Slowly Cooked Bacon Fore End

I like this recipe, it’s a no fuss, no faff can’t go wrong recipe doesn’t even need a set of scales and takes very little time to prepare. I have made this many times, never weighted the ingredients once and always turns out delicious.
Fore end joint- it’s a fantastic bacon joint that is always underestimated-flavour second to none and if you buy from the Wiltshire Bacon Company our butchers have already deboned, trimmed and prepared it ready to go.

So, the easy bit:


Bacon Fore end Joint
Dessert spoon black peppercorns
Handful shallots-skin, leave whole.
Two oranges-cut into four-remove any seeds.
1 small chilli, finely diced.
Vegetable stock-jug full.
2-3 Good spoonfuls of honey.

Step 1
Add all the ingredients to a slow cooker or casserole dish, enough stock is added so it covers the bacon. Leave the net on the bacon joint.

Step 2
Switch the slow cooker to Low and leave for around 3 hours. If you are using a casserole dish-place in the oven preheated to 140 °C and leave for again 3 hours.

Step 3
Carefully lift the joint from the pot with a couple of forks and place on a baking tray. Remove the netting carefully. Add a spoon of honey over the top and bake at 180ºC for around 10 mins until the rind begins to crisp.

Step 4
That’s it -serve with mashed potato and steamed greens-the juices in the pot are great to pour over the potato!