Authentic German Pork Roast

authentic german pork roast

The authentic German pork roast is a traditional German dish that you can find in any good local German Inn or, as we call it in Germany, a “Gasthof”.
Back in the 50s or 60s many families that lived on the German countryside would have their own little farm with a barn, pig stable and a chicken coop. This little farm delivered almost everything what they needed at that time, plus they had also a garden and some fields for potatoes. Pork, potatoes, fresh milk and eggs – sustainable and viable. Once a year a pig was butchered by the local butcher.
Sausages would be made freshly the same day and the meat prepared to be smoked.  Such an event was called “Metzgete” – there is no really English word for it but it comes from the word “Metzger” who means butcher in English, so it would be home butchering.
The products of the Metzgete are also offered in the Inns of Germany’s South as a specialty. They would serve the fresh sausages and a special soup and of course the meat on a “Schlachtplatte”. It contains liver and blood sausages, sauerkraut and pork knuckle.

A pork roast would be a typical  dish of the  so called “Gutbürgerliche Küche” which means basically “home-style cooking”, and it would be served mostly Sundays. Enjoy this recipe  as much as I do. Happy Cooking!

Ingredients Authentic German Pork Roast

  • 1,5 kg – 2 kg pork (pork shoulder, or pork neck (Nacken)
  • 2 big onions
  • salt, pepper to taste
  • 125 ml vegetable broth (if you use instant broth use an organic brand) or go to – How to Make Vegetable Broth –
  • cooking oil, lard or clarified butter
  • spring or purified water

A Seasoning for Pork Roast

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Cooking Instructions Pork Roast

– Wash the meat thoroughly with cold water.
– Rub the meat thoroughly with salt and pepper.
– In a big pan heat oil or lard on high heat, brown the meat briefly; the pores of the meat have to close so the meat won’t dry out during the long cooking time.
– Add 1-2 tbsp oil into a fire proof form (dutch oven).
– Place the pork  in the middle of the form.
– Peel onions and cut them in slices; place onions next to the meat.
– Make the broth per instructions and pour about 125 ml over the onions and add 1/2 liter water.
– Let the pork roast cook in the oven for 3.5-4 hours on 350 degrees F. The Cooking time depends on the meat quality.
– Turn the meat every 30 minutes and pour some liquid from the form over it. Don’t let it dry completely.

Side Dishes

Mashed potatoes, Spätzle, or Knödel (dumplings), red cabbage, Sauerkraut. It’s great with potato salad  as well. Find the recipe for Spätzle below.
– How to make Spätzle –

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How to make the Gravy

– In a saucepan melt 3 tbsp butter.
– Stir in 1 tbsp cornstarch to butter and let brown for one minute, stirring frequently.
– Add stock from the roast to the mix. If you like add a splash of dry red wine.
– Season with salt and pepper to taste.
– Allow gravy to cook for three to four minutes or until it thickens.
– An additional tablespoon heavy cream adds some nice creamy flavor.

Good Source for German Style Meat and Sausages
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