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How to Cook a Pork Knuckle

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How to Cook a Pork Knuckle
Roasted pork knuckle pated on wood board. Photo Credit zhekos/iStock/Getty Images

Pork knuckle is a common German dish also known as schweinshaxe. The knuckle is the portion of a pig’s leg between the knee and the foot that may come from either the front or back legs. Pork knuckle is often served with a piece of the leg bone sticking out of the meat. Finding pork knuckle in North America may prove challenging, so ask your butcher if you’d like to give it a try. You can cook pork knuckle a couple of different ways to get a tender result.

Oven Braised

Step 1

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Place the chopped onion into the baking dish.

Step 3

Place the pork knuckle on top of the onion, and add roughly 1 inch of water or other liquid, such as beer or broth.

Step 4

Slide the dish into the oven, and bake for two hours, until the knuckle is cooked through. Check the dish periodically, and add more liquid if it evaporates.


Step 1

Place the pork knuckle in a large pot on your stove, and cover it with water.

Step 2

Add aromatic vegetables such as carrots, celery and onion to the water, if you wish.

Step 3

Bring the water to a boil.

Step 4

Simmer the pork knuckle for up to two hours, until the meat is tender and pulls away from the bone easily.

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