Crackled Pork Leg with Apple Sauce Gravy

Prep time 15 minutes Cook time 2 hours 45 minutes

Serves 6 people



  • 3kg pork leg, bone in
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoons sea salt flakes

Apple sauce gravy

  • 20g butter
  • 1 tablespoon plain flour
  • 1 ½ cups chicken stock
  • ½ cup store-bought apple sauce + extra to serve


  1. 1.
    For best results, dry the pork leg with paper towel. Place, uncovered, in the fridge overnight to air dry. Let pork stand for 1 hour at room temperature before roasting.
  2. 2.
    Preheat oven to 240˚C/220˚C fan-forced.
  3. 3.
    Using a sharp knife, score pork rind (not the flesh) at 1cm wide intervals. Rub rind with oil and then rub with salt.
  4. 4.
    Place pork onto a rack in a large roasting pan. Roast pork for 20-25 minutes or until the rind is crisp and golden.
  5. 5.
    Reduce oven to 180˚C/160˚C fan-forced. Roast pork for a further 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours or until just cooked through. The best way to know if the pork is cooked through is to insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat, the internal temperature should be about 70˚C for medium.
  6. 6.
    Once cooked through, transfer pork to a carving board to rest for 15 minutes.
  7. 7.
    Drain fat from the roasting pan leaving 2 tablespoons pan juices. Add butter and place pan over medium heat. When butter is sizzling, sprinkle with flour and stir with a whisk until combined.
  8. 8.
    Cook on stove, stirring, for 2 minutes until golden and bubbling.
  9. 9.
    Gradually stir in stock, whisking constantly, until mixture boils and a smooth gravy forms. Stir in apple sauce, reduce heat and simmer for 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  10. 10.
    Slice the pork and serve with the apple sauce gravy. Team with the leftover apple sauce and roasted apple wedges if liked.