Beer Roasted Crispy Pork Knuckle Recipe

Popular across all of central Europe my version of beer roasted crispy pork knuckle has definite Hungarian leanings and features dark beer and caraway seeds.

Portrait close up of a roasted crispy pork knuckle showing crisp crackling

Easy Crispy Roasted Pork.

How about we kick off 2018 with something altogether fabulous and just a little bit frugal. I don’t know about you but Christmas and New Year always leaves me broke.

This hearty recipe hits all the right fiscal measures… Not to mention that it is basically all of my favourite things.

Pork is hands down my favourite meat. The knuckle with a bit of care and attention can be utterly spectacular.

This pork knuckle recipe is very homely and simple but it is a cut of meat that can be dressed up too.

This ham hock salad is probably one of my personal favourites on my whole site! It also lends itself really well to Asian flavours as in this Chinese Black Bean Sauce braised Ham Hock.

As far as I am concerned it is a match for anything 3 or 4 times the price.

Now when I say a bit of care and attention I mean just that.

There are no mad chef skills involved here just a wee bit of time. Oh yeah, and changing the temperature on the oven a couple of once over 4 and a half hours…

So stupidly simple and a real winner, you will be fighting over the crispy skin on this every single time!

Don’t get me started on that beer and onion gravy that requires no more work than blending!

Portrait image of the meat from a roast pork knuckle served on a white plate with crispy crackling, red cabbage and boiled potatoes.

Pigs Have Knuckles?

Of course!

It is a cut of meat also goes by the name ham hock or pork hock and it is the bit of the leg that falls between the main ham joint and the pig’s trotter.

Stop pulling a face, I can see you!

Pigs trotters are responsible for the jelly in my pork pie and just like the trotter the knuckle is packed with tendon and ligament.

Sounds tasty right?

Well, it is these bits that break down under slow roasting or braising. This creates an insanely juicy and sweet meat that “never” dries out.

You could call it the pork knee or pork shank I guess as it is the same cut of meat as the lamb shank.

Variants on this ham hock recipe are crazy popular all over this part of Europe.

In Germany and Austria, it is known as Schweinshaxe and here in Hungary, it would be sörben sült csülök.

I have not been into a single old fashioned Hungarian restaurant in over 10 years here that does not have a version of this on the menu.

Rightly so it is spectacularly good and a cut of meat that is often overlooked.

As far as I am concerned it is the best cut of pork for roasting it never dries out!

Portrait image of the meat from a roast pork knuckle having gravy poured over it served on a white plate with crispy crackling, red cabbage and boiled potatoes.

Recipe Hints and Serving Suggestions.

To begin with, I will hold my hands up and say this pork knuckle definitely serves more than two!

Most of my recipes here are focussed on the smaller family, but sometimes you just have to eat what you love. And I love Roast Pork!

Your average Pork Hock will weigh in at around 1-1.5kg and despite common thoughts there is not a lot of waste. Particularly when it is slowly roasted.

The good news is that the leftover meat makes the best sandwiches! Slap on some of your favourite chutney and off you go.

As you can see from my video I blend the onion/garlic mix to form a thick onion gravy.

You can leave out some of the liquid and onions and add this back in after blending if you wish.

And the secret to that crispy crackling… Simple, that last 30 minutes. Remove the liquid, crank up that heat and watch it go!

When it comes to serving then this porker has to be served with braised red cabbage and boiled potatoes!

Crispy Beer Roasted Pork Knuckle Recipe

Crispy Beer Roasted Pork Knuckle Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes

Pork Knuckle or Ham Hock is one of my favourite things to order off a menu. It is however, perfectly easy to cook this frugal classic crispy pork recipe at home!


  • 1.2 Kg Pork Knuckle
  • 300 ml Dark Beer
  • 350 g Onion
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tsp Caraway Seeds
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves


  1. Peel the onion and cut it into 1cm thick half moons.
  2. Throw the onion and garlic into the base of a heavy based oven proof pan.
  3. Stand the knuckle on the onions with "foot" end pointing upwards.
  4. Pour over the beer and then season the pork with the salt, pepper and caraway seeds then tuck in the bay leaves.
  5. Place in a pre-heated oven at 180°C or 350°F and roast for 3.5 hours.
  6. After the pork has been cooking for 3.5 hours remove the onions and liquid from the cooking pan and blitz to form a gravy.
  7. Turn up the heat to 220°C or 450°C and return the roast for a further 30 minutes.
  8. Alternatively, if you have a fan assisted oven increase the heat to 200°C or 400°F for 30 minutes.
  9. If you are using a fan assisted oven keep an eye on the pork as the crisping time varies greatly!
  10. Finally, reheat the gravy to serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 786 Total Fat: 41g Saturated Fat: 14g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 25g Cholesterol: 273mg Sodium: 831mg Carbohydrates: 12g Net Carbohydrates: 0g Fiber: 2g Sugar: 4g Sugar Alcohols: 0g Protein: 80g
Calorific details are provided by a third-party application and are to be used as indicative figures only.

9 thoughts on this Recipe:

  1. What a wonderful marriage of flavors you got here Brian! I love pork with cabbage and red cabbage makes it all the more special during the cold winter months. The most essential spice that I can see here is caraway seeds. I know it must be sooo good! that’s comfort food in my book. 🙂

  2. I had pork knuckle for the first time ever last autumn in Poland, but I never looked anything as incredible as yours!


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