Crackling Pork Belly ‘n’ Apple Sauce

Everyone needs a great pork belly recipe in their lives.

It’s great whatever the season, filling, tasty and a real crowd pleaser.

This one has the crispiest, most delicious crackling you’ll ever find!

No funny ingredients, nothing fancy. Simple food at its best.

You’ll need:

One belly of pork

Olive oil


Cooking apples (one for every guest)



Right, this is ludicrously easy! Pre-heat your oven to 220C/400F. Dry the skin of your pork with paper towels. Pop it onto a rack over a baking tray. Drizzle with a enough olive oil to cover, rub it around and sprinkle liberally with salt.

Put into the hot oven for an hour.

While it’s cooking, peel and chop your apples. Simmer in a covered saucepan with a small cup of water for 10mins, or until they go really mushy. There shouldn’t be too much water left over, but if you find there is, drain it away, stir in a sprinkle of nutmeg and pop your apple sauce on one side.

After an hour check your pork. If the crackling isn’t quite done, turn the grill (broiler) on and give it a minute or two under there.

Voila! You’re done!

Serve it up with whatever you fancy, mash, veggies, salad… or just a little wine.

Make sure you tear off a chunk of that crackling and scoop up a mouthful of apple with it, it’s a shortcut to heaven.

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  • Phoebe

    Do you put the nutmeg with the apple or the pork?

    • Jessica Kate Grimditch

      Apple ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Typically goes with the apples, but who knows, maybe Rosie puts it on her pork? ;o)

    • Her directions say to sprinkle some nutmeg into the apples.

  • I love all your recipes Rosie but you’ve really hit the nail on the head with this one. Pork belly is my absolute FAVOURITE!!!

  • Amy

    I’m drooling at my desk. Crackling is definitely the way to a girl’s heart… I never thought cooking pork belly was that easy – this is a revelation!
    Amy x

  • Hi_D

    I would absolutely like a bite out of that pork. Yum!

  • Kat

    This looks delicious – will definitely have to give this one a try!

    Kat |

  • ninegrandstudent

    I love pork belly – I find it great with a sweet chilli style sauce! x

  • I’m not normally a fan of Pork but this looks too good to pass on – yummy! Harriet x

  • This looks amazing. How do you stay so skinny??


  • Oh my god, I love cooking with pork belly so much! I actually posted my own recipe last week:
    Would love if you could pop over to have a look! ๐Ÿ˜€
    Anna x

  • Sara Barnes

    I’m adding this to the grocery list for next week! It look fabulous!

  • Ro

    Surely those 3 Switzerland posts cannot be all? Didn’t you say something about Swiss Air. It wasn’t mentioned in the previous post.

  • Mmmmmm God I’m hungry. Crackling is my favourite thing in the world.

    Where did you buy the belly of pork though? Do you go to a butchers? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen it in my local Tesco Express, sadly.


  • oh my goodness, this looks and sounds amazing!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • That looks amazing. I’m not one to like pork belly but that looks so good.

  • LOVE pork belly. If it’s on the menu in a restaurant, I don’t even look at anything else. Didn’t realise it was quite so simple to cook! Definitely going to give it a shot one Autumn weekend ๐Ÿ™‚ xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

  • Mum’s Days

    You’re so right, belly pork is such a crowd pleaser (especially if I’m in the crowd) and I’ve never been able to quite get the crackling right without overcooking, so this is really helpful. Thanks Rosie! xxx

  • I was starving, watching the clock and waiting for lunch time at my office (in 40 minutes) and now I’m drooling at my desk.

  • Christine

    Wow. Is that basically a huge slab of bacon? Yum.

  • Rebecca Dobson

    This looks ridiculously good and is so easy! Definitely set to be a crowdpleaser – I can’t wait to give it a go.

    Becks xo

  • Wow. That looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. I will have to make this for my hubby. I think he would love it.

  • Simplicity at it’s absolute best!

  • Imogen May

    I bet your house smelt bladdy amazing after cooking that beast! Immy X

  • Queenie Lee

    I can’t believe how easy this recipe is! Will definitely be trying it out ๐Ÿ™‚

  • That looks incredible! I may just have to give it a shot for my next dinner party.

    Always, Anita

    P.S. Yesterday I made that peach danish recipe that you posted a few days ago, and it was a huge hit! Thank you for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This sounds gorgeous! I loves these recipes, keep them coming! I add them all to my list to try when I go back to university!

    Michelle xx |

  • I love pork with applesauce! I’ll have to give your recipe a try. Thanks Rosie!


  • Kelsey Wilburn

    love this! it looks amazing

  • That crackling looks incredible!!! My mouth is watering…You’ve made it look so easy, too! Will have to pop to the butcher and give this a try – it’s a perfect autumn recipe!

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

  • Wow that looks soo freaking delicious..

  • You always do excellent food posts, love the photography ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  • Oh my this looks so fabulous and so easy thanks for the idea Rosie, great idea for me to treat the boy this week. Rosie x

  • TheBostonian

    Your recipes make my day over here in Boston! Thank you, thank you, thank you! x

  • My mouth is watering!!! Omg thank you so much for sharing!


  • Ahh!! Must try this out! xo, Hayley

  • This looks amazing! Fab cackling, I thought there was an art to getting crackling this good! Based on the success I’ve had with your other recipes Rosie I’m definitely trying this!
    Hugs xoxo

  • Oh hello a perfect autumn/fall recipe for cold nights spent watching TV hugging a blanket!

    Fiona x Coffee & Confetti

  • Imogen

    This will definitely be on next weeks shopping list. So simple yet so tasty. Crackling is my favourite! Love your blog. If you have the time to answer, I was wondering what you used to edit your photos?
    I also have the Lumix GF5 but mine don’t turn out the same as yours. Is is the fact you’re using a pancake lens? I haven’t invested in one of those yet!
    Thanks! Imogen x

  • Aurรจ

    Voilร  a standing ovation for you Rosie! Brava,Bravissima!…create a such mouthwatering,easy dish is Art…and…you’re such a great Artist to prepare this pork belly ‘n’ apple sauce,Great!
    Chapeau !

  • This looks incredible <3 Cannot wait to try!!

  • Geena

    I’m not generally a huge fan of pork because I always find it to be too fatty but this looks incredible- you may have converted me!

  • That crackling is one of the best I’ve seen, looks amazing! X

  • I’ve never tired pork belly, but it sounds amazing!!

  • Lemony Smiles

    I posted this question yesterday but maybe it wasn’t approved as it wasn’t gushing enough. Just curious as to what you do with the olive oil as it’s mentioned in the ingredients list but not in the instructions.

    • Lemony Smiles

      Thanks for editing – belly pork bought and being tried out this weekend!

    • Jacqui

      It is mentioned in the directions.
      “Drizzle with enough olive oil to cover, rub it around and sprinkle liberally with salt.”

  • TheGivingBride

    I’ve pinned this one for later use-looks amazing!

  • MG

    I’m glad I do not have a fire alarm system in my apartment… Guess something is wrong with my oven :)) I’ve never seen so much smoke before coming from such a small piece of meat ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Love how simple you make this! I usually caramelize my apples to make a little toasty “bed” for my pork, you should give it a try! xxx