Crackling Roast Pork with Vegetables and Cider Gravy

This recipe has been shared by our friends at Australian Pork, with the gravy adapted to incorporate Willie Smiths Apple Cider - a crisp, flavoursome addition to traditional pan gravy.

At a glance

Approx 2.5 hours
Serves 8 people


  • 2kg Boneless Pork Shoulder Roast
  • Olive oil
  • Coarse sea salt
  • 4 potatoes, halved
  • 9 small red onions, peeled and quartered
  • 3-4 wedges of pumpkin, seeds removed
  • 4 carrots, peeled
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 300ml chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup Willie Smiths Apple Cider
  • freshly ground pepper and salt.


  1. Preheat the oven to 240°C. Using a sharp knife, score the skin of the pork, being careful to not cut into the meat.
  2. Rub the whole piece of pork with olive oil and massage into the skin, then sprinkle generously with sea salt and rub over the scored skin.
  3. Place the roast onto a rack within a roasting pan and into the preheated oven for 50 minutes or until the rind is golden crackling (take 10 minutes off the crackling time if your roast is over 2kgs).
  4. Reduce the oven temperature to 180°C and continue to cook the roast for 70 minutes (30-35mins per kg of meat). When the pork has been roasting for 30 minutes, add the prepared vegetables to the roasting pan.
  5. Remove the roasted pork and vegetables from the oven and leave to rest for 15 minutes before serving.
  6. Make gravy using the roasting juices mixed with the flour, stirring until well combined. Reduce the heat and stir often until the mixture is well browned, taking care that the mixture does not burn.
  7. Add in the stock and cider, bring to the boil, stirring constantly then slowly simmer for 5 minutes. Season with pepper and salt and serve with roast and vegetables.