Baked knuckles, hearty and tasty

A rustic and tasty dish, perfect for the winter season.

Baked pork knuckle is a classic in the Trentino cuisine, as well as in much of the Central European area.

Its savoury and strong taste makes it perfect as a recipe for special occasions or for large meals with friends and family, especially during the colder months.

Baked knuckles

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 14 hours
Marination 1 day
Total Time 1 day 14 hours 30 minutes
Course Second dish
Servings 4 people


  • 4 pork knuckles without rind
  • 4 l sparkling water
  • 12 needles rosemary
  • 4 leaves bay
  • 3 g black pepper
  • 4 berries juniper
  • q.b. evo oil
  • 1 knob butter
  • 100 g sugar
  • 100 g salt



  • Clean the shins of fat and cartilage.
  • Place the shanks in a container and immerse themin cold sparkling water; place them in the refrigerator for about 10 minutes.
  • Fill a container with 2 litres of sparklingwater, dissolve 100 g sugar and 100 g salt in it and immerse the shanks. Leaveto stand in the fridge for 24 hours.


  • Start the blast chiller with the pre-heatingcycle at 70°C with active humidity.
  • Whisk together pepper, bay leaf and rosemary.Drain the shanks and place them in a vacuum-packed cooking bag together withthe previously blended herbs. Vacuum-pack them.
  • Place the bag in the blast chiller and start thetimed cooking cycle with the following parameters:
    – duration: 14 hours
    – cell temperature: 68°C
    – ventilation: 100%
    – humidity: lvl 5
    Set blast chiller to +3°C at the end of cooking.Store in the refrigerator for up to 21 days.


  • Drain the shanks, recovering the cookingliquids, with which to prepare a reduction.
  • Roast the shanks, brushed with the reduction, at240°C in the oven until golden brown.


Balanced salt for white meat consists of 150g salt and 75g sugar. Use 12g per kg of meat.
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How to serve the baked knuckle?

The combination of knuckle and beer is a great classic, especially in mountain restaurants or Bavarian-style breweries. Usually an amber or full-bodied red beer is chosen to balance the very tasty meat.

The most traditional side dish is potatoes, baked, roasted or steamed.

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