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