knuckle after one hour to make sure it bakes evenly from all sides.
  • For the final 30 minutes, turn the knuckle skin side up again and increase the oven temperature to 250C / 475F to make the skin nice and crisp.
  • Once the skin becomes deep golden brown and lightly charred, we are done.
  • Serve with bread, horseradish, pickles, mustard and spicy peppers.
Keyword crispy pork knuckle, german pork knuckle, pork knuckle
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