Pork Leg Roast

Pork Leg Roast

Every Christmas in our house a leg ham is a must, it like a tradition similar to turkeys in the U.S. during Thanksgiving but like my blueberry cheesecake I want to change what’s on our centrepiece this time around so I opted for a pork leg roast as I am imagining a really soft melt in your mouth tender meat with crispy crackling served on my plate would be better than a leg ham.

A real easy recipe that you can serve on special occasions all you need is 10 minutes of preparation time and lots of patience waiting for it to cook. How about you what was your centrepiece dish last Christmas?


4-6 kg pork leg, bone in, rind on (choose the one that is fatty this helps in making the meat soft)
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper


  1. Pre heat oven to 220C.
  2. Score rind with a sharp knife; rub generously with salt filling the crevices of the scored rind.
  3. Rub oil evenly on the whole leg.
  4. Season leg with freshly ground black pepper.
  5. Place leg in a roasting rack then roast for 30 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to 170 and cook for 30 minutes for 500g of meat (In my case I had a 6kg leg so I cooked it for 6 hrs.)
  7. You can also add potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin and onions on the last hour of cooking.
  8. Once cooked remove from oven then let it cook for 10 minutes before serving.

18 Responses

  1. I am doing a pork roast tomorrow evening too.
    🙂 Mandy

  2. That looks extremelu good and what a great idea! Ours was a honey baked ham – it was lovely too as I don;t eat ham too often.

  3. Simply Tia says:

    Ham is a must in our household when I was in the Caribbean every Christmas too. No ham? No Christmas! Now that I’m the US…well things have changed. whether there is ham or not, Christmas goes on. Your pork leg roast looks delicious!

  4. One of my fav and I simply love this dish. The more fats the more yummy it will taste. Btw Raymund, I am out travelling and will certainly keep in touch when I get back home next week.

  5. PolaM says:

    Buono! Delicious! Love it! Want some to!

  6. This looks wonderful. We had linguine and clams on Christmas. We always have fish.

  7. Eri says:

    Traditionaly back in Greece we have pork for Christmas. I love your version! Have a great weekend!

  8. Kathryn says:

    That is one gorgeous roast! No one will miss the ham in the slightest with this beauty around!!

  9. This looks really good! Thanks for sharing! Pork Roast… yummmmmmmmy, It’s definitely more fun in the Philippines

  10. Gosh that looks so good ! What was the gravy you served it with ?

  11. Jay says:

    absolutely lipsmacking..;P

    Tasty Appetite

  12. You can never go wrong with pork leg any which way.

  13. pork leg look sooo good. our centerpiece was a goat’s head. 🙁

  14. Aileen says:

    This looks so yummy!

  15. meri says:

    beautifully done!

  16. I’m really shocked to see how simple this is! I am not sure if I had pork leg…unless I didn’t know and had it. It’s a huge chunk, right? Probably never had it. I want to come over to celebrate at your home, where meals are ALWAYS superb….

  17. foodjaunts says:

    Must make this!!! Soon. I love the idea. I wonder where I could get a pork leg? This kind of reminds me of pata only not deep fried.

  18. Wow, that got my mouth watering. I will give it a try. Fingers crossed!

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