Slowly Roasted Hand of Pork


Serves 4
Prep Time 15 mins
Cooking Time 4hrs 45 mins

  • Hand of pork, on the bone (approx 4kg)
  • Salt and pepper


  • Place the hand of pork on a clean surface and pat dry
  • Using a sharp knife, score the skin through to the fat, avoid cutting into the meat
  • Turn the joint over so that the skin is on a flat surface
  • Season the meat with salt and pepper, rub into the meat
  • Turn the joint back over, and rub a teaspoonful of salt into the skin
  • Put the joint into a roasting dish
  • Roast in a preheated oven (middle shelf) at 220°C/425°F/gas mark 7 for 30 minutes
  • After 30 minutes, check the meat, the skin should be starting to blister, if not put back for another 15 minutes
  • Remove the joint from the oven and cover with aluminium foil, sealing around the edge of the roasting dish
  • Lower the heat to 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3, cook for 3 hours, again on middle shelf
  • Remove joint from the oven, and discard foil
  • Spoon off fat, leaving 4 Tbsp for basting
  • Baste the meat and place back in the oven for 45minutes-1 hour, 170°C/325°F/gas mark 3
  • Skin should now be crisp
  • See Cook’s tips
  • Serve with apple sauce and gravy of your choice

Cook's tips

  • Don’t expect to carve the joint, just pull off the meat with kitchen tongs


  • Roasting dish
  • Aluminium foil

Shopping List

  • Hand of pork , on the bone (approx 4kg)
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Kim March 25, 2009 at 8:00 am

Yes, slow roasted… awesome, these are the best cuts but alot of people DO turn their noses up, because they aren’t “pretty” Oh well, more for us!

Lesley March 25, 2009 at 2:05 pm

Their loss…our gain!

Kim March 31, 2009 at 7:57 pm

thats right :)

JACKIE May 10, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Where can i buy a hand of pork , and how much would a 4kg
one cost , and would it be fresh THANKS!!!

Barry May 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

I buy mine from the butcher at our local market, but you could try any Farmers Market. Cost is £5.00 here. Yes it should be fresh if you use a reputable butcher…

Linda December 24, 2011 at 8:29 am

Hand of pork – Truly scrumptious! I used to buy this many years ago when bringing up 2 daughters as a single Mum on a very low budget. Nowadays this is rarely asked for at my local butchers – it’s the cut they use to make their sausages! (probably why their bangers are so good!)
This is my choice for Christmas dinner this year as it is superb and so easy to cook – Oh, and cheap (Cost me £9 for a good size joint – I did ask for the smallest piggy hand!) Slow cooking at 160 degs (uncovered) after seasoning and light brushing with olive oil and lightly salting the scored skin. Some halved onions under the joint will caramelise and are delicious. Give it around 3 – 4 hours, then stick up the heat to 200 degs. Put your spuds, some garlic cloves and other root veg around the joint. I promise you will be assured of success! Succulent and full of flavour, with plenty of meat….Yummy! Happy Christmas 2011

Lesley December 26, 2011 at 10:57 am

Hi Linda, Thanks for dropping by & your lovely comment! Good to know how you cooked the pork, sounds superb!! :o)

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