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How to Achieve Perfect Pork Crackling for Your Certified Free Range Pork Roast on Christmas Day

How to Achieve Perfect Pork Crackling for Your Certified Free Range Pork Roast on Christmas Day - The Meat Store

Christmas in Australia is a time for family, friends, and festive feasts. And what better centrepiece for your holiday table than a succulent certified free range pork roast, cooked to perfection.

At The Meat Store, we understand the importance of quality meat & serving an amazing meal that will creating long lasting memories, so we're here to guide you through the process of preparing the perfect pork crackling for your Christmas Day celebration. 

From choosing the right cut to mastering the crackling technique, we've got you covered.

Selecting the Ideal Cut

The foundation of a great free range pork roast begins with choosing the right cut of meat. At The Meat Store, we offer an exquisite range of certified free range pork options to suit your preferences. 

For a classic Christmas roast, consider a boneless pork loin roast. These cuts are not only flavourful but also perfect for achieving crispy crackling.

Preparing the Pork

Before diving into the crackling, it's essential to prepare your pork roast correctly. Start by patting the meat dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture, which can hinder crackling formation. Then, score the skin with a sharp knife, ensuring the cuts are deep enough to reach the fat layer beneath.

Salt and Season

A generous seasoning is key to flavourful crackling. Sprinkle sea salt liberally over the skin, ensuring it gets into the scored cuts. For an extra kick, add your favourite herbs and spices, such as rosemary, thyme, or fennel seeds. These aromatics will infuse the meat with delightful flavours as it roasts.

Let It Rest

Allow your seasoned pork roast to rest uncovered in the refrigerator for at least a few hours, or ideally overnight. This step dries out the skin further, promoting crispiness and intensifying the flavours.

Perfect Roasting

On Christmas Day, preheat your oven to 220°C (430°F) and place your seasoned and rested pork roast on a wire rack in a roasting pan. This setup allows heat to circulate evenly, ensuring uniform cooking. Roast for about 20-30 minutes to achieve the initial crackling, then reduce the heat to 180°C (360°F) and continue cooking until the internal temperature reaches a safe 70°C (160°F) for pork.

Keep an Eye on It

During roasting, periodically check the pork's progress. If you notice any uneven browning, rotate the pan for even cooking. Be attentive, as achieving the perfect crackling can be a matter of minutes.

The Crispy Finish

To ensure your crackling is crispy and golden brown, you can switch your oven to the grill/broil function for the last few minutes. Keep a close eye on it to prevent burning.

Rest and Carve

Once your certified free range pork roast is done, remove it from the oven and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes. This allows the juices to redistribute, ensuring a juicy and flavourful roast. Then, carve your roast into thick, succulent slices and serve with your favourite Christmas sides.


This Christmas, elevate your holiday feast with a certified free range pork roast from The Meat Store, delivered right to your doorstep with same-day home delivery in Sydney. By following these steps, you'll be well on your way to achieving the perfect pork crackling that will leave your guests raving about your culinary skills. Delight in the deliciousness of Australian pork and celebrate the season with the finest Christmas meat delivered to your home.

Make this Christmas memorable with The Meat Store – where quality and flavour meet to create unforgettable festive moments!