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Crispy German Pork Knuckle with Beer Braised Apples

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When i saw a few beautiful pieces of pork knuckles at the market, i immediately bagged one home even though i had no idea how to cook this dish at all. I have always been a big fan of pork knuckles but Ben always says no to it when we dine out and it is so expensive at Brotzeit. There is no way that i would order it just for myself. After eating the one i cooked the other day, Ben fell in love at the first bite and the first thing he said was “can you please cook this for me once a month?”. I was so touched when i heard that, i never expected him to love it this much.

I am not sure if i made this the authentic way, but i don’t really care as it was perfect to us! The skin was super super crispy and to die for, the meat was juicy and tender, and the apples complimented it beautifully!


  1. 1 large pork knuckle, about 1.3kg
  2. Dry rub: salt, pepper and caraway seeds
  3. Beer
  4. Apples, peeled and sliced


  1. Rub salt, pepper and caraway seeds over pork knuckle. Leave in the fridge overnight, uncovered.
  2. Lay apples over baking dish. Pour beer into the dish.
  3. Place pork knuckle over apples.
  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 180deg for one hour.
  5. Remove dish from oven, prick holes all over the skin of the knuckle.
  6. Return to oven and bake for one more hour.
  7. Increase temperature to 220deg and bake for 20minutes.
  8. If your skin has not crackled yet, i turned off the bottom heat and turned on the grill and roasted until the skin is crispy and crackled.

6 thoughts on “Crispy German Pork Knuckle with Beer Braised Apples

      1. I use spices like red paprika, chili I grow myself, salt and pepper, some other seasonal spices, I bake it with carrots and potatoes and mushrooms, splash it with some dark beer, prick it with a fork, so the cooking process is very similar to yours 😊


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